By Laura Magee
I thought the best way to approach the festive assignment was to start by flicking through the channels and stop on a film I had never heard of before. I stopped on ‘The Holiday’ on ITV2 which features Cameron Diaz and Jude Law. At this point I had visions of a holiday that goes disastrously wrong, I’m the kind of person that would rather watch a film where nothing goes wrong, but regardless I thought I’d give it a whirl. Two hours later and I can safely say it’s up there with the likes of Notting Hill. In some ways I felt I had cheated this christmas homework because I ended up watching a film that I happened to love. Had someone told me about the plot, I wouldn’t have chose it for this task. But that’s one thing I learnt, is that behind every unassuming name could lie something you love.
So instead, after being persuaded by my dad, I finally went to see the much anticipated Star Wars film last night. I was slightly disappointed that he didn’t want to dress up. Isn’t that what you’re meant to do?!
I arrived at the cinema and everyone looked rather normal. Were they all undercover Jedi’s? What is a Jedi? Anyhow, I clearly had a lot to learn about this sci-fi world.
I began the night knowing very little except from lightsabers, Darth Vader, ’the force’ and had a vague understanding that behind the doors of some mens bedrooms held Star Wars shrines with some even living in the fear that stormtroopers could appear around the next aisle when they nip to their local Tesco.
By the end of the film, I was completely attached to a bear with a bag.
(In this short review it is safe to say Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo will 100% still be in a job next year)
*Spoiler Alert* – don’t say I didn’t tell you.
Despite not knowing the previous storylines, it wasn’t a problem which made it really useful at capturing a new wave of fans who hadn’t grown up with the films. It was quite evident throughout that good was going to conquer evil, which I can imagine is understandably bad for some. As with a lot of sci-fi films, I felt like there was a lot of unnecessary destruction which just results in a lot of clearing up for the people who live there on the planet. Nevertheless, everything looked really good. I felt Daisy Ridley did a great job as the lead role, as did everyone who features in the film. It was really nice to see them all going back for their friends when problems arose, they had a real sense of camaraderie. And as we know ‘teamwork makes the dreamwork’.
I found it fascinating how the creators can orchestrate an emotional connection between a human and a robotic rolling ball! Additionally, how everyone involved managed to keep a straight face when they had to look at their colleagues in some of those outfits.
To conclude, the First Order would have been better off going on a lads holiday to Ayia Napa and floating away with their worries on a rubber ring drinking cocktails while Luke Skywalker took the time he needed to find himself. As for Kylo Ren, I always believe that behind every person perceived to be bad, there is a heart of good.
I would give this film a rating of 9.5 out of 10. The only thing I find slightly saddening, is that the free lightsaber spoons in packs of cereal don’t light up!
Oh dear, I’m really getting into this…
Have a great Christmas!