I finally watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

I finally watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens yesterday.

I have been looking forward to seeing this wonderful story continue ever since I first heard they were making another Star Wars film.

When I found out the original cast were reprising their roles, I was almost beside myself with excitement. These are characters I grew up with, that I love. These films, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, form parts of my earliest memories.

But as the release date came and went I just couldn’t quite bring myself to go and see it. After the bitter disappointments of the prequels (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith) I was worried.

Worried they would make a film that didn’t live up to my expectations, a film with Leia, Luke, Han, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2 that sucked.

So yesterday I finally sucked it up and saw the film. As it turns out, I needn’t have worried — I loved it (apart from one part which I won’t spoil).

I loved the humour in it, the way they went old school — giving a big nod to the “originals”. In addition to the core original cast, as you watch the film you will see a whole host of familiar faces/characters.

When the Millennium Falcon appeared on screen for the first time my heart fluttered. Each time a familiar character appeared on screen I was filled with joy.

At the end of the film I was so relieved that it didn’t suck, I’d barely made it out of the cinema when I’d decided to see it again.

A big congratulations and thank you, goes to the team behind The Force Awakens. The film answered some questions and raises a whole bunch of new ones which will keep the fans (including myself) busy theorising about until the next installment.

I think the Star Wars universe is in good hands.

Bring on the next one.