So over Christmas I finally got time on my side to pop on over to Cineworld in Llandudno to get to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Right from the very moment that the cast was announced for Episode 7 and the rather luscious The Force Awakens trailer that we were teased with, we have been eagerly awaiting the release of a new chapter in Star Wars history.

Now following on from the original trilogy, with original cast members including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, the space saga has blasted onto cinema screens across the world for another journey to a galaxy far, far away.

The Force Awakens feels very much like the original trilogy, I’m talking about the untouched versions that were released starting from 1977, J.J. Abrams has made great use of physical effects, specially with the likes of the Millennium Falcon and of course BB-8, making the film feel more realistic.

There was so much chatter and noise going on as the lights dimmed and the trailers started, but after the trailers and at the moment that the screen was dimmed into darkness, everyone went quiet, the Star Wars scrolling text appeared and we were all on our way into the next chapter.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a film that many have waited for years and it does have its good points and bad points, I suppose you could say the light and dark sides.

Star Wars VII Trailer Still

The film has a steady pace with some lovely set action sequences which do have you on the edge of your seat as you watch the film, but it does have its many plot holes, which let the film down, although you can brush a few of these off with thoughts that some may be answered in the next two movies.

But many such as, Rey knowing all about Han and Chewie, but not knowing that the “hunk of junk” on your doorstep is, in fact, the Falcon, make you wonder why something like that would be allowed to slip through!

With those issues put to one side, The Force Awakens is an enjoyable movie, it was great to see how the Kylo Ren character played out and how the original characters were brought into Episode VII, also a nice idea on Finn’s character about how and why he was a StormTrooper.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 3D

Now the issue of the 3D, I have to say I have seen so much better in the world of  3D movies, many of the scenes in the film seemed “flat”, this may have been down to may of the scenes being dark and from experience with 3D films, the brighter the better for the effect.

Nothing really seemed to “pop” out of the screen and make me want to move back or to one side to dodge anything, which is a shame as something like The Force Awakens would have been an ideal movie for some 3D that jumped out.

In my honest opinion, I would recommend either the 2D version or if you want to spend that little extra, try the IMAX screening, which is always a great cinema going experience.

So overall, The Force Awakens is a movie that has fitted in well in the Star Wars universe, the CGI is limited down so that we get to see a full-scale Falcon and X-Wings etc, which makes the film feel so much more realistic, which works so much better than actors boarding a CGI ship.

My recommendation is, go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s fun, exciting and does take you back to a time when you were excited to see Star Wars back in 1977. Now I’m looking forward to Episode VIII in 2017, just hope it polishes out any plot holes from the script first.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and photographer. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UKs Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham