Movie Reviews: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' A Second Opinion

By Jake Buchanan

There has been an Awakening!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Review) 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams, and stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Harrison Ford. To quote Han Solo to Chewbacca "We're home." That statement is completely true as Star Wars fans have finally received a film that captures what the original trilogy did over 30 years ago. 

The latest additions of the younger cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver surprised and delivered in each scene they were involved in either together or individually, and what these performances showcased throughout the film is that this new trilogy is in capable hands with how incredible each actress and actors portrayal as these new characters in the story. 

Classic moments between Han Solo and Chewbacca throughout the entire film were priceless and captured the classic partnership between the two that was in the original trilogy perfectly.
Adam Driver's performance as Kylo Ren is absolutely what Anakin Skywalker in the Prequels should've been, because throughout the film Kylo Ren continues to descend more into the Dark Side which his actions (physical and emotional) launch him into the darkness even more towards the end of the film pushing him in the direction of Vader level. 

What J.J. Abrams does with The Force Awakens feels like he’s paying homage to the original trilogy throughout the film by weaving a New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi type vibe all into The Force Awakens which is masterfully done, but also Abrams developed a whole new story for this next generation trilogy that stands out on its own away from the other two trilogy story-lines of The Originals & The Prequels.

The charisma and humor of The Force Awakens is balanced well and at no time seems forced into any scenes throughout the film, and this maybe the first time in the history of Star Wars that charisma and humor were at the forefront of the entire film giving this next generation trilogy that individual spark that not only makes it stand out as a Star Wars film but also separates itself from the other two trilogies completely.   

Of course there are minor problems with The Force Awakens such as CGI characters that standout amongst those of practical effects which takes you out of the film for a brief second or two, the under-utilization of a few characters that were believed to be more important, and finally a telegraphed scene that didn't truly live up to the moment due to the lead up and execution of it. 

Other than these minor problems with Star Wars: The Fore Awakens this film definitely has set the bar for the next Star Wars films coming out in the future, and has recaptured what Star Wars did in 1977 in today's world of 2015. 

That's why I’m giving Star Wars: The Force Awakens a 5/5 for just not recapturing the tone of the originals or continuing the franchise into the future, but for personally making me more invested in this trilogy moving forward than the other two individual trilogy's in the past.