It’s finally here! The movie that some of us have been anticipating since elementary school: the first movie to the new sequel trilogy for the Star Wars franchise: Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.
The hype for this movie is like nothing anyone has ever seen. The Force Awakens is the fastest movie to earn $1 billion; it took only 12 days. It has also grossed more money in an opening weekend and in a single weekend than any other movie, with an income of $529 billion dollars. It has shattered dozens of other box office records, both world wide, and in the U.S., but does it live up to all the hype?
I can say honestly, without giving anything away to those of you who haven’t seen it, that this movie is very worthy of being part of the Star Wars saga and definitely not an embarrassment like the last attempted Star Wars trilogy.
Finally, the franchise is out of the hands of its creator George Lucas and into the hands of the fans. The director JJ Abrams was an obvious choice to take the wheel, as he is known for his fan boy love of Star Wars and has more than proved that he could do Star Wars right, with his direction of Star Trek.
The idea behind the movie was to try to recreate the feeling of the original trilogy and in particular, the first Star Wars movie ever: A New Hope, and to distance itself from the CGI-filled prequel trilogy by shooting the movie with real set pieces, real costumes and real actors the way Lucas was forced to film in the 70’s.
The movie definitely recreates the feeling of A New Hope, but unfortunately recreated the movie itself: a new Death Star, and a new plan in a droid and even a new rebellion, which makes utterly no sense because there is also a New Republic. The Force Awakens lacked new ideas and made viewers feel that they were watching a movie they had already seen.
One thing The Force Awakens does right, however, are characters Finn and Rey, played by actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, respectively. These new characters are interesting and captivating. They save the movie and form the only difference from A New Hope.
The Force Awakens is an exiting, fun, great Star Wars movie that makes the rest of the trilogy look prosperous and I think everyone, including myself, cannot wait for the next one.
by Cal Curran