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Star Wars Force Awakens

Star Wars The Force Awakens

Director: J.J. Abrams

Screenplay: J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt

MyReviews Rating: 8.6 out of 10

Some Thoughts on this movie

In Star Wars Force Awakens we find several of the old characters from the original star wars movies. We get the pleasure of experiencing Han, Chewbacca, Leia, and in the end Luke. This movie also introduces some very new characters that we’ll later find out stick around for more than a single episode, such as Rey, Fin, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, Maz Kanata, General Hux, and Supreme Leader Snoke.

Excitement isn’t enough, I was super excited to see were this movie would take us in the Star Wars Universe. The movie was very anticipated by many fans as George Lucas made it very clear that he didn’t want to do any more Star Wars movies, but to all the real fans out there many were relieved when we heard that Disney bought out the franchise and intended to make more Star Wars movies.

Synopsis (In my words)

The Rebellion having defeated the Imperial threat is yet again forced to fight against a new threat in the galaxy, The First Order. The First Order being led by a new Sith Lord known as Supreme Leader Snoke and his underlings. In this film Snoke doesn’t play a very major role you are introduced to his General Hux, and Snokes Sith apprentice Kylo Ren.

Kylo Ren is a very talented Sith apprentice who is in search for the maps that will lead The First Order to the location that Luke has disappeared to. In Kylos search for Luke he captures Poe a rebellion pilot who is also searching for the whereabouts of Luke.

While on the surface of Jakku, FN-2187 (later known as Fin) sees the atrocities committed by the first order, and makes the decision that he no longer wants to follow this path. Fin with his new sense of morality must decide what to do with his future.

Fin stumbles upon a force sensitive known as Rey, a scavenger, who is from the planet Jakku, and has found a droid by the name of BB-8 which has the missing part of the map to find Luke. This is were the adventure begins for all of these characters.

Meanwhile, The First Order has constructed a new weapon that can destroy many worlds at once, and remain undetected until it’s too late.

My Thoughts before watching the movie

Excitement isn’t enough, I was really hoping this movie would tie in the amount of time between Episode VI and now, but instead they decided to give us a thirty-year gap in between these movies. Excitement isn’t enough, I was also hoping it would take a different direction than it did.

I watched these previews with great anticipation to see were they were going with the story line for Star Wars. I wasted a good deal of time watching the different trailers for this movie, plus several of the fan films, and other fan made views to see what they thought may happen.

Excitement isn’t enough, I was really hoping in the new additions to the timeline they would possibly follow in the footsteps of the written novels that were already out there by other authors, but I suppose they decided to go their own way.

My Thoughts on The Force Awakens

I guess Excitement isn’t enough, I was a little disappointed that they left such a gap in time, and that they didn’t go a different direction with these sequels. As I previously stated they put a thirty-year gap in the timeline, and so much can happen in that amount of time. Maybe they gave the gap there so that they can fill it with some of these spin off movies later.

The Force Awakens left me wanting for more information on the backstories to some of these characters, but that seems to be pretty traditional within the Star Wars universe. I’m sure many other fans out there would love to see some back stories on many of the other characters, but I guess this gives the Star Wars franchise many more possible movies to make.

Rey, one of our new characters in this film you see develop force powers very quickly and untrained I may add. Rey seems to be a key part of the story, because by the end of this film she is being sought after by both Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke.

Fin (FN-2187) is a member of The First Order in the beginning of the movie and soon figures out the moral scope of The First Order, and decides it just isn’t for him. Fin first meets Poe on The First Orders ship, but Fin knew of him from the surface of Jakku. Fin needs a pilot to get away from The First Order, and helps Poe to escape captivity in a stolen Tie Fighter.

Poe is a Rebellion fighter pilot who is captured on Jakku while he is trying to escort a BB-8 droid. The BB-8 is carrying a map of were to find Luke. Poe must return to Jakku to retrieve the droid as they were separated when Poe was captured on Jakku.

The BB-8 droid that everyone is looking for is discovered by Rey on Jakku while she is returning from scavenging. The BB-8 follows her back to a trading post were they soon run into Fin, who is still trying to escape The First Order. Fin, Rey, and BB-8 must now run (roll) for their lives to escape.

This movie seems so close to Episode IV A New Hope in the way the movie starts all the way to Starkiller Base. Both movies start out with a sandy planet, both have some looming new threat from an unimaginable weapon, and both have the characters on the run from a Sith Apprentice.

The amount of similarities in these movies is undeniable especially to the fans of Star Wars that have been around watching these movies since their childhood.

Conclusion

You could likely get away with just watching episode IV over again and call it a day, but it’s really worth it to watch these new movies as they come out. Along with better acting, scripting, special effects, I believe these new movies are going to pave the way for many more Star Wars films to come.

If you haven’t seen all the previous movies, in my humble opinion you should certainly take the time to go back and watch all of them.

As always if you have any questions or concerns about my review please feel free to comment below.

Best regards,

Matt

Matt@meanderingchef.com

Matthew Curtis

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