I’ll preface this by saying there are no spoilers in this review and Han shot first.
Anticipation: 5/5 It’s Star Wars…
Final Verdict: 4.5/5 Star Wars The Force Awakens (TFA) has problems with its pacing, but the Force is definitely strong with this one. LOVED IT!
Star Wars TFA is exactly what it needs to be. Yes, it shares similarities with the Original Trilogy; yes, it’s nostalgic, but as a Star Wars fan, that’s exactly what I had asked for and didn’t get back in 1999. Every one of the new characters, Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8 and Kylo Ren, is fleshed out and feels real. They fit in to Star Wars lore logically.
With TFA, J.J. Abrams’ proves once again that he is a director to be reckoned with. The actors Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver are affecting and believable, the action set pieces are gorgeously shot (the Millenium Falcon sequence on Jakku particularly), and the plot is gripping. The practical sets and detailed costumes worn by actual people also add realism to the whole affair, something that was sadly missing from the Prequels. My only qualm with the film is the pacing. Some of the more important sequences seem a little rushed. The audience isn’t given the time to yield proper emotional responses to what’s being shown on screen before the story moves on to where it needs to go.
That being said, if you’re looking to visit a galaxy far, far away then it’s closer than you think. TFA is not a remake nor is it a retelling of the original Star Wars (1977) no matter what people say. It’s a new story that has shared elements that reflect the Original Trilogy and the filmmakers do it with respect. The differences are what make it a fantastic cinematic experience. Star Wars TFA has bridged the gap between young and old and I’m eager to see what this NEW adventure has in store for the future. May the Force be strong with Episodes VIII and IX.
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