REVIEW: “STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS” (2015) Disney Pictures

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32 years after the original Star Wars exploded on our movie screens, the saga is set to continue here in The Force Awakens. Take note that this review is strictly a point of view and won’t contain to much storyline as you should see it for yourself, and definitely no spoilers. One thing before I continue on..Chewie..YOU ARE MY HERO!!!
As the opening log comes on the screen, we are immmediately taken back in time which has to be one of the happiest moments of the film. With that I will just spit it out that first and foremost, this is a good movie, though far far from a great one (It’s no Mad Max) And yes, I just said that.. So all the Star Wars fan-boys can step up now and sue me.. 😀

I’m as big a Star Wars fan as any though after Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace couldn’t even come close to comparing. Attack of the Clones was forgettable..Revenge of the Sith – didn’t even bother to see it at a theatre and actually waited for it to be on cable. And I won’t lie..I have a few issues with this film, though not all of them are bad.
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The opening 30 minutes are less than satisfying and to be completely honest was quite ‘lulz’. Here we are introduced to some new main characters Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac – who is terribly underused here). Finn is actually a stormtrooper, but get this..a stormtrooper with feelings?? no ..stormtroopers are not allowed those. But hey they are taking a risk here by doing that right – which is okay by me. Then Poe, who is head of the resistance pilots, gets captured and Finn helps him escape for which when Poe asks why, gets the answer of “Because it’s the right thing to do” what?? that’s just weak.. sorry but it is. It doesn’t fit in a Star Wars film. So as predicted they crash and it seems only Finn survives. But you also know that there is no way Poe is dead & gone, but this goes unexplained for some time, until he magically shows up later with barely a plausable explantion.

While she is no Furiosa, Rey (Daisy Ridley) has somewhat the same inplausability factor when we meet as her as she & Finn are all about saving each other within minutes of meeting. But then again, I like the risk-taking factor of appointing a strong female lead.
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Along with that part of the main cast, we are introduced to the mostly all Britsh/Irish (I guess a galaxy ‘far far away’ is now the U.K. ha!) cast of the Dark Side, notably General Hux (Domhnall Gleason), Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie – also terribly underused) to name just a few.

As expected, the robots especially BB8 (Bill Hader/Ben Schwartz – voice consultants), along with Chewbaca (Peter Mayhew) & Hans Solo (Harrison Ford) steal and deliver the best comedic one takes. While the new characters try, they fail quite miserably at trying to deliver cutesy one-liners that aren’t funny.
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While I loved the flashbacks to the Star Wars of old, including the graveyard of old spaceships, Hans Solo getting back onboard with his old ship is nothing less than classic. And who doesn’t want to see Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Solo reunite after years of separation?!! All these scenes and storylines are simply wonderful.

Another big risk and a sad heartbreaking one at that, is saying good-bye to one of the most iconic characters ever concieved in this galaxy or any other for that matter. Did it have to be done? Maybe so because it seems J.J. Abrams had to basically make us try to forget those three intermediate bad storylines and get us back on track to what is important. Though I found Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) to be one of my least favourite characters (and actors) as it just seems to simple to say Skywalker was good out of Vader’s bad, but yet Ren is bad out of Solo & Leia’s good.
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Last note: I’m not the biggest 3D fan, but this film is so enhanced by it, it’s worth it. The final scene of the movie is by far what makes it all worth-while to see this film – as it gives us something to look forward to in Episode VIII and it tells us it will be so much better.

Grade: B-
@pegsatthemovies

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8 thoughts on “REVIEW: “STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS” (2015) Disney Pictures

  1. Great review 🙂 Even though I have not seen this one yet, I have seen all the other Star Wars films. “A New Hope” was good, The Empire Strikes Back was very good (the best one) and Return of the Jedi was in between. The prequels were obviously the weakest of the batch which were Episodes I, II and III. Though Episode III was equal to Return of the Jedi in my opinion. Out of the Indiana Jones films (George Lucas was producer and Executive producer I believe), three of them are very good while The Last Crusade was a great one. Then again, the director of those films Steven Spielberg is a director who always got better in my opinion. (note: I plan on making a blog post on my favorite Spielberg films in the future). George Lucas as a director made one very good film which was American Grafitti. Irvin Kirshner did Empire Strikes Back and Richard Marquand did Return of the Jedi. The prequels as you know were directed by Lucas. Someone told me the other day that the reason Lucas sold Star Wars to Disney was due to the hostile reaction to the prequels by the series die hard fans. I do not know If that is the main reason, but it may be one of many reasons. Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

    • I love your comments John.. you’re so nice to give them.. I too, LOVED American Graffitti!! Harrison Ford’s big break in that one! hahahaha I also look forward to reading your review of this film once you see it. 😀

  2. I totally understand where you’re coming from. I admit it felt a bit familiar, but this was so well crafted, it delivered in nostalgia what it lacked in newness. My theater applauded at least 5 or 6 times during the movie. It was such a fun experience. Overall I loved it.

    • again, #noMadMax hahahhaha oddly also, I got more applause at my ‘Sisters’ screening than at the Star Wars one. And it was a packed 3D screening. I think there were 1 or 2 courtesy claps..that kinda shocked me because this crowd was rowdy before the film so..I’m not sure why. Maybe they were like me and just wanted a great Jedi spaceship chase & battle that never really happened.. ha! Loved the nostaglia too!!! yay! for that!!

  3. Great review Peggy! Its nice to read a spoiler free review. 🙂
    I’m still watching the originals for the first time so I’ll know whats happening in this new one, hopefully I can see this soon! And I might see it in 3D after reading this, when used right 3D can look great.

    • The Originals are still the best..even after this film which is good.. but far far from great. and it’s no Mad Max I’m guessing with the ending leadin us into the next one…is set up to look to be a much better film. Crossing my fingers!!! 😀

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