Movie Review: Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens

Movie poster for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens(2015)

Released: 12/18/15

I did it!  I finally saw The Force Awakens!  Judging by the box office numbers, I am the last person to see it.  Others managed to not give away any spoilers and I will attempt to do the same with this review, just in case I am NOT the last person to see it.

I’ll start with the good.  I loved all the new characters, and Rey (Daisy Ridley) is a great lead – she is noble, smart, and resourceful.  She is 1000x more capable and likable than Luke ever was.  Luke’s whininess in A New Hope made him difficult to root for.  For those worried that the dialogue would be as clichéd and cheesy as episodes I-III, don’t.  The dialogue was clever, exactly what you’d expect from JJ Abrams.  Finally, I found the camera work to be very good, I noticed it early and I noticed it late – I thought “wow, that was good camera work.”

Now for the bad.  Perhaps the biggest disappointment was its complete and utter lack of creativity.  Every single element you’ve seen before.  One of the things that made the original Star Wars great was how incredibly new and innovative it was – no one had ever seen anything like it before.   Watching The Force Awakens, I felt like I’d already seen the movie, yet this was my first time.  I liked what I saw, but I felt I had already seen it.

Also, I noted two continuity errors.  One was from the original films to The Force Awakens and the other was within the film itself.  They might be explainable, but they haven’t been so far.  I also struggled with the characters’ motivations.  Why are they doing what they are doing?  What is their goal?

I know it seems like the cons to this movie are greater than the pros.  They aren’t.  I still greatly enjoyed the movie and (being the geek that I am) I want to see it again already.  I’ll wait for it to come out on DVD, though.  The Force Awakens is an entertaining sci-fi action film, even if it is one you’ve seen before. 

WWYT Rating: 7.8

IMDB Rating: 8.4

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