Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the Star Wars we waited a decade for, and my goodness was it worth it. I never thought anything could tickle my nerdom more than The Empire Strikes Back, but I can gladly state that I was very wrong.
By now I’m sure you have probably seen The Force Awakens, as it has climbed to the second highest grossing film of all time in less than a month, but just in case, this is your spoiler free review of the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise.
Episode XII not only hits all the high notes on terms of acting, staying true to the Original Trilogy (OT), cinematography, story, and set-up, but it also represents what Star Wars is: a band of misfits fight against evil.
The new episode introduces a few new stellar characters, including Rey (played by Daisy Ridley), Finn (played by John Boyega), Poe Dameron (played by Oscar Isaac), Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) and last but certainly not least, everyone’s favorite soccer ball, BB-8!
The new generation of Star Wars certainly delivered. Not only was the writing of the characters superb along with a generally great story, but the acting from the newbies was purely phenomenal.
The biggest dispute has been over the choice of Adam Driver to play the new controversial villain, Kylo Ren. He is certainly no Darth Vader, but rather a whole new original character.
A conflicted villain, something new to the Star Wars universe. If all you want is another incarnation of Darth Vader, you may not be pleased. However, if you keep an open mind towards the new type of villain, I think you will find that you quite enjoy the risky new direction director JJ Abrams took this episode in.
Along with that we experience the return of the originals, with a great performance of Han Solo (played by Harrison Ford), a new direction from General Leia (played by Carrie Fisher), the ever lovable Chewbacca, and the ever whimsical and brief Luke Skywalker (stared by Mark Hamill). Our geriatric heroes deliver a lovely performance once again, and thus, Star Wars nerds like myself are pleased.
There is not a whole lot to dislike about this film, as it manages to stand alone with an interesting plot, revitalize and summarize the past and present of the Star Wars universe, pick up from where it left off flawlessly and set up for the next two movies to come.
Overall, I give it a 9.5 out of 10, only because I look forward to a more thrilling story and even more crazy lightsaber duels in the upcoming Episode XIII!