We’ve waited…. and waited….. and here it is! The Force Awakens is everything we’ve come to love about Star Wars. It’s big, it’s epic, it’s spectacular. And underneath, there’s actually a big heart to it all. You get a sense from watching it, that it was made by true fans of the series. I won’t give away any real spoilers- but rest assured Jar Jar Binks does not put in an appearance, so remain calm. I’m confident that this will break the 2 Billion mark.
What’s awesome about Star Wars: The Force Awakens is that J.J. brought back everything we loved about the old original “Star Wars” films. He brought back all the fun and excitement that the prequels lacked because those episodes I,II, and III were too busy trying too hard to be political thrillers. J.J. brought back the Millennium Falcon and the thrill of aerial fight. Even the light saber fights on the ground are extremely well-choreographed.
The action and set pieces in this movie are done on a very large scale. With the biggest franchise, do we really expect anything else? The re-use of practical work with CGI help is done extremely well. I’m still wondering why other directors don’t use practical more often (excluding George Miller with Mad Max Fury Road). This is a better way to show action pieces, to the audience, but I get that it’s also more time consuming and expensive. On a smaller scale, individual confrontation looked great, hiring some of the staff from the Raid movies helped give it that jaw dropping moment. The action was breath taking at time and not showing a lot of the action beforehand helped make the scenes not lose any of its movie magic.
The new characters are extremely memorable, the new actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega are wonderful in their roles, along with Oscar Isaac and they can go toe-to-toe with the legends. Plus, BB8 is extremely adorable. Adam Driver as Kylo Ren is a worthy villain and the best motion capture actor in the world Andy Serkis, doing what he does best, is great as Supreme Leader Snoke. Gwendeline Christie was the only character that was underused, but Kathleen Kennedy (Producer) said in some interviews, she is going to be awesome throughout the trilogy, so I’m excited to see more of her in the next two installments.
John Williams once again composes the score. The return to old themes in the music were breathtaking, and he seamlessly integrates the new music in with the old. The script, by Lawrence Kasdan (writer of Empire and Jedi) is perhaps one of the most important aspects of the movie. Unlike the prequel’s flat writing, this truly pops.
A last note: I’ve seen people complain (and worry) about too much fan service. As a fan, the movie left me very satisfied. It’s obviously the first part of a longer story, and there’s many more questions to be answered. The big questions will obviously come back in the later movies. Especially regarding the back story of certain new characters, and the whole situation in the galaxy.
This is it for the review. It’s short and cut off because I don’t want to spoil anything for you. All I will say is go to your nearest cinema (IMAX if possible), buy some popcorn and coke and enjoy the movie magic we’ve been waiting for a really long long time. Star Wars is back people!!!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens gets an 8.0/10.