Film Review – Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens

JJ Abrams has taken everything magical and captivating about the original Star Wars trilogy and captured it in the way that film fans have been crying out for since 1983.

The hype surrounding the galaxy far far away has been building ever since the film’s first teaser trailer dropped over a year ago and the film did not disappoint.

Abrams perfectly created the balance between the nostalgia and the introduction of the new generation of characters in a way which George Lucas never managed with the prequels.

The Force Awakens takes place thirty years after Episode VI The Return of The Jedi, as the galaxy faces a new threat in the form of the First Order, replacing the Galactic Empire after its destruction in the last film.

The new evil in the galaxy - Kylo Ren and the First Order.
The new evil in the galaxy – Kylo Ren and the First Order.

The First Order is led by Kylo Ren, who unlike the Sith Lords in previous films, is less defined and rougher around the edges. Brilliantly portrayed by Adam Driver he is very much susceptible to temper tantrums.

Although as expected, he is not working alone in the First Order’s quest to restore order in the galaxy.

The other two main new characters to star in the film represent the Resistance’s new hope, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, Rey (Daisy Ridley) who meets a First Order defector Finn, (John Boyega) who crash lands on the desert planet.

The new faces are joined by stars from the originals, Harrison Ford reprising his role as Han Solo and Carrie Fisher playing Princess Leia, as they lead the Resistance in their mission to defeat the First Order and locate the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).

The new droid taking centre stage in the openings of the film is BB-8, owned by Resistance fighter Poe Dameron, (Oscar Isaac) who brings a light hearted, humorous element to the film, a worthy replacement for R2D2.

That being said, R2D2 still features in the film alongside C3PO as they are now in the care of Princess Leia, continuing to combine the old and the new in the movie.

My one reservation about the film is that the plot is not too dissimilar to that of Episode IV A New Hope, but the introduction of fresh faces and a new threat of evil help to take away from that one niggling aspect.

With the space chases and lightsaber duels, this plot element is easily forgotten about and the story still feels fresh enough, with the promise that Episode VIII will bring something completely new.

The film is fast paced, action packed, full of intrigue and plot twists, everything we love in a good movie, especially in the Star Wars universe.

The film may have been out less than 48 hours, but the force is strong with the latest instalment in the franchise, smashing the box office sales as expected.

On Thursday the first screening grossed $14.3 million across 12 countries, with the film earning $5.2 million in France alone and setting one-day records in Norway and Sweden.

If you have not seen the film yet then you must, The Force Awakens is the film of the year and dare I say decade.

Star Wars Episode VIII has already been given a provisional release date of 26th May 2017 and I personally cannot wait!


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