It has been 10 years since a live-action Star Wars movie has hit the silver screen. Originally, the sequel trilogy to one of the biggest movie trilogies of all time was scrapped all the way through. But after George Lucas, the genius behind the galaxy far, far away sold the rights of Lucasfilm to Disney, the sequel trilogy was back in order.
Over the course of the ten years since the absence of Star Wars on the silver screen, there have been several TV shows, particularly The Clone Wars and the present Rebels series on both Cartoon Network and Disney XD.
Also this is a spoiler free review. But I will however post a spoiler filled review in the coming few days. So don't worry about the spoilers just yet.
Set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, the First Order is now ruling the galaxy. They are at war with the newly formed Resistance. Their leader, Supreme Leader Snoke is sending legions of new Storm troopers to take over the galaxy and destroy the Resistance, who are seeking to destroy the First Order and restoring peace and freedom to the galaxy.
At the center of this new installment are two new characters named Finn and Rey. Finn (played by John Boyega) is a storm-trooper who worked for the First Order. But he escaped them because he didn't like working for them. And he goes down to the deserted planet of Jakku and meets up with a scavenger named Rey (played by Daisy Ridley). So when they meet up, they find themselves in this big new adventure as they are in the middle of the war between the Resistance and the First Order. Not only that, they find themselves on the run from the First Order agents Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie).
Now I have got to give props to so many great things in this movie. This is the continuation of the Star Wars series. And it is so amazing!!! The action sequences were all fantastic. They were perfectly staged. From one action sequence to another, I couldn't have asked for more.
The film is directed by none other than the amazing J.J. Abrams. He can totally make a great movie with stellar action, an intriguing story and make it as relevant as possible with the original source material. He did so a few years ago in the rebooted Star Trek in 2009 and with its 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. And he also is the director of Mission: Impossible III. If you've seen that movie too, you know what I mean when he makes such great movies of our time. Not only that, but Abrams took several elements from some of the other Star Wars movies and made them into several great sequences that made this movie so amazing.
But the best thing about this film is that there are several appearances from characters of the original Star Wars trilogy. Most notably is Harrison Ford as Han Solo. When he first appeared in this movie, my mind just melted!!! I have been waiting for Harrison Ford to return to the Star Wars saga for way too long. He is what drives the movie all the way through.
Other appearances are made by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), R2-D2 (Kenny Baker), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). They still know how to play their original characters and they are all relevant to the new crew. And that is just downright amazing. But they are in their for quite a few bits here and there.
Now on the flip-side of the heroes are the villains. The villains in this film are just crazy. Some of them aren't used as much as I liked them to be used. Kylo Ren is leading the First Order troops into battle and he was so intriguing here. When I saw him on screen in his first scene, I was like: OMG!!! This villain is crazy. I thought of him to being just a side villain for something a lot bigger. But he was the most prominent villain in the movie. He is one of the biggest villains of 2015's long list of movie villains. He would probably top my list of 2015 villains aside from Ultron or President Alma Coin.
Domhnall Gleeson is in this movie as a villain named General Hux. I remember him most from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as Ron's brother Bill. But now he is doing the flip side as a bad guy. He was a bad ass villain and he was as menacing as possible.
The only downside is Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma for me. She also appeared in Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 as Commander Lyme in a cameo. But I think they are setting her up for something bigger. She just wasn't used as much in this movie. Also Max von Sydow was in the movie too. But he was a cameo appearance at the very beginning of the movie.
Also Oscar Isaac was in the movie as a character named Poe Dameron. He was just as awesome as I thought of him to be.
In the end, Star Wars: The Force Awakens totally met my expectations. It had some moments where I was like 'Hey, that's familiar.' It had some old characters, a bunch of newcomers, whom I welcome warmly to the Star Wars universe. Great director, great chemistry, amazing action sequences and an overall great movie that continues one of history's best movie series of all time.