First of all, this post contains some spoilers of episode 7. And if, like me, you try to prevent yourself from potential fan theories spoilers about episode 8, don't worry, you can read this. This article is about episode 7 and only about it. And since I'm french, my English might not be that perfect.
Most people think that the Force awakens as Rey discovers her Force abilities. I can agree with that. But Snoke told Kylo Ren “there’s been an awakening" way earlier in the movie...
So what "The Force Awakens" really refers to? Here is my bet.
The Force Theme
The key of my thoughs is based on the "Force Theme". This might be my favorite movie theme of all time. It appeared for the first time in episode IV (and was directly link to Luke). It was also used in "The Force Awakens" trailers. If it still doesn't ring a bell, here it is:
The theme can have different pitches or harmony variations but it is always composed of 3 parts.
- The Intro from 0:25 to 0:32
- The Progression from 0:33 to 0:37
- The Conclusion from 0:38 to 0:47 , which is the most important part.
Incomplete during the movie...
We can clearly hear this theme through the whole movie. But the conclusion part is always missing.
When Maz Kanata shows the light saber to Rey, we only have intro+progression (Maz's Counsel track from 2:13 to 2:31).
When Rey fights against Kylo Ren, we hear the theme 3 times (The Ways of the Force track from 0:12 to 0:25, from 1:50 to 2:05 and finally from 2:37 to 2:50), and even if Rey seems to really understand the Force at tha point, still no conclusion to the theme...
Some glimpses of the Force Theme can also be found in the following tracks "The journeys home", "Torn Appart" and "Farewell and the trip", all of them incomplete.
Yet still incomplete, the theme intensifies as the movie goes. The Force is awakening slowly, but it's still not awake.
...Except at this specific moment
The theme is complete only once during the whole movie. And it's during the final scene. When Luke finally appears. Intro, Progression... and as you can hear it bellow, finally the conclusion (The Jedi steps track from 1:38 to 2:02)
And THAT moment, is the moment when the awakening is complete. "The Force Awakens" is really the story of getting Luke back to the game. Taking him out of his "retirement". That is what Snoke was afraid of. I think he saw the big picture quite early, with BB8 having the map, teaming up with Rey discovering her Force habilities, etc.
That's it! So what do you think? Am I missing something, do you agree with that? Some says that the movie might be about Finn's awakening! Whatever you think, Iet me know and let's talk about that in the comments section!