Just as most of the Star Wars film's have some subtle moments – Luke wearing white under his black costume in Jedi is a great one, The Force Awakens has it's fair share. Here's a few we've noticed.
Don't let the sun go down on me
In the climatic moment where Kylo Ren kills his father, Han Solo the light is bathing them both. Blue and red light flushes Kylo's face. He is torn between the dark side and the light side of the Force and appears to have to make a choice. He chooses the dark and the step towards it is a saber plunged into his brave father's chest. Just at the moment, the Star Killer sucks the last remnant of solar energy from the sun and thus dies, so too does any light left in Kylo Ren.
While it's not a wholly subtle moment – indeed, the lighting effects are in your face, what is somewhat subtle is the as the sun literally dies, Han Solo's son is lost to the dark side.
Prior to this moment, Poe Dameron makes a telling statement while his X-Wing squadron is attacking the Star Killer base. He tells them that have have a chance while there is still light, as did Han and Kylo.
A ray of light
Given a key theme of this movie is the dark and light side of the Force, we should take a brief moment to consider Rey's name. Spelt R-E-Y, it's said exactly the same as RAY as in Rey is a ray of light. That's a forest for the trees kind of subtle. As an aside, the scene where Rey defends herself is designed to show she can handle herself in combat. This subtly (along with Chewie's unsubtle bowcaster blast to Ren's chest) serves to inform the viewer that when Rey goes head to head with Kylo Ren she has the necessary skills to stand her ground.
When Chewie complains about being cold whilst on the Star Killer base, Han gives him some ribbing for it as they are all cold in the ice he jests with the quote, “you're cold?” suggesting that because Chewie has fur, he shouldn't be. Later on as they are about to leave the installation, Chewie picked up Han's forgotten dropped jacket and gives it to him so he won't be cold as they are heading back out side.
An old friend makes a cameo appearance
There are plenty of cameo appearances in The Force Awakens but the voice-over by Ben Kenobi is the most interesting. During Rey's flash back sequence when she touches Luke's lightsaber, he hears Obi Wan call out to Rey “Rey! These are you first steps!”. There's a lot going on in the flashback so it's arguably subtle – especially as this author missed it on first viewing! Even Yoda's voice was thrown into the mix.
Both Ewan Macgregor and Alec Guiness each feature in the same single line that can be heard during Rey's encounter with Luke's lightsaber. Alec does the ‘Rey' part and Macgregor does the ‘there are your first steps'. Here's how they managed this trick.
Han punched first
When Han chooses to push one of the bad guys into the path of the Rathtor beast that had been let loose on his freighter, that was the equivalent of Han shooting first – as we all know he did when confronted by the green Greedo in A New Hope.
Lor San Tekka is Boba Fett?
We're going out here on a limb but we think that Boba Fett is Lor San Tekka. We don't have much evidence other than the fact that his amour makes an apparent appearance in Chuck Wendig's Aftermath novel and that the novelization of The Force Awakens refers to Tekka as being a former soldier of fortune, which could fit the description of a bounty hunter.
That's all we've found and thought about so far – let us know what you've found in the comments and we'll add them to this piece! Want more moments? Check some subtle moments found in Revenge of the Sith.
Paul Rose Jr has worked as TV News Producer, Forensic Analyst, and Train Conductor, among many other things. He’s the former TV Editor for Infuzemag.com and owns more books, DVDs, and comics than most people have seen in their lifetimes. When he’s not writing articles, he exercises his creative muscle writing screenplays and acting in film and television in Los Angeles, CA.