Star Wars: The Force Awakens - 8 Reasons It's Better The Second Time

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It's rare that a movie plays as well the second time as it does the first. For starters, a film has to earn its right to a second viewing (which the majority do not). Few people are likely to ever say to themselves: "Hey, I really feel like watching Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen again tonight... that's what I'm seriously in the mood for!" Then there's the little notion that, generally speaking, motion pictures rarely manage to win you over in the same capacity when you revisit them. Remember when we all went to see Avatar and came out thinking that it was the greatest movie ever? And then we all watched it again and realised that it just, like, okay? Kind of embarrassing, right? And yet, believe it or not, but there is one recent movie that has - against the odds - revealed itself to be a keeper; a modern blockbuster that actually holds up on a second viewing (shocker!). The movie is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams' retro-inclined sequel to 1983's Return Of The Jedi. Sitting down to the film the first time, chances are that you enjoyed it, but had a few reservations about the plot and the characters - reservations that you'd imagine would become even more problematic without that initial hype and excitement. Nope: Episode VII is actually a better experience the second time you see it. Here's why...


Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.