Nature in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I will only warn you once: Spoilers. 

So The Force Awakens was released in the UK today and yup, it’s still pretty good but flawed (seriously, not one member of the crew realised that it would be a little weird for Leia to walk straight passed Chewie and hug Rey after Han dies?).

Something the film does right is its use of nature as a force unto itself.

In the original trilogy, a few notable scenes show nature as an intimidating force or threat.  These scenes remain pretty iconic.  Luke and the tauntaun succumbing to the harsh blizzard on Hoth.  Han navigating through the Hoth asteroid field with approximately three thousand seven hundred and twenty to one odds.  The x-wing being swallowed whole by the Dagoba swamp.  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that these three examples are from The Empire Strikes Back, often regarded to be the best of the series.

In the Force Awakens, three great moments stand out. Continue reading