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Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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The time has finally arrived. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now in theatres.

Film snyopsis: Luke Skywalker has disappeared, which leaves the Resistance and the First Order looking for him.

My thoughts on the film

It’s been 10 years since the last Star Wars, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. But, let’s be honest, the recent three were not good to us. So really, it’s been 32 years since the last good Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi. Let that sink it for a little bit. Now, after the much anticipated wait, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has finally arrived, which begs the question, should we believe the hype? You better believe it.

The Force Awakens reminds us of those good feelings from the original trilogy, but also provides us a whole new side to it and trust me, it’s all for the best. Director J.J. Abrams will earn a whole new level of respect for bringing Star Wars back to life.

Now, I can’t give all the credit to J.J. Abrams. The new characters were a breathe of fresh air. John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Adam Driver as new bad guy Kylo Ren, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata and and most importantly, Daisy Ridleyas Rey. By far, Daisy Ridley steals the film. I’ve never seenany of her work, but I must say, she carried herself well in The Force Awakens. However, I felt that John Boyega’s character development wasn’t up to par and Adam Driver may not have been the best person to play Kylo Ren, but that’s debateable. As for the others, they didn’t really shine, which isn’t a bad thing at all. We simply can’t forget our old pals, though. Harrison Ford is back as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and how can we forget our favourites Chewbacca, C3PO and R2-D2. There’s another old pal that makes an appearance, but I won’t spoil that for you.

Visually, The Force Awakens is stunning. J.J. Abrams is usually known for visually stunning work as we see in his other big project, Star Trek. It’s common sense that there was definitely green screen and CGI needed for a lot of the scenes, but it was done perfectly. Also, J.J. Abrams really wanted to use the green screen as little as posible, so he actually used as many real locations as he could and even had miniature models made to make the film look more like the original trilogy, which, deserves a round of applause for taking that initiative. The flow of the story was seamless and it really felt like a true Star Wars film. At the end of the day, it will meet your expectations. That is, unless your expectations weren’t realistic to begin with. Then shame on you.

The future is bright for Episode VIII, which is slated for 2017.

Rating 5/5

Who are we kidding right? Yes, there were some very, very minor details that I wasn’t a fan of, but it really doesn’t matter. Believe in the force and don’t miss out Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now in theatres.

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