This is it folks. The moment we have been waiting for. Just when we thought we would never see another Star Wars movie again(George Lucas went on record and said that), Disney purchases Lucasfilm and announces a new trilogy. That is what the hype is all about. Star Wars: The Force Awakens might just in fact be the most hyped movie of our lifetime. Add in the fact that the prequels were the last new Star Wars movies we had in theaters, audiences around the globe were waiting for redemption. For the longest time, us Star Wars fan excepted that the prequels would be the last movies released. So instead of thanking J.J. Abrams(we will get to him later), we really should be thanking one man – Bob Iger. Without the Disney CEO, Disney would have never purchased Lucasfilm(Star Wars and Indiana Jones). So I must start off this review by saying, Thank you Mr. Iger for continuing our dream of having more Star Wars movies.
Ok, now to the review of The Force Awakens. I can tell you right now that it did not live up to my expectations. THAT DOESN’T MEAN I DIDN’T THINK IT WAS GOOD. I had a blast watching this movie, but for some reason there were somethings that left me confused. This is my non-spoiler review so I will not go into details, but some things just didn’t make sense to me. Don’t get me wrong – the good outweighs the bad. The problems I had with The Force Awakens were nowhere NEAR the problems I had with the prequels. First of, the acting was great in this movie. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Issac, Adam Driver, and Domhnall Gleeson were all fantastic in their roles. I wish more characters had more screen time(Kylo Ren, Rey, and Finn had the most), but that’s why we have two more movies coming out. This was a great introduction movie that did what it had to do.
Of course we get to see some familiar faces, with Han Solo and Chewbacca being in most of the movie. It was great to see those two ESPECIALLY on the Millennium Falcon. The scene where they first showed up, the audience in the theater I was in instantly started to clap. We get to see Princess Leia who is now a General for the Resistance(the new Rebel Alliance). The scenes with Han and Leia(also playing Leia’s theme) were just fantastic. It is great to see them on screen together after all these years. We also get to see our favorite droids C-3PO and R2-D2 for a little, but the droid that steals the show is none other than BB-8. We all know the hype for the BB-8 toys were crazy, but I did not expect to fall in love with this character. The droid made every scene it was in, better. More BB-8 please! The one who has the most potential has to be Rey. Daisy Ridley does a fantastic job at portraying our female hero. In a time where there are a lot of female heroes, Rey might be the best of them all.
Now to the First Order(formally the Galactic Empire). From the trailers and toys, common audience members would assume Kylo Ren is the main villain. In fact, I believed(and after now watching this I can confirm), that Supereme Leader Snoke will be the villain of this new trilogy. He isn’t in too many scenes, but you will feel what I’m talking about after you watch it. I have my own speculation of who the character really might be, but I will save that for another time. The character that had the most development had to have been Kylo Ren. Without giving away any spoilers, it’s obvious he had to have a lot of screen time so you knew the character’s journey. General Hux turned out to be this new generation’s Grand Moff Tarkin, while Captain Phasma did not have too much screen time as I thought she would have.
It’s very hard for me to review this movie without giving spoilers. I will have to do a spoiler review as well, but I recommend reading that once you have watched it. Although I don’t think it was as good as the originals(it was better than Return of the Jedi), it is FAR better than the prequels. You can’t expect this movie to be perfect since it is fitting 30 years worth of history into a 2 hr movie. J.J. Abrams does a great job breathing new life into the franchise. Although it has the same beats to A New Hope, Creed did the same for Rocky and that movie was excellent. Thankfully, this movie will make us more excited for things to come. Bring on Episode VIII! I give Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens a 8/10.