There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, possibly one of the most anticipated movies of all time, has finally come at last. But does this new film, the one that shall relaunch the entire franchise for not only a new generation but ones that have grown up with the story, all what it has been hyped up to be? I loved Star Wars for a very long time. I remember being about eight-years-old going to rent a movie when my mom said to me,”It’s about time you watched these.” And picked up the original Star Wars trilogy for me. From that moment on, I was in love. My obsession only increased when Episode 1, 2, and 3 came out. I, unlike most of the world, didn’t hate Phantom Menace when I first watched it. Granted, I was young. Now though–let’s just say it’s not a movie I pop in to watch when I find some down time. Attack of the Clones was alright. I actually liked Revenge of the Sith, partially because I love the concept of good characters going rogue and well, you should already know what happens here. The original three: A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi is, in my opinion, flawless. I have to say that cast was just perfect. Han Solo, Luke, Leia, Chewie, R2D2, and C-3PO were just too awesome which made the prequels without them a hard one to compete with. That said, with the original cast joining forces to return to a galaxy far, far away, how could anyone not be excited?
Aaron and I watched Star Wars: Force Awakens the morning after opening night. I was so excited I could hardly sleep. X-Wing flights, soaring Millennium Falcon, and lightsaber duels filled my dreams, making it unbearable to even try to sleep. I’m telling you, I couldn’t wait. I was going to pee my pants until I saw the yellow text drifting through the starry galaxy, but finally it came at last.
I wanted to give it a couple days before I posted this review to give time for people to see the movie, but I couldn’t wait anymore. So without further ado, here is our review on Star Wars: Force Awakens.
Overall, the movie was incredible. I thought it was a great way to kick off the new series. We got to experience something really amazing by bringing in the old cast. It really felt real to see our beloved characters back on the screen, aged naturally after nearly 40 years. And the fact that they had all these years to age really made you feel like the time passed(which it did). However, if the films were filmed right after that we probably would have seen Harrison Ford wearing a ton of makeup to have him look older. I thought the introduction to BB8 was on point.He was such a cute little droid that I simply feel in love with. He’s a great addition to our already lovable droids. The new cast held their own, filled with their own character and mystery. I really like that this time we have a female lead (Rey, played by actress Daisy Ridley) who is sort of taking on the Luke Skywalker role. She’s also an amazing pilot so I think she’ll have some traits of both Luke and Han. This makes me think she’s related in some form–possibly Luke’s daughter? In the original comic I believe Leia and Han had twins and Luke had a boy, but they seem to be straying from this. I also really liked the idea of Finn (played by actor John Boyega). He is a stormtropper who wants to be good. I thought that was a nice twist to the story. I’m not even going to tell you how amazing it felt to see Han and Chewbacca reunited. It was like no time passed. I have to say though, I was not expecting Han’s death. I was shocked. I couldn’t even enjoy the rest of the movie because I was dwelling on what just happened. I couldn’t believe it. My mouth stayed open for about ten minutes after the scene. Aaron had to even ask me if I was alright. I understand why they did it, I just didn’t think they would do it so fast. I mean, the original cast never even got to be reunited together. I swear it was like when Dumbledore died. I was in mourning.
Like I said, overall, the movie was fantastic. There was much more I thought did well than otherwise. However, there was a few things that did bother me about the film.
They made this movie really safe. You could tell that they were scared to have another “Phantom Menace.” The movie mirrors “A New Hope” so much it was a little ridiculous. Let’s look at the similarities between the two films.
- A lovable droid is giving a message(map) that the enemy is after.
- Our main hero is from a deserted planet.
- Our main character finds the droid with the message (map) and makes friends with someone who can help them escape the deserted planet.
- Travels through space on the Millennium Falcon–no complaints there. The Millennium Falcon is AWESOME.
- Main character received Anakin Skywalker’s original lightsaber by a character who has been protecting it.
- Planets are destroyed by enemy.
- Death Star (Starkiller Base)
- A fleet of X-Wing fighters destroy enemy base.
- Main character watches mentor die in front of them by lightsaber.
- Darth Vader (Luke’s father) Kylo Ren (Luke’s nephew).
There was a lot of similarities between both films. To me, all I saw was a fancy remake of the original. However, in no means am I bashing this film. I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to see it again. I just hope that Episode 8 doesn’t mirror “Empire Strikes Back.” So long as they keep the next film fresh, I’ll be a happy camper.