Saturday, October 29, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

Poe Dameron(Oscar Isaac) is looking for Luke Skywalker(Mark Hamill). He is captured by super angry Kylo Ren(Adam Driver), but not before sending his droid, BB-8(Bill Hader), away with vital information. Finn(John Boyega) is sick of being a stormtrooper and helps Poe escape. They pair crash land on Tatooine, I mean Jakku. Poe disappears. Finn runs onto Rey(Daisy Ridley). Rey is accompanied by BB-8. They steal the Millennium Falcon from a junkyard. And are...captured, kind of, by Han(Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca(Peter Mayhew). Han takes Rey to Maz Kanata(Lupita Nyong’o), who is like the new Yoda. They get attacked by the first order. One stormtrooper yells, “TRAITOR!” Kylo catches Rey and takes her to the Death Star, I mean Starkiller Base. This fake moon can destroy five planets at a time. Leia(Carrie Fisher) sends everyone on a suicide mission to destroy the space station. Someone important dies, someone is someone’s son, and there are some epic spaceship battles. Does all of this sound like you’ve seen it before?

The Review
It sounds familiar. It looks familiar. It feels familiar. And it’s awesome! After 30 years and three miserable prequels, Star Wars feels like Star Wars should. There are flaws, there was bound to be. The CGI isn’t perfect. The story has been done before, twice. The dialogue is spotty at best. But this film is strong where the original trilogy was. It’s fun. It’s fun to watch. It’s fun to hear. It feels like an experience. You almost instantly feel attached to the characters. You’re rooting for Rey, Finn, and Poe by the end. The flight scenes are amazing. It just works.
The Dual Leads are great. It’s refreshing to have leads that are something other that white males. Rey is a strong female character who seems to play a larger part in the galaxy than what is initially led on. And Finn is a black stormtrooper, searching for a reason to fight. It’s quite easy to find yourself rooting for both characters. They also seem to have a natural chemistry that just works.
Poe Dameron is one of the best characters, ever. He steals this movie. He essentially becomes Han Solo 2.0. Plus, he flies a black X-Wing. Here’s how good he is. In the original script he was supposed to die, but he tested so well, that JJ Abrams was like, “Scratch that. He lives.”
Kylo Ren is the Sith we’ve been waiting for. He’s intense, angry, and brooding. He worships his grandfather(spoiler), Darth Vader. He seems to have amazing powers, but struggles to control them. I can’t wait to see him in the next one.

CGI is not perfect in this film. It’s not as oft used as it is in the prequels, but it’s there. I appreciate the fact that JJ chose to do a majority of the sets/effects practically, but some of the CGI they do choose to use is distracting.
The Story is weak. This exact story has been done three times in this series alone. I know they were trying to recapture some of what made the original film great, but they could have done accomplished that through another story.
Watch it! If you love the original trilogy then you’ll love this one, if for no other reason than that it’s a virtual remake of the 1977 film. If you love the prequels more, than...stop watching movies, because that’s just wrong.

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