Released: December 18, 2015
I had to sit on this one for a while before writing a review, because I didn’t want to come out of the film and rave or rant based on the strong immediate feelings I had coming out of the movie.
First and foremost, let me say that I am a Star Wars fan. Not the biggest fan, but a fan. Part of me was terrified of seeing the new film because of all the hype – what if they were getting us all excited and it wasn’t going to be that great? And I couldn’t trust fan reviews, because passionate nerdy fans, such as myself, tend to be very biased toward the things they love. Well, it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve seen the movie, and I’m pretty set in my opinion. It was probably one of my favourite Star Wars movies of the series, if not, my absolute favourite.
For those who don’t know, The Force Awakens follows new characters Rey and Finn, as they go on a mission to return the loveable new droid BB-8, to the Resistance to ensure that the map to Luke Skywalker hidden inside the droid doesn’t fall into the hands of the evil First Order, ruled by Kylo Ren. On the way, they join up with the classic characters, and all sorts of epic battles ensue.
Let me just say, I loved the new characters. I was worried this movie wouldn’t feel like a Star Wars film, but it totally did. The characters were cheesy yet badass; the cinematography was strong and symbolic, complete with both gorgeous shots and cheesy fade-swipe transitions; there were just as many witty one-liners as action-packed scenes. I was extremely entertained watching this movie from beginning to end.
I appreciated that the main character was a kick-ass female with a male sidekick who barely knew how to use a gun. That was kind of awesome. The character of Kylo Ren as the “bad guy” was really interesting and dynamic; I’m curious to see where they take his character in the next few movies.
Most of all, I love how they brought back Han, Chewie, Leia, and other fan favourites from the original series without making them the stars of the film. (Okay, so their names are first in the credits, but the focus the entire film stays on Rey and Finn and their mission.) The original stars had their trilogy, and I’m glad they didn’t take away from the new actors getting to bask in the limelight of this new series.
Overall, I thought The Force Awakens was really well done and entertaining. I’m going back to see it again this weekend, and it’ll likely be one of those movies I keep in my collection and put on every few months when I’m feeling in the mood to laugh, cry, and be transported to another world.
What did you think of Star Wars: The Force Awakens?