ByNathan Archer, writer at

Well it's finally here the next installment in the Star Wars franchise and after seeing it opening day I felt the need to share my thoughts. The Force Awakens is the continuation of the Star Wars franchise after Return of the Jedi, this film focuses on a small group of people who are thrust into a new story starring familiar faces but a whole new threat to the universe. The Force Awakens stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson and Andy Serkis.

Let's look at the positives first of which there are a few, which include: great action, good dialogue, good acting, great plot progression, the film had a excellent emotional core and the film set itself up perfectly for the next two films. The action throughout the film is tense and exciting (which is definitely helped by John Williams' score), the set pieces throughout the film are perfectly spaced and it doesn't feel like the film has filler; the dialogue scenes in between are really well written and all the character interactions are wonderful. All the actors in this film did a great job portraying their characters and it's great to see Harrison Ford back, I also loved Adam Driver as the villain as he had an arc throughout the film. JJ Abrams did a great job of making scenes humourous when they needed to be and serious when that was required. The new characters were introduced perfectly and it ended so that they were set-up for the story to continue.

I do unfortunately have a few issues with the film, which are: some of the acting was a bit off, there are lots of tropes and plot conveniences and the plot was a parallel of episode IV. At the start it took a while to get use to John Boyega's and Domhnall Gleeson's accent and general performance but once I did I enjoyed both of them. It's not as if the originals were clear of them but this film has so many situations where to make the plot move forward something really convenient happens. Also this movie is filled with classic tropes and clichés. This seems to stem from the fact that the basic plot is a complete parallel of A New Hope which is probably the film's biggest flaw.

Overall this film is thoroughly enjoyable and it sets the new trilogy off back on the right track but it does have a few flaws that are very noticeable, so taking everything into consideration I rate this film:



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