1/02/2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Film Review)


Last night I went and saw the new Star Wars movie, and I had some thoughts so I figured I'd write a review. I've never done this before, so don't expect it to be like a normal film review. I'm just going to ramble on with my thoughts about the film until I feel that I've said everything there is to say.

If you haven't seen the movie, I suggest you stop reading right now. Because I'm about to give it all away.

I want to start by saying I was impressed that even after all these years they were able to get Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher to come back and pick up the roles of Han Solo and Princess Leia, and for a brief time even Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. Without the original actors, they wouldn't have been able to include any of the original characters, which would have seriously detracted from the awesomeness of the film.

Moving on, I thought that the movie was very well done, and it definitely fit into the world of Star Wars. None of the acting or dialogue was too modernized, which was my main worry when watching it. I was hoping that the writers would have been able to stay true to form, which they were. So that's a plus there. The story was well-written and left a lot of room for both interpretation and future films to expand the plot even more. I was half-expecting Disney to fuck everything up, but they honestly did a good job.

I know some people might disagree with this, but I thought it was awesome how Finn came from the dark side to the light side. He was born into the dark side, and raised to be a storm trooper, but in his first battle he had a conflict of interest and decided that he wanted no part of it. I enjoyed that a lot, as it showed how people can go from dark to light as well as from light to dark. To me it served as a very interested element in the story.

My biggest complaint was that the romance scenes were very corny and didn't seem real at all. It was to the point that I even laughed at a few of them, especially the ones between Solo and Leia. I get that they had to speak in very literal terms to provide insight on Ren, and how he is their son, I just didn't think the scenes themselves were particularly well-done.

Another thing that bothered me about The Force Awakens is how Rey was able to pick up the light saber, having never used one before, and defeat Ren. I understand that he was already weakened and all that, but being in the Star Wars universe, we are invited to make comparisons between films and I would like to point out that when Luke was being trained by Obi-Wan in the original film, he was a total noob at using the light saber, yet the first time Rey picked one up she was able to defeat the main bad guy.

I guess it could end up being cool, considering we got to see her feeling the presence of the force before she even knew what it was. I did enjoy when she was able to resist Ren's attempt to use the force to get her to tell about the map to Luke Skywalker. It showed her potential as a hero, but with our knowledge of how Star Wars works, we can never be sure if she will remain on the light side of the force for the remainder of the storyline.

Alright, that's about all I wanted to say about the new Star Wars. I will definitely be at theaters when the next one comes out, which I've read online that it'll be sometime in the spring of 2017. Assuming I'm still alive at that time, of which you can never be too sure.

Overall: 8/10

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