Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review (NO SPOILERS)
The seventh installment to the Star Wars universe was released last night and was not a disappointment.
While it seems trivial to make a Star Wars review, I will go ahead and make one anyways. But I am assuming if you’ve seen all the other movies this review will not make a difference if you go see the film or not.
With the original trilogy (Episodes 4, 5, and 6) being by far the favorite movies, it only made sense to bring back some of our favorite characters and to introduce us to new ones as well. J.J. Abrams does a very good job at character development, something that lacked in the first three episodes. We are taken on an adventure with Rey and Finn who need the help of Han Solo and Chewbacca to complete their quest.
While the story might score positively, it did seem a little bit repetitive. Parts of the movie became easily predicted because of how similar the scene was to the original trilogy. It was almost as if J.J. Abrams was afraid to expand past the original trilogy in fear of angering fans or completely messing up the franchise again like George Lucas did with the prequels. While it is not necessarily a bad thing, I am just hoping Abrams does not play it safe in the upcoming films.
The movie itself is hilarious. We can recall Jar Jar Binks a failed attempt at comic relief while R2-D2 and C-3PO excelled. Instead of a jester-like humor, “The Force Awakens” uses past history and characters relationships as well as sassy dialogue by the characters. The theater was in an uproar the entire movie! The script was formed very well and overall was a complete movie. However, do not go into this one believing it to be a comedy. There are some really intense scenes along with sad ones as well. Since the movie just came out I do not want to give away any spoilers, but you’ll be on an emotional roller coaster.
The movie also adds many plot twists that keep the audience on their seat. Sound familiar? The famous “I am your father” carries out into this new series of Star Wars movies to bring unexpected twists in the film. When leaving the theater I had so many questions on what could possibly happen in the next movie, leaving me hungry for more.
Quality is a major factor in whether the film is successful or not according to die-hard Star Wars fans. The original trilogy was filmed in a pre-CGI era, where all the aliens and props had to be hand constructed and added a more realistic feel. When the prequels came out, CGI was overused and it was during a time that the quality really did not match the level of realism fans wanted, so many believed George Lucas took the easy way out and left fans with a horrible story line and picture.
J.J. Abrams took the feedback from Star Wars fans and vowed to use real puppets and props as much as he possibly could. The outcome? Perfection. The quality of the puppets are so real you would be amazed. Almost all of the scenes were created, and very little green screen effects were used. While playing it safe, The Force Awakens does a terrific job and will not let down any fans.
It’s Star Wars
We are talking about Star Wars so no matter the quality of the movie fans will want to watch it. Again. And again. With a new director and George Lucas leaving, many fans including myself were skeptical on where the franchise was turning. Was Disney going to turn the movies into some sort of children’s movie? At first I believed so, but then I remembered Pirates of the Caribbean, a very well known Disney franchise, who’s main character is a drunken pirate always searching for rum. Not to mention “The Force Awakens” is only the second movie in the franchise to receive a PG-13 rating. Disney kept true to the fans and for that I am thankful.
If you have not seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, you need to as soon as possible. I got out of the theater and immediately saw spoilers all over social media and even Google! My advice would be to try and see the movie as soon as you can and stay off the internet.
May the force be with you.