“Chewie, we’re home.”
The Force Awakens may be my most anticipated movie of all time. When the opening scrolling text appeared, I instinctively didn’t read it briefly, because my mind said “I’ve read all this before”.
Regardless of what you think of Star Wars, this film is monumental; Search your feelings – you know it to be true.
J.J. Abrams brings Star Wars into a new age. Never before has a Star Wars film lacked George Lucas as a writer and key creative director. The Force Awakens feels almost too mainstream, it doesn’t have those distinctively Lucas quirks the prequels had- those things the biggest fans love to hate (like Binks).
That being said, this is a fantastic film. JJ’s style is especially welcome in the aerial combat scenes, which are exhilarating. This film acts as if the prequels do not exist. John Williams returns to score the film- the soundtrack is magical. The old cast are present, but its the new cast members that shine- Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac especially so.
The villain, Kylo Ren, is a great character and imposing villain. In the interests of keeping this review spoiler free, I won’t go into any specific plot details. The story is close to the original trilogy in tone, and parallels A New Hope in some ways. A few characters are underutilised in this film but will no doubt be fleshed out in future instalments.
A minor con I would put against the film is it doesn’t explain much of what happened on a galactic scale between Episode VI and Episode VII- but this is something only the hardcore fans such as myself would be interested in.
The Force Awakens is a strong set up for a new wave of Star Wars movies one could only have dreamed of a few years ago.
Overall Rating: 9.2/10