Movie Review ( Star Wars: The Force Awakens)


Release date: December 18, 2015
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm
Director: J.J. Abrams
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence)
Screenwriters: J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan
Starring: Harrison Ford, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong, Miltos Yerolemou
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure


Not much I will say in this review will sway you to or not to see the newest chapter in the epic space saga as everyone has made up their minds already. I am here to simply give my humble opinion on this, the seventh film in the series. After the slight disappointments that were Episodes 1,2, and 3 this movie has more of the spirit and heart of the original trilogy. That’s thanks in no small part to director J.J. Abrams. His love for the Star Wars universe is apparent in the way the film is handled. It also doesn’t hurt that he got good to great performances from his cast of heroes and villains. Daisy Ridley as Rey played the out of her element and over her head role well. She also, doesn’t look lost during the action scenes or fights which is a plus. John Boyega is Storm Trooper defector, Finn. He spends an incredible amount of time on screen sweating and looking scared. Of course, he also has some of the funniest moments in the movie and as this movie is lighthearted and funny it makes him a focus. There are moments that make him seem like he’s destined for more bad-assness in later films so I’m holding out hope for him as a character. Adam Driver as the intimidating Kylo Ren is all good until he takes off his helmet. Driver looks the dorky opposite of what Ren is. I just couldn’t wait for him to put the mask on as it sort of took me out of the moments of him being evil without it on. The old cast of Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca slide effortlessly back in to their roles. Providing the nostalgia factor fans craved. It’s fun watching them on screen together again.

The 3-D is good in the movie and helps at the points it needs to enhance. The fighting is good but I feel like they kept it subdued only to pick it up in latter films. One of my favorite parts was Finn (with light saber) versus a Storm Trooper with a shock tonfa. It showed that Storm Troopers have actual combat ability and aren’t just Star Wars version of Putty Patrol (that’s a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers reference for the square reading this). J.J. Abrams adherence to the use of practical effects like the original movies as opposed to gratuitous CGI is a masterful move that proves sometime the old ways still work. All said and done, this is every bit as exciting as the hype machine made it out to be. This is the beginning of a new chapter in a galaxy far far away and it seems to be worth the wait.