Star Wars like you’ve never seen before…except for most of the stuff.
You may be wondering the biggest question of all right now…is it good?
Yes, but how good it is will depend on what you take away from this film and what you actually wanted from a new Star Wars movie.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the beginning of a new trilogy. We follow a new trio Rey, Finn, and Poe as they go on a mission to find a certain something, while also battling a new evil force in the universe, The First Order.
You’ll be happy to know that the new characters are fantastic and John Boyega (Finn) and Daisy Ridley (Rey) are a real marvel in their respective roles. They have great comedic timing and are able to show a lot of emotion that really helps you get inside these characters heads. Oscar Isaac (Poe) is also great, but he’s a much less integral character in this movie than the other two. Obviously past characters make an appearance, and the cameos are a very fun touch but one seems to overshadow the new characters a little too much. Adam Driver as Kylo Ren is a bit of a mixed bag. Adam Driver’s acting is not the thing to be complaining about, as he does a really good job at expressing his unstable mind. It’s more of the look, and his constantly wavering power levels that feel a bit off. After all of that BB8 will probably be your new favorite character anyways. That dude is just a ball of fun.
Visually the movie is rather stunning. All the ships, lasers, lightsabers, and costumes are all excellent. The dogfights and the battle scenes are probably the most enjoyable parts of the film. They’re tense, clever, exciting, and just a visual feast for your eyes. The creature costumes were also really well done, which is why some of the CGI is rather bothersome. A few of the more “important” side characters are CGI and it is rather noticeable. It’s not strikingly bad, but it sorta takes you out of the scene and you wish they would’ve gone a different direction with them. But these scenes are, luckily, very few and far between.
The major crutch of The Force Awakens is that it is literally A New Hope. Specific scenes, character roles, and basically the entire plot is taken from A New Hope. This is rather disappointing because it will feel like you’re watching that movie with newer characters and some details that are changed. I was hoping we’d explore new and exciting things in the Star Wars universe, but instead we tread old ground. I do have hope that the next film will branch out and tackle something newer and exciting, and not just be Empire Strikes Back 2.0.
There are some questionable creative choices you’ll think about as you watch the film. There are some eye rolling scenes, especially towards the end of the film where they seem to rush a very important aspect of someone’s character. Overall though, you’ll likely have fun with this movie. It’s a little too safe for my taste maybe even a little bit stale, but it also gets you excited and you’ll find yourself enjoying the spectacle and the surprising humor.
You’ll have a lot of questions after this movie’s over. Here’s hoping the next one will have some answers.I’d go into more details but I’d rather not spoil the fun for y’all.
Overall score: 3.75/5 Stars
How long has Luke been standing there looking at the ocean?
That is all.