**SLIGHT SPOILERS THROUGHOUT**
With only a matter of days left before the highly anticipated release of The Last Jedi, I have decided to take a look back at The Force Awakens and give you guys my honest review of it.
So after years of hype and anticipation we all finally got to see Star Wars The Force Awakens, and after the largely criticised “prequels” that came before which i personally think left us all with bitter feelings, we finally have a Star Wars movie that brings balance back to the Franchise and brings back the magic of what made the original trilogy so special. Much of this film echos those Star wars of the past, most notably “A New Hope” but its the new elements of The Force Awakens that are its strengths.
One excellent point is that this movie doesn’t waste any time introducing us to the new batch of Heroes. It could be argued that Rey is the main hero of the bunch, played by Daisy Ridley who i personally think shines in this role as a scavenger who lives on the planet of Jakku, where she gets pulled along on the space adventure she had been dreaming of.
John Boyega’s Finn and Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron also play key roles throughout the movie and bring with them a touch of humour and swagger to The Force Awakens. These characters help to bring back some of that banter that was weaved throughout the original trilogy, it’s through their eyes that we are introduced to the new villainous First Order and the Resistance.
Although for every new hero of course there has to be a villain and we have Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren,Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma, Domhall Gleeson’s General Hux and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke who are all explored to certain degrees, with Kylo Ren at the forefront of the main plot with what i can only imagine the others are being saved for the Future Star Wars Sequels. Now this i found slightly frustrating as we have these “underdeveloped” characters with a certain level of secrecy around them that we can feel short-changed by these characters, but again i can only imagine these characters are going to be explored the further we get into the franchise.
So the things that work about The Force Awakens as Ridley as Rey, Driver who in my eyes plays Kylo Ren spectacularly as his performance adds a level of depth to a character who potentially could have come across as one-dimensional and the story arc behind him leaves us with plenty to think about throughout and after we finish watching.
Now we all know that the real star of the movie is BB-8, the new lovable droid featured so prominently throughout the marketing campaign, not only does he have a key role during this film but he’s just an adorable wee robot.
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and the late Carrie Fisher all reprise their roles as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia Organa. Han Solo plays a major role throughout the film, and Harrsion Fords more aged version of the such beloved character keeps true to what us fans know about him, its great seeing what he has been up to decades after Return of the Jedi, Mark Hamill’s turn as Luke Skywalker don’t find out to much as to what has happened as we are only treated to a brief introduction at the end of the film where Rey finds him, and as for Fisher her appearance as General Leia was met with a great big smile from myself and I’m sure everyone else was the same.
So Several Decades have passed between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and that is seen throughout the core of this movie, like little one-off lines about their previous adventures from the original trilogy. The Force Awakens ask us to come along for the ride as chance encounters seem to bring all these characters together, along with seeing new planets and meeting new characters, the plot is fairly thin as we are engulfed in this world and brought along for the ride, even though we are left with more anticipation to find out what comes next i feel its also unclear as to what direction this new series will be heading.
DIAGNOSIS – DISCHARGED
Star Wars The Force Awakens is the movie that we as fans where promised, with great new and old characters, a respect towards the original trilogy and a strong understanding of what makes this franchise click with us as fans. The new universe works well although at times there is an over reliance on tying things together with the nods to the classic movies, but overall this is a fantastic way to reboot the franchise and open the world up for Old and New generations of fans alike