June 23, 2024

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review


Cast: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Issac and Max von Sydow

Director: J.J Abrams

It’s been over 30 years since the beloved original Star Wars franchise’s last installment, Return of the Jedi (1983), was released. Director George Lucas disappointed a massive group of fans with his poorly received prequel trilogy. The changes done in the home media edition of star wars series were also a subject of immense scrutiny as it ruined the beauty and originality of the originals with the addition of CGI and structural changes. The responsibility of directing the latest installment was given to the talented J.J Abrams. The audience counted on him for refinement and ever since the release of 1st trailer, the force is strong. The final result is quintessential.

The premise of the movie resembled the fourth installment, Star wars: A new hope. Member from the resistance uploads a key piece of information into a droid. The droid is left on a desert land and someone finds it eventually and hence the person is in for a bumpy roller coaster ride. While the film tried to be loyal to the original trilogy, it ended up following or copying several plot points from it. However there are many fresh streaks in this film that made it unique. We are introduced to a reformed Stormtrooper (John Boyega) who’s over stressed about the cruel deeds done by the first order, led by Ren (Adam Driver). He rescues and befriends a resistance fighter Poe Dameron (Oscar Issac), who names him Finn as opposed to the number given to him. He goes on to help Poe in his mission to take the droid BB-8, which contains a vital piece of information, to the resistance. The movie symbolizes the struggle of the black people against racism through Finn; we see him fight against the ones who oppressed him within the boundaries of a Stormtrooper. He is the hero of his own story. Star wars episode 7 also deserve the applause for having a strong female character. Rey (Daisy Ridley) is her own person who don’t need a man to look after her. This was perfectly depicted in the initial fight sequence where she was attacked by several goons. Finn comes running to save her but she fights them all back before he had the chance to show off his machismo. Princess Leia is an iconic character but she’s known for her relationship with Luke, her golden bikini (as shownin return of the jedi) and cinnamon bun hairstyle. Padme (played by Natalie; Star wars prequel trilogy) is a powerful senate and warrior but her screen presence is limited and the prequels were hated for her to make an impact. Rey is the main subjective figure of this movie with her own characteristics and story line.

Han Solo’s (Harrison Ford) presence is the main leverage. Being the best-loved character of this franchise, Harrison Ford is quirky and have a radiant personality. Carrie Fisher was less impressive and she was just there to fill spaces. Advancements in technical aspects is well noticed with a polished screenplay, well- executed cinematography, fast editing and CGI. 3D effects is stupendous during the action sequences and overall presentation is downright. The pinnacle of this film is the fact that something intriguing happens every ten minutes. Star wars: The Force Awakens is a tremendous facet for the Christmas-New Year holiday week.


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