Seeing 'Star Wars' shoot across the screen again immediately made my arm a mountain range of goosebumps.
In short, Star Wars Episode 7 brings back the wonder of the original trilogy while also bringing a certain freshness to the franchise--which is due to J.J. Abrams direction.
The look of the ships, the movement of the camera, and the new characters all work to make The Force Awakens feel new and old at the same time.
To put it in another way, you've never seen a Star Wars movie like this before, and you probably never will again.
The reason I didn't give it a resounding 10 stars is because of a few inconsistencies in the story. Guys, brace yourselves because there are spoilers (and please don't crucify me, I really liked this film). FYI, at the end of my two major issues with the story are a slew of things I loved about Episode 7, so please, if anything, scroll down and read them because I want to have a fan freak out with everybody.
Rey's Force Powers
For starters, I LOVED the fact that Rey is force sensitive in this one. On top of that, she's clearly talented in the ways of the force--apparently talented enough to beat the crap out of Kylo Ren, who's had significant training..
As a "sith lord" (or whatever you want to call him), he's done things we've never seen before. He can get into the minds of his prisoners, stop blaster beams in mid-air, and literally stop people from moving--things I've certainly never seen before.
Now, the problem I had wasn't so much that Rey developed powers so quickly, it was more that she could take on Kylo Ren after learning about the force just yesterday.
In fact, many times I was dissapointed by how weak and fragile Kylo Ren was. I feel like much of the suspense of the film was taken away because he wasn't the extremely powerful (and more collected) villain that Darth Vader was.
Yes, Vader did force choke people, but he wasn't destroying parts of his ship with his lightsaber because he got so pissed off, I don't know, just a minor issue.
Ok, the scruffy-looking nerf herder is one of my favorite characters of all time. The problem I had, again, was more with him and his son Ben Solo/Kylo Ren.
I just didn't see it.
I didn't feel a connection between the two of them at all. This is weird to say thinking about the connection I felt between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Maybe the reason I didn't feel a connection was because Han was always so dismissive of the force. To have his son as this powerful "sith-lord" (I really don't know what to call him so I'm going to keep calling him that) didn't make much sense to me.
I just didn't feel like they were his parents.
For some reason I could feel that Darth Vader was Luke's father. You could see the weakness in Vader as he battled his son in Empire Strikes Back. Despite their differences, I could feel their connection.
I didn't feel Han's connection with anybody really except for Rey. Even with Leia I couldn't feel it anymore. And the whole backstory of him leaving Leia because of the "loss of his son" didn't really do it for me either. I'm sorry guys.
Maybe too much had happened in those thirty years for audiences to really get used to it in just a two hour movie, I don't know.
Here's a few other minor issues
- Luke Skywalker - Gosh, could we have at least gotten a line of dialogue out of the guy? I waited years for this. I wanted to see him more.
- Supreme Leader Snoke - After seeing Snoke I felt like we were in the middle of a Marvel movie or something. I just couldn't take him seriously because it was too much CGI. I don't know.
- General Hux - Ok, of all the acting performances of the film, this character was really not well acted. He also wasn't that strong of a bad guy. J.J. needed to make him a little more ruthless or something.
Ok, now for the good part!
Here's what I loved about the film, and I'll put them in bullets because there's way too much to talk about.
- Poe Freaking Dameron - Wow, I think I liked this guy just as much as Han Solo--did I say that? His arrogance, humor, and incredible talent behind the dashboard of the X-Wing makes him one of my favorite characters of the new film.
- Rey - J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan deserve a standing ovation for creating Rey. She's my favorite character of the film, and Daisy Ridley did a phenomenal job bringing her to life. I'm so ready to see a female jedi in the future.
- Finn's inner struggle - The concept of audiences seeing a stormtrooper turn to the good side was unthinkable before Episode 7. As one of his friends dies in combat, Finn is scarred and decides to abandon his post--leaving The First Order. J.J. directed that scene perfectly, really bringing some humanity into the film.
- The Millenium Falcon - "That's a piece of junk!" - what Rey actually says about the Millenium Falcon in the beginning part of the movie. I loved how J.J. revealed everybody's favorite ship, something you'll have to see when you sit down to watch the film.
- BB-8 - Enough said.
I can't wait to see Finn and Poe Dameron interact in the future. They really hit it off in the movie, and I feel some more humorous moments coming in the next film akin to Han Solo and Lando in the original trilogy.
Who are Rey's parents? And why the heck is she so force-sensitive? I think there could be a few explanations...
Will Rey and Finn become romatically involved? I think the answer is a resounding yes. That's coming in the future.
There's so many unanswered questions, but that's only going to make the suspense leading up to the next one hit new heights.
Overall, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was so much fun to watch in theatres, even if I was a bit dissapointed in certain aspects of the film. The series has been reinvigorated, and J.J. did his part in bringing back the most beloved film franchise of all time.