Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Written by: J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Harrison Ford
Plot: Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. (Synopsis from IMDB)
Verdict: This movie was a massive dissapointment. The Star Wars universe is so ripe with possibilitiies that I think what the filmmakers have given us is disgustingly lazy. First off, I have to give this movie some credit, I was never bored during The Force Awakens, an action sequence was never far away and those sequences were generally pretty good. I think the filmmakers were smart enough to know that if they allowed the audience too much of a break between action scenes they might start thinking about the movie and realise that what they’re watching is just a slap-dash remake of A New Hope. But whereas A New Hope told a solid story based upon strong characters The Force Awakens tells a story leakier than the Titanic based around woefully under-developed characters. 5/10
Things I Didn’t Like About The Force Awakens
- The moment Kylo Ren throws his first temper tantrum he stops being an intimidating villian.
- Pointlessly using CGI for Lord Snoke.
- The Resistance need to attack the Starkiller base but spaceships can’t fly through its shield. Han Solo solves this problem by flying his spaceship through the shield and turning it off.
- Han Solo knows the First Order are looking for a droid and two humans so instead of taking the droid and two humans directly to the Resistance he goes to a busy cantina full of bounty hunters and smugglers. And instead of telling the droid and two humans to wait for him in the Millennium Falcon he takes them all in with him.
- Poe Dameron, were we actually meant to give a shit about this character, he’s barely in the movie and yet he’s the one who blows up the Starkiller base at the end.
- Why was Han Solo in this movie, his story was completed in the original trilogy.
- The Starkiller being the most impractical doomsday weapon ever. It’s a planet/base that sucks all the energy from its sun to give it the power to blow up planets. Once it drains the power from its sun its surface would become uninhabitable. Can something that size it travel to another solar system? How many stars/suns are in its range to charge from?
- Luke now seems like a bit of a dick considering that although he felt responsible for his student, Kylo Ren, turning to the Dark Side he runs off instead of doing anything about it, allowing Kylo Ren and the First Order to build a massive Starkiller base that blows up five planets.
- Finn’s underdeveleoped change of allegiance. For someone apparently brainwashed by the First Order since childhood he turns his back on everything he once knew a little too easily.
- Rey mastering the Jedi Mind Trick in seconds.
- Finn & Rey mastering lightsaber fighting out of nowhere.
- Rey being good at everything (she speaks wookie and droid!).
- What was Rey’s story arc? After the movie we still know nothing about her and she’s are protagonist. Compare her to Luke Skywalker from A New Hope. By the end of the first act in A New Hope we know that Luke was raised on a farm by his Aunt and Uncle, he dreams of leaving his home and seeing the galaxy, he hates the Empire and wants to join the Rebels but his Uncle forbids it, he then learns that his dead father was a great fighter, a Jedi Knight and wants to become one too. By the end of the movie Luke has left the farm, had an adventure in space, joined the rebels and, using his rudimentary knowledge of Jedi ways, has blown up the Death Star, the symbol of oppressive authority. Luke’s story is a relatable story of rebellious youth, what is Rey’s?