Star Wars Episode VII Movie Review

Happy Star Wars Day everyone!

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is created by Walt Disney Studios as well as Lucasfilm. It was released December of 2015. And it is a start of a new trilogy. It was directed by J.J. Abrams, the one also behind the Star Trek reboot.

Characters

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Rey is a scavenger on Jakku and she comes across the movie mascot BB-8. She is the Revel Otaku that wants to join the Resistance. She is a great fighter, great pilot, and is completely fearless. Oh and she understands Droid language.

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Finn or FN-2187 was a Stormtrooper of the First Order that had enough of the cruelty of his organization and decides to flee from them. Finn has heart of gold and knows the inside workings of the First Order.

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Kylo Ren AKA Ben Solo is the main antagonist of the movie. He is the son of Han Solo and Leia Organa, and grandson of Anakin Skywalker AKA Darth Motherfcking Vader. He worships his grandfather’s dark legacy and despises the fact that he has some light in him.

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Poe Dameron is an ace pilot of the Resistance. He is master of BB-8 and is hell-bent on getting BB-8 and the map to Luke back to the Resistance.

-World-

The Empire from the original trilogy is destroyed, kinda. The remnant of the Empire, the First Order, still possesses the galactic threat to the world. The First Order has more of the Nazi feeling going on compared to original Empire.

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Pretty much the first trilogy’s story and characters have become legend, in that most know about them but think it may or not may have happened.

-Story-

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Story is centered around BB-8, it has the missing final piece to finding the last Jedi in the cosmos, Luke Skywalker. Poe made sure that BB-8 was able to escape to Jakku before his capture. On Jakku BB-8 meets Rey and she, being an otaku for the old Rebels, decides to bring BB-8 back to the Resistance. On her travel, she meets Finn, an ex-Stormtrooper and the two escape Jakku. And they escaped on the Millennium Falcon!!

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While on Millennium Falcon, they meet meets heroes of Old: Han Solo and Chewbacca. And their adventure to find the Resistance Continues.

-the Good-

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That opening shot. I know everyone talks about the amazing opening shot of the first Star Wars movie: how the tiny little Rebel ship is being chased by the massive monolith that is the Star Destroyer. And the disappointing opening of the Episode I: A Donut Ship and the Trade Federation Talk. Force Awakens’ opening was Marvelous I was like “Oh that’s a pretty planet. Oh its a shadow of Star Destroyer, that’s cool. Oh, it’s keep going… and going. My god, it’s covering the whole planet!!” It was amazing.

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There were a lot of funny moments. In the previous movies, there were not that many “funny” moments. Here, there were a lot. Like: Finn drinking water from the same place as that pig creature, Finn keep trying to hold hands with Rey. Rey fangirling over Han Solo, Chewy bragging to the nurse, and when Rey tries to mind control a guy. I actually laughed a lot in this movie.

Let’s talk about something controversial, Kylo Ren. People think he was way too weak as a fighter, as a Force user, and as a character. I disagree, I thought he was probably the deepest character in the movie. Throughout the movie, we learn that he is having an identity crisis as he wants to be on the Dark side but there is glimmer or light in him, and he does not know how to deal with it. He has an inferiority complex, afraid that he would never live up to the legend that is Darth Vader. During the final fight, he was fighting with just recently solved identity crisis, severe daddy issues, sever granddaddy issues, fatal wound, emotional instability, as well as pressure to impress his boss. And he didn’t even want to kill the hero during that fight. Give a guy a break.

The attention to detail was great in this movie. Especially the scene where Kylo Ren’s identity crisis was resolved. I did NOT find this out. I don’t remember who said but look at the lighting in the picture above. Here, we see Kylo Ren being on the fence between the Dark and the Light visually. But when he finally decides to full Dark, the lighting changes to all red.

This is a great visual story telling, and we need more of stuff like this!

-the Bad-

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Yes, it is very similar to the first Star Wars movie, Episode IV: A New Hope. A lot of the movie relies on the fact that Star Wars is popular. It assumes that you know the previous movies, at least the original trilogy. Millennium Falcon, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Leia Organa, and Luke Sky Walker are directly from the original trilogy. And things like “Droid having critical data,” “Destroy a Death Star-esque thing that kill plants,” “Masked Villain has familiar connection with the heroes,” and “Hero from desert planet for greater destiny” are all too familiar to us.

Let’s talk about Rey. I love her so much already, she is now my favorite Star Wars hero, even more than Luke, and definitely more than Anakin from the prequels. But, she is too perfect. She has no flaws! She is a great fighter, great pilot, and can take on Jedi level warriors without ANY training. Even emotionally she is strong. Let’s hope we get to see more sides of her though.

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Captain Phasma does almost nothing in the entire movie. I realize they may be saving her for the sequels, but I was hoping to see more of her. I wanted to get a toy of her, but she does not deserve a spot on my shelf just yet. I have a lot of hopes for her.

-Verdict-

  • Will I watch it again? Of course! I actually bought the Steelcase Blu Ray of it.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! It is a great film in every sense of the word.
  • Overall Thoughts? I had so much fun watching this film.

I don’t remember when was the last time I had this much fun watching a film. I had a smile on my face almost the whole time.

Happy Star Wars Day!

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