It's no secret I'm a massive Star Wars fan. There's probably nothing that has shaped me as a person than the effect seeing the first one back in 1977 when I was 8 years old. My father took me, my sister, my grandmother and my best friend at the time to see it in a cinema at Leicester Square one evening. It blew my mind and I came out pretending a rolled up newspaper was a lightsabre. I then read the books, the comics, played with the toys, collected cards, listened to the soundtrack and basically lived and breathed Star Wars. I persuaded my father to take me a second time, and another friend's mum to take me a third. I couldn't get enough of this world from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far, far away.
I was excited when they announced the prequels, crowding around a computer while a friend downloaded the trailer over the internet (wait time 4 hours). Unfortunately they turned out to be rather crap.
So when Disney bought LucasFilms and announced they were making Episode 7, I was excited but rather cautious. But every trailer worked that doubt out of me. It all looked so good. I even didn't mind that they were using the same name I'd picked for my bad guy in HWF for the planet Rey is stranded on - Jakku. This just showed we were thinking in sync.
I finally got to see the film a week ago and the short review is wow!
It was perfect. Its was action-packed, with great fresh new characters, with funny moments, tender moments and on-the-edge-of-your-seat moments. The scale was epic with crashed star destroyers and planets designed to destroy stars.
The new characters really stand out - Rey, Finn and the new baddie, Kylo Ren. I really like the fact that Kylo doesn't think he's bad but he's continuing his Grandfather's legacy (his grandfather being Darth Vader).
And I love BB-8. What a great little droid. Amazing how a rolling ball with one eye that doesn't speak can have so much emotion.
I've already seen the film twice in eye-popping IMAX 3D and can't wait to go again.
Bravo Disney and JJ Abrams.