Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Directed by J.J. Abrams

Starring: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver,
Lupita Nyong’o
, Harrison Ford

Rotten Tomatoes :95%                                            Empire: 4 stars

Who would watch this?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is truly a movie for fans of the original Star Wars released in the early 70’s and 80’S. The story line in the new film is pretty much fanfiction, that even the least imaginative Star Wars fan could have come up with. The second group of people who would watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be anyone who had a brain and a respect for film and its history!

Not to be brash, but anyone who wouldn’t watch this movie is obviously shrouded in the dark side and clearly needs to reevaluate his or her priorities.

Who would win the Oscar?
I might be biased on this one, but I think John Boyega would win the Oscar for his role as Finn.  They probably spent the longest on developing his character, which naturally made him more interesting and multilayered than the other characters’ in the movie.

John Boyega pulled of an American accent quite well without making it cringe, which I think is always a great feat for British actors. His character was the most relatable as he was a semi-hero  who presents himself in a natural way  and out of all the characters’  in the movie reacts in the  most realistic way to a Sith dictator and his clone army chasing you around the world.

Han Solo (Harrison Ford) was pretty much the same, age and hardship didn’t change him and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) was basically a modern less insecure version of Luke skywalker , even Poe Damerons lines were similar to Luke’s, for example, there were a lot of ‘ Wooohoos’ , ‘we got em BB8’ and the classic ‘I’ve always wanted to fly one of these’. I just felt they were very underdeveloped characters’, except for Kylo Ren,  Adam Driver was brilliantly cast as he pulls of  the innocent evil boy look well , perhaps it’s because he has a nerdy face but is like 6.3 ft tall and is from a military background.

What let the movie down?
I am entering the danger zone here, as a lot of fans would slaughter me for daring to criticize that which is sacred to them. Then again only 3 people are probably going to read this so I am going to get real.

Firstly, the amount of hype surrounding the film meant that my expectations were of the Richter scale; let’s just say I let my imagination fly into outer space. So with such an overhyped film it was difficult not to be let down by a linear adventure film, with great graphics, that weren’t even that groundbreaking. Dare I say it; J.J. Abrams Star Trek was more visually delicious than Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The problem is that the producers tried to stick too rigidly to the originals even visually, which doesn’t make much sense, for example if years have gone past since the last civil war, why would they be using the same fighter jets, I would’ve like to see some cool contraptions’ once in awhile, the only cool new thing was Kylo Rens Lightsaber.

Should there be a sequel?
Disney, would be stupid if they didn’t release a sequel, what’s interesting about the sequel they are going to be releasing in May 2017 is that it is going to be done by another director Rian Johnson, who directed Brick and Looper. This could bring  a different perspective to the film series, as he hasn’t tackled many sci-fi films similarly, I like the idea of changing directors  as it  brings something new to  each film, kind of like how Alfonso Cuarón changed the pace of  the Harry Potter series  with the The Prisoner of Azkaban. A change in director could mean  a disruption of continuity, however in this case I think it’s worth the risk, people could always hold on to the originals if they don’t like the new ones .

What was missing?
What was missing in the new Star Wars movie was aspects of the prequels, I know a  lot of people think they are horrible , but they provided a lot of lightsaber Jedi action and also some melodrama which was a bit much , but at the same time oddly engaging. What would have made a great movie would have been a movie that took adventure aspects from the originals, action and drama aspects from the prequels combined it with a lot more character and story development, this would have taken Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the next level.

 

 

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