We’re finally here, after two years of speculation, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has arrived and it’s worth the wait. It’s the best movie of the year as far as I’m concerned. There we’re two thoughts on my mind when I left the theater: I want to see this movie again right now, and I can’t wait for episode 8.
The story stars off with Finn, a Stormtrooper who decides to leave the First Order (which is the new empire) and meets with Rey who is waiting for her family on Jakku. The two bond and meet Han Solo and Chewbaca, and the crew goes on an adventure while Kylo Ren, the new bad guy who wants to complete what Darth Vader once started, is after them at all cost.
First off the bat, Star Wars The Force Awakens is everything you would hope it would be and more. It had tons of expectations going in, and it fulfilled them and surpassed all of them. There are very few criticisms I had for the film (there are flaws, but not many) but let’s get to the good stuff first.
All the new characters we’re fantastic. Daisey Ridley was amazing as Rey and was a great female character that could take care of herself. This is her first big budget movie, and does she probably gives the best “new” performance in the entire film.
John Boyega is very good as Finn, the Stormtrooper. He sometimes overacts a bit but his chemistry with Rey is great and as the movie progresses his character gets more fleshed out.
Oscar Isaac as Poe is terrific. His character was really likeable and reminded me of a young Han Solo although he isn’t cocky. He is simply sure of himself and instantly amiable.
Adam Driver is incredible as Kylo Ren. This character is awesome. He is a fantastic villain and nothing like Darth Vader. He is obsessed with Darth Vader but acts nothing like him.
He kind of reminded me of Dandy in American Horror Story Freak Show. When he doesn’t get what he wants he gets pissed off and has a break down.
And of course, last but not least, BB-8 is adorable. He is such a great droid and he’s so funny too. If you bought yourself a BB-8 droid for Christmas, don’t feel bad because it’s awesome.
Harrison Ford kills it as Han Solo. His banter with Chewie is freaking great. The magic is back and it’s still stronger than ever before.
Carrie Fisher reprises her role as Princess Leia and while she doesn’t have a lot do, it was great to see interacting with Han again.
The action is really exciting and it’s a very fast paced movie as well. It never gets boring, unlike those prequels, which should have just been called Star Talk instead of Star Wars.
The music by John Williams is once again amazing (as I am typing this I already bought the soundtrack to the movie) and it takes you right back in a galaxy far, far away again. Speaking of which, that opening crawl is fantastic and has nothing to do with trade negotiations (thank god).
As for flaws, the story does mirror a lot A New Hope. It has some of the same beats (new Death Star, which was fine, but I was way more interested in the overall mystery of the film). Some people will have a problem with that, while I was fine with it, since history does repeat itself and not everyone learns from their past mistakes.
Not every question is answered in this film, which was a risk by the filmmakers. Certain people will be disappointed that not everything is explained, but you have to remember that there are two more movies coming, and episode 8 is just a year and a half away.
There are also one or two places that the CGI is noticeable, like Maz Kanata’s character, which was a great character, but felt a little out of place. The design of Supreme leader Snoke was also a bit weird and off-putting at first, but I’m positive that he will make a menacing villain in the future.
There’s also Captain Phasma, who could have used more screen time than she had but she was threatening in the scenes she was in. All these villains will come to play in the future without a doubt, you can tell that LucasFilm had a plan.
J.J. Abrams did an incredible job directing this movie despite all the challenges that the prequels set in front of him. The Force Awakens is an incredible achievement and is worthy of the name Star Wars. J.J. made us care about these characters again and made us glad that we’re once again a long time ago, in a galaxy, far, far away.