Review 173: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens on opening night in the theater, but my wife wasn’t able to join me and my daughter so it was time to watch it again. I loved it the first time I saw it, and I loved it just as much the second time. While the film clearly hits all the beats from A New Hope, the characters and performances in this film make it amazing. I give Star Wars: The Force Awakens the Must See rating.
The Force Awakens restores my faith in Star Wars!
Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) are united by circumstances and the common goal of taking BB-8 to the resistance while Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) of the First Order hunt them.
I am the Star Wars fan that loves the original trilogy and despises the prequels. I went into The Force Awakens with lots of hope in J.J. Abrams and Disney that this film would redeem the franchise. I walked out feeling vindicated and instilled with a sense of wonder I hadn’t felt in some time. Every detail of the film is great and I didn’t mind the similarities to the original film.
A lot of people have complained about the Starkiller base as it is a souped-up Death Star, but I felt that the stakes were raised so high in a New Hope that it’s hard to get away from it. For example, how many spy films have “nuclear” threats that have to be dealt with? What exists in our reality that is more threatening than a nuclear weapon and in the Star Wars universe what exists that is more of a threat than a base that can wipe out several planets.
I was really hoping my wife would enjoy this film. She has always been a big fan of Chewbacca and Han Solo. She heard about the big spoiler long before she got to see it. Fortunately, that moment wasn’t as impactful as it was for people seeing it without knowing. Nevertheless, she seemed to enjoy the film quite a bit. I found it as exhilarating as the previous watch and that makes me happy.
The Force Awakened in my family!
I foresee watching this film many times throughout the remainder of my life. I look forward to Rogue One and Episode VIII and IX. I hope that the franchise stays true to the practical special effects and creates a more original story for the next films.