The Force Awakens picks up 30 years after the Return of the Jedi and without giving away too much, it’s about an awakening in the force. Probably the most hyped and anticipated movie in movie history, does it live up to fans’ expectations?
The film is a real treat, in terms of entertainment value for fans and new viewers alike. With non-stop action, suspenseful confrontations and stunning sound and visual effects, the star wars universe has never looked more real.
There are 4 new main Characters introduced and they are awesome, portrayed by John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. They all did a great job as actors but the awesomeness of their characters shouldn’t be underestimated. Moreover the first glance that we get of the old gang and especially Han Solo, is perfect, for a moment it feels like the force is flowing through you. Nonetheless the focal point is not on the old characters any more, the focus is on the newcomers and rightly so.
The only major downside of the film, is the plot and considering Lawrence Kasdan (co-wrote Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi) was involved, I had far greater expectations. It doesn’t develop as fast as we are used to and at times it felt like we were going around in circles. The only real development that is achieved story wise, happens through the evolution of the characters, which is also the movie’s strongest suit.
John Williams’s music is always on point, including some of the classic tunes but also merging old and new to create that captivating aura that he always does. However one thing that his music score doesn’t provide, is that standout tune that Duel of the Fates was to the Phantom Menace or Imperial March was to The Empire Strikes Back.
J.J. Abrams who did such a great job with the Star Trek reboot, took an even greater challenge with this long awaited Star Wars sequel. The Force Awakens doesn’t re-imagine the Star Wars universe like Star Trek (2009) did; it tries to stay close to the original trilogy and it definitely achieves the same feeling. However the story doesn’t offer something we haven’t seen before and is played a bit too safe.
Amazing to watch a new Star Wars movie but is it a masterpiece? Not by any stretch, nevertheless it’s a good solid film and a good way to start a new exciting trilogy set in our favourite universe.
Entertainment Value: 9.0/10
P.S. It seemed that with a 7.5/10 I was selling the movie short, so I added the Entertainment Value to give a clearer picture.