Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Finally after 30 years, there is now a sequel to Return of the Jedi, and as my son Roshawn said a “Worthy successor to the legendary film series.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi in reality and in the film.  The movie brings us a trio of new characters, a cute sidekick, an up and coming villain and some familiar faces to boot.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, introduces three new good characters, Fen and Rey, who initially start off on separate sides of the galaxy, and they both are unsure of their place in the universe. Circumstances bring them together, and they embark on a new series of adventures that bring them into contact with an ace pilot called Poe.  The villain in the film is Kylo Ren, who serves as a seemingly inexperienced bad guy who is just developing his reputation as an evil person in the vein of Vader.

This new film, feels fresh and familiar all at the same time. All of the components that made one love the original trilogy are still there.  There are plenty of natural occurring wisecracks and character interactions, which will make a new generation of Star Wars fans fall in love with these characters, much like I fell in love with Luke, Han, Chewbaca and Princess Leia.  Now I have to admit the movie is very good, but I didn’t feel the magic like I did when I was seven years old, watching the Star Wars saga unfold onscreen.  I laughed and I enjoyed this film, but it didn’t feel me with the same level of excitement I experienced when I saw last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  However, I did say it was familiar and fresh.  The familiar is the sense of nostalgia and familiar themes that they address throughout the film.  The fresh is the fantastic space, and flying scenes, and different personalities of the characters. One thing a person will have to watch out for his expecting the new characters to behave similarly to the original trilogy characters, and that is not the case. These characters definitely have unique personalities that separate them from other Star Wars characters, but they also embody the essence of the original cast as well. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a good film that is a visual spectacle and it fits in seamlessly with the Star Wars universe.  J.J. Abrams, the actors and crew that put this film together should be proud of what they have accomplished. However, there are some glaring flaws that exist that are hard to ignore, when compared to what has been established in the Star Wars universe.

Grade: B



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