10 Things To Notice When You Re-Watch "The Force Awakens"
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10 Things To Notice When You Re-Watch "The Force Awakens"

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10 Things To Notice When You Re-Watch "The Force Awakens"

By now, you may have re-watched "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," multiple times. Experiencing a film more than once means getting the chance to notice new things. Here are some of my favorite nuances to appreciate in the galaxy far, far away...

1. Kylo Ren's lightsaber

Yes, of course you noticed the iconic three-pronged lightsaber the first time. But taking the time to appreciate the sparks that zing from the weapon can lead to a deeper understanding of the character who wields it.

“The lightsaber is something that he built himself, and is as dangerous and as fierce and as ragged as the character,” according to Abrams.

2. "I always do."

Han's brief exchange with Chewie seems casual the first time you watch the movie, but later you may see the conversation as a bit of foreshadowing...what would happen if Han didn't try to talk his way out of every situation?

3. The cantina music

Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer and star of the innovative Broadway hit Hamilton, wrote the new cantina music for TFA. It was a "joyous collaboration" with J.J. Abrams. I knew of this before my first watch, but loved the tune even more the second time.

4. The background buddies

Just look at these guys! The diversity in the "Star Wars" universe is remarkable...

5. How R2-D2 and C-3PO are props, not CGI creations

This is the realest our dear old robot friends have been. And they look great! Even if C-3PO has a red arm. More on that later...

6. "There is still light..."

Does this heartfelt line from General Leia Organa remind you of anything? Oh, yeah. Believing in the family runs oh, y'know, in the family.

7. Rey and Finn's hug

After all the "Let go of my hand!" exclamations from Rey in the beginning of the film, the audience understands that our heroine isn't a big fan of touch.

But when she discovers that Finn spearheaded the effort to rescue her, she gives him a wonderful hug. It makes a nice contrast against the beginning of their friendship and repairs the rupture of trust that appeared after the cantina scene.

8. The increased presence of women

Lady x-wing pilots and Stormtroopers? Yes, please.

9. The lighting in the scene Han and Kylo share

Ben/Kylo has admitted that the light calls to him, and obviously the dark does its share of calling too. The conflicting blue and red tones that meet in the center of the faces in this scene symbolize the polarized sides that Ben/Kylo chooses between. The red overwhelms Han in the end...

10. C-3PO's repaired arm

In the end of the movie, C-3PO is all made over to meet with R2-D2 again. Where did he find another gold arm? Who knows or cares? But this little tidbit snuck past my awareness; my sister had to tell me about it.

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