(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is nostalgic, funny, and entertaining, it is our generation’s Star Wars.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Let me start right from the jump, and prepare for shoes to get thrown at me with what am I about to say. I’m not that big of a fan of Star Wars. (Immediately dodges shoes.) Let me explain. I respect these franchise as iconic with some of the most memorable characters in cinematic history. What I don’t understand is why the obsession with these called “Fan Boys.” I just don’t compare this obsession with my obsession with Marvel Comics. (Which makes me a “Fan Boy” in that regard.) One person tells me I like characters more grounded which is why I feel that way. Or maybe my real first exposure to Star Wars are the horrible prequels. I respect it, but while everyone is hyped about about this new Star Wars movie coming, I’m in the back seat actually thinking will this be worth it to watch. I have decided to watch the movies from Episodes 1 through 6, and my opinion now is that the prequels are just awful, but I got a new respect for the original trilogy and why it is a good franchise. So now I was mentally ready for this new movie, and I do like J. J. Abrams as a director. I’m happy to say, it was worth the hype.
What I Like: Let me start with J. J. Abrams. A round of applause to him. He crafted a very good Star Wars movie for our generation, and revitalized this franchise to another level. He crafted it in three different ways, he made it nostalgic for the fans who loved the original franchise in the 70’s. It really captured the true essence of Star Wars, and the way he added almost all the characters from the original trilogy, and using the Millenium Falcon made all the “Fan Boys” cry with delight. He made it hilariously funny especially with Han Solo’s character, played by Harrison Ford. What really made this franchise unique was Han Solo’s sarcastic personality with the other characters, and for this movie, it was no different. The droid BB-8 really brought out the comedy in a robot level. His interactions with humans are fun to watch. J. J. Abrams really brought out the comedy in this movie which really lightened the mood. Lastly, he made it very, very entertaining. All the battle scenes within the spaceships, light sabers, and shoot outs were really fun to watch. J. J. Abrams promised more diversity, and he delivered. I liked how it character developed Finn, played by John Boyega, of a Storm Trooper who didn’t agree with the ideals of the dark force The First Order, and decided to change sides and join The Resistence. I really enjoyed the character of Poe Dameron, played by my fellow Chapin, Oscar Isaac. He always says he is the best fighter pilot and he proves it each time. He is cocky, but can back it up, and always ready to take on the tough challenges. I also like the character of Rey, played by Daisy Ridley. A strong woman character who can kick butt. Her character was develop almost like Luke Skywalker’s character in the first Star Wars movie. Some powerful moments in the movie to me was the death of Han Solo. Before the movie premiered, I had a great feeling he will die in some sort of way, and I was dead on. The way he went out was pretty epic, and for once showed him vulnerability as he went out. People in the theater shredded a tear for this great cinematic character. The other cool moment was when Rey found the missing Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill. It was the ending scene, but that moment showed that this series is ready to continue to great things, and Luke Skywalker will be a big part of it. He didn’t have to say anything in this movie and it was epic. (My prediction for the next movie, and it may be too obvious, is that Rey is Luke’s daughter.)
The So So: Other than me predicting Han Solo’s death, the story was almost too similar to Star Wars: A New Hope. The similarities were almost identical Rey was developed like Luke’s character, a droid carried something important and needed to be found, the bad guys has a big and dangerous planet, but almost way bigger than the Death Star, and destroys more planets at one time, and then it is blown up, and Han Solo still owes debts to people. It was practically watching a remake, but since it is so nostalgic, it was ok. It appeased to the whole audience in many different ways where really the action is what made this movie. They introduced a new villain named, Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver. The way they introduced him was like when they introduced Darth Vader in the original movie. The way he used the force especially in the beginning scene was awesome, and showed why he is their powerful leader. However, his tantrums made him like a spoiled brat. When he finally took off his mask, it really brought down his character, and I didn’t take him seriously after that. I’m kind of mad that he was the one that killed Han Solo, but the whole father and son ploy did make it a little emotional.
What I Didn’t Like: That I have to wait two years to see the next movie.
Overall: This is our generation’s Star Wars, and it was worth the hype and wait. The new characters will bring depth to this trilogy, and nostalgia for the original characters. RIP Han Solo!!!