Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been out for almost a month, and is now the highest grossing film in US box office history, I think it’s safe to finally discuss some plot points of the film without spoilers. I mean, everyone has already watched it, right? It’s no longer a spoiler if you’ve viewed it, but here is my obligatory spoiler warning:
If you have not watched Force Awakens, please stop reading now.
The biggest thing that happens in the film is of course Han Solo’s death. Some have argued that his death scene and the build-up to it was not worthy of his character. For me, his death didn’t have much emotional impact for me because I actually saw it coming almost ten minutes before it happened. I have watched several of JJ Abrams’s shows in the past (Alias, Lost), and I am very familiar with his pattern. He’s unafraid of killing off important characters so long as it helps to advance the plot. And from the moment Han stepped on the bridge to confront Kylo, I thought to myself: “That’s it, he’s dead for sure. Goodbye.”
I greatly enjoyed The Force Awakens because I watched it at 12:20am, 17 December during opening day here in Singapore. I do not consider myself a diehard Star Wars fan, far from it. My main motivation for watching the film so early was so that I could avoid all the inevitable spoilers on social media.
In hindsight, I’m very happy with my decision. I absolutely abhor spoilers with a passion, even for non-spoilery movie details like “Finn is a former Stormtrooper”. I didn’t know that Finn was a Stormtrooper because I had avoided all previews of Force Awakens. Didn’t read a single preview about it, and I didn’t even watch the teaser trailer. All these things would have ruined my enjoyment of the film, and even the movie poster itself was a bit too spoilery for my taste.
Why is that Sith holding a cross-bladed lightsaber?
Why is he wearing a Darth Revan mask? Is the film borrowing plot elements from Knights of the Old Republic?
All of these thoughts in my head would have been better left to discovering them on my own while watching the film.
There were a few of my friends on Facebook who complained vehemently about being spoiled, and all I can say to them is: It’s your fault. Too bad.
It’s a far superior experience if you walk into the theatre blind with no foreknowledge about the film. Give it a try. You can only watch a movie for the first time once. Make sure that first experience is the best possible one, just follow these simple steps:
- Log out and turn off all of your social media in the days leading up to an important film.
- Steer clear from friends and peers whom you KNOW will spoil the details
- Watch the film as early as possible, if you can