Falkirk Star Wars fans give their verdict on movie

Fans of sci fi sensation Star Wars turned out in their droves at midnight in Falkirk to see the long-awaited release of the latest instalment of the intergalactic blockbuster – and they weren’t disappointed.

Falkirk Cineworld was packed as fans flocked to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which revisits events 40 years on from the first trilogy and features some of the iconic characters that has given the movies such a cult following.

Philip Scott as Boba Fett, Ewok Zoe McCondochie and husband Gavin as Han Solo. Picture: Michael Gillen

Philip Scott as Boba Fett, Ewok Zoe McCondochie and husband Gavin as Han Solo. Picture: Michael Gillen

While the first three films wowed audiences, the second trilogy disappointed many diehard fans but the first in the new franchise looks to have got off to a good start.

Here’s what some of the midnight moviegoers said about it – Stephen McGuire said: “Fantastic film! Lived up to the hype no problem. The character development from the Return Of The Jedi was immense. The new characters were brilliantly acted and captured the heart of the original trilogy. The plot was great and had few surprises in there! 10/10 from me.”

Simon Heggie said: “Dragged my gf along, was an incredible film”.

Not everyone is a fan though as Sarah Robertson testified on our Facebook page. She said: “My loser boyfriend went to the cinema at midnight. He crawled in to bed at 4am & that was me up for the day. Needless to say, I’m not a fan!”.

Reporter Scott McAngus in his Stormtrooper outfit. Picture: Michael Gillen

Reporter Scott McAngus in his Stormtrooper outfit. Picture: Michael Gillen

Other superfans dressed up as their favourite characters to mark the milestone occasion at Cineworld where our photographer Michael Gillen caught up with them.

Hazel McArthur (26), from Carron, looked lovely as Leia and Neil Turnbull (28), also from Carron, was a handsome Han Solo.

Grangemouth trio Zoe McCondochie (29), a beautician at Fusion Hair and Beauty in Falkirk, was an elegant Ewok carrying Yoda. Husband Gavin (31) was Han Solo and pal Philip Scott (39) looked awesome as Bob Fett.

Zoe said: “The film is good but I think I’ll have to watch it again to pick some of things up but it does live up to the hype. I really enjoyed it.

Hazel McArthur as Princess Leia and Neil Turnbull as Han Solo. Picture: Michael Gillen

Hazel McArthur as Princess Leia and Neil Turnbull as Han Solo. Picture: Michael Gillen

“We love Star Wars and had to go to the midnight showing because we couldn’t wait to see it. Philip bought his costume but we made ours.”