Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams, who is taking the franchise in a new direction under the guidance new LucasFilms leader Kathleen Kennedy after the ouster, uh, acquisition from George Lucas.
Rey (Daisy Ridley) is a lonely girl living on the desert planet of Jakku. After meeting a droid named BB-8, she encounters a First Order defector named Finn (John Boyega), who rescued and was separated from fighter pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaacs). He is trying to get to the Resistance, led by General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), so they can help fight the Starkiller Base and also find Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who has been missing for some time.
After being attacked by First Order stormtroopers, they steal a ship that turns out to be the Millennial Falcon. Rey is hesitant to leave because she is worried her missing parents will return for her. However, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) intercept them, warning them that the First Order is led by the Dark Sith Lord Snoke (Andy Serkis), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), all who are looking for Skywalker. As Starkiller base begins to come online, the Resistance has to work to stop it before its too late.
I will say this, the special effects are top-notch. They give the movie an exciting feel that truly shows the talent of the Disney animation and CGI illustrators. Also, the score by John Williams is impressive as usual. I have never heard a movie score that he worked on that I did not like.
That being said, the movie was one giant build-up but left us hanging with only a shock death scene for a climax, but then it goes right back to building up. Even the final scene is a build-up to Episode VIII. At least the Original Trilogy (like the underrated Prequel Trilogy) had an ending to each film. They did not end on a cliffhanger for a cliffhanger’s sake. Each ending had a purpose to the story, the ending of the film felt more like, okay, see you in three years with the new movie.
I was sorely disappointed in the new characters. Specifically with Kylo Ren. He was a worthless, whiny antagonist who offered none of the masterful villainy we have seen even in the Prequel Trilogy. I wanted to like Rey, but I was confused by her motivations. The script gave her no depth, just a bunch of skills that come from nowhere. Ridley did a good job acting, but I feel the writing failed dramatically. A side note on that, Han Solo went from rogue love interest to a loser dad who abandoned his son and wife. Where did that come from? It was forced, boring, and lame, quite frankly.
Bottom line, Star Wars Episode: The Force Awakens was decent, but not epic. I liked it but it was the movie that the Prequel haters wanted not the real fans. JJ Abrams should have stuck with Star Trek. George Lucas would’ve been WAY better at the helm, maybe not as the director, but in some sort of creative capacity.
Of course, the Prequel haters made sure that would never happen.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, Some innuendo
FAVORITE QUOTE: Chewy, we’re home.
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This article has been updated from a previous version.