Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)

A new story for a new generation.

When I first heard that there was going to be three more Star Wars films I was both excited and worried.

We saw that the last three films which documented Anakin Skywalker’s descent to the dark side weren’t received in the most positive light compared to the originals.

But then seeing that J. J. Abrams was in the director’s chair eased my fears a lot! Personally, I love what he does in the sci-fi world. He knows how to open a window into other worlds and has a limitless imagination.

So, enter Rey, our new heroine. She’s fending for herself and lives day by day. She has to be strong and independent while she waits for her family to return to her.

She stumbles across a cute droid who happens to contain the map that leads to Luke Skywalker, who is hiding from the First Order – the new regime that has risen from the ashes of the Empire.

If I’m being honest, it took me a while to warm up to Rey. But nonetheless, it’s always refreshing to have a female lead, especially one who is up to the task. And up to the task Daisy Ridley is.

The new BB8 droid is a masterpiece, worthy of fame and accolade just like C3PO and R2D2.

And the new villain on the block Kylo Ren is one mean looking (and sounding) dude!

His calm, yet authoritative, manner is chilling as you don’t know what he’s capable of.

There may be new faces heading up this galactic adventure but Abrams makes sure the essence of the original Saga runs through The Force Awakens.

Awesome effects – even in 3D – original sound effects, insanely huge spaceships, THE Millennium Falcon and the lightsabers we love so much are all there.

This is a perfect story to introduce a new generation to the Star Wars universe and it has everything die hard fans would want and expect to see in a new adventure.

There was an element of the story I was surprised to see which took away from the film (I won’t spoil it for you here) but I still thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it as I laughed, gasped and sat at the edge of my seat! Thank you J. J., thank you!

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2 comments

  1. JO_Wass · January 30, 2016

    Nice review! Although there were a lot of things about the film that I would consider flaws on a strictly intellectual level, such as the over-zealous catering to the old fans, the rehash of Episode IV, the sacrifice of character development over action and plot, etc, I really, really loved the movie. It was, as you write, a very impressive way of handing over the torch from an old to a new generation, done in a way that didn’t offend any of them. But on the other hand, that’s sort of part of the problem with the movie. It did everything we hoped it would do so well, that there wasn’t much that surprised us (even that one big revelation and its logical conclusion really wasn’t THAT surprising, considering the overall arc of the franchise and how it’s been built up). It did also feel a bit like the film where’s were gearing up for the new adventure, sort of a prelude to the actual story, and I can’t wait to see the next one (I’m really bummed out over the release push-back to December 2017). Thanks for the write-up!

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    • secretmoviegeek · January 31, 2016

      Thanks for your comments! I enjoyed the film even though I felt there were elements that were a bit ‘safe’ to please old fans but also introduce the new generation to star wars. Like you said, now that the new characters have been introduced, hopefully the next film will be a bit more meaty story wise!

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