Alright, here is my SPOILER HEAVY review for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. If you have not watched the film yet, please do not read this review. I am warning you. The less you know about a movie walking in, the better. Especially with a Star Wars movie. Can you imagine if you waked into The Empire Strikes Back already knowing Vader was Luke’s father? Kills the fun. So let’s start the SPOILER REVIEW for The Force Awakens! Last chance to turn back!
Alright, now I can talk about how I truly feel about The Force Awakens without holding anything back. The main thing I loved was the fact that the crew filmed at actual locations rather than in front of a green screen the whole time. It feels alot more real and practical. All the warfare on Jakku(Kylo Ren with the Stormtroopers attacking the village, or Finn and Rey running from the First Order) looks more authentic since it’s shot on actual locations. Jakku is the new Tatooine of this trilogy. A lot of important things happen on this planet: Poe Dameron gets a piece of the map that leads to Luke Skywalker, and most importantly we get the first hint of who Kylo Ren’s family is.
Once Finn, Rey, and the BB-8 are accompanied by Han Solo and Chewbacca, that is when the audience learns that Kylo Ren is in fact the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia. Kylo’s real name is Ben Solo(maybe after Obi-Wan?). In the end, Kylo ends up killing Han. Yes – Han Solo is dead. Something that Harrison Ford has been wanting for 30 yrs. Anyways, Kylo was training to be a Jedi under Luke Skywalker(which is the reason Luke went into hiding) before he was turned to the dark side by Supreme Leader Snoke. Also, in my opinion – I believe Snoke is really Darth Plagueis. Yes I know Palpatine “killed” him to become the ultimate Sith Lord, but how else would the Sith continue to live if both Palpatine and Vader are dead. There always has to be two(master and apprentice). There is also a scene in which Kylo Ren tells Han Solo that Snoke is “wise” – hence Darth Plagueis the Wise. This is all speculation so I may be right or wrong.
We also get a great hero in Rey. Now as much as I love the character of Rey(played beautifully by Daisy Ridley), I don’t understand how she can learn her power and then be so great at it. Yeah, Luke is supposed to be her father, but Luke was Anakin’s son and he didn’t even learn the ways of the force that fast. In A New Hope, the only time Luke used the force was when he blew up the Death Star. You’re telling me that Rey who just learns the force can already do Jedi mind tricks, pilot the Millennium Falcon, AND beat Kylo Ren in a lightsaber duel? COME ON. I get it you want to make your female hero strong and I have no problem with that. But don’t just make it unbelievable. In Episode VIII, Rey would damn near be where Luke was in Episode VI. Doesn’t make sense to me, but I’m sure it will all be answer in the next movie.
So even though there were some plotholes, like how did Maz Kanata have Luke’s lightsaber, I enjoyed the movie for what it was. Like I said in the other review I did without the spoilers, it’s almost a remake of A New Hope. Some may not like that, and some may enjoy it. Casual Star Wars fans will enjoy this, but others may just be happy that the movie doesn’t suck. And the fact this movie has a higher rating on Rotten Tomatoes than The Empire Strikes Back is bullshit. I put The Force Awakens in my top 3 Star Wars films, being behind both The Empire Strikes Back then following A New Hope. I don’t want people to think I hate this movie because I don’t, I’m just trying to say this isn’t a perfect movie. You never know, maybe the stuff left unanswered will be answered in Episode VIII. I’m not going to lie though, watching it the 2nd time did help me enjoy it more since my expectations were lowered. After the 2nd viewing, I still give The Force Awakens a solid 8/10.