ByNelson Barnes II, writer at
I take a unique look at films using comic books, sociology, poetry and other resources. The result leads to seeing a film beyond the camera
Nelson Barnes II

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" revives the spectacle of the original trilogy while awarding fans with a powerful and fresh adventure to reboot the saga and move forward. J.J. Abrams takes on George Lucas’ creation in the sequel to 1983’s Return of the Jedi with the help of Lawrence Kasdan. The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after the events in the Battle of Endor with new enemies, new dangers and a familiar ally known as the force. Masterfully, the film echoes every aspect of the classic trilogy while managing to separate itself as a new film in the Star Wars cinematic universe.

The character introductions are quick, but gives just enough time to create good chemistry and progress the story line. The curtain is opened to a vast collection of new characters in a fateful way that directly suggest that the force is working in order to gather these people in order to fight a new evil in the galaxy. BB-8 is an adorable addition to the story and is especially essential to the plot. Newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega deliver an acting debut unlike any other in their performances as Rey and Finn. Ridley's portrayal of the character Rey is powerful. She provides the transition needed to express the proper emotions for the emotions needed to show the characters mature path ahead of her. Boyega supplies the right amount of energy, humor and immersion into the new character. Suspense, drama, and humor are presented quite well between the acting duo in this movie and are progressed naturally. Next, Oscar Issac’s acting is smooth and blends well as Poe Dameron, the new daring pilot in the Force Awakens. His humor is quick, witty, and he steals the scene anytime he has an opportunity. The friendship in this movie is believable and warm as the movie progresses. Adam Driver playing as Kylo Ren is fantastic as the new villain in the sequel trilogy.

Nostalgia returns with Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford reprising their roles as Han Solo and General Leia. Their on screen presence takes viewers back to the era of the original trilogy. From the Millennium Falcon to the familiar growl of Chewbacca, the golden shine of C-3PO, and the beeps of R2D2, this film delivers the memories. John Williams returns with a beautiful score to accompany the film with beautiful pieces that will move you to tears.To the viewer, you will not be disappointed. As you sit down in your seat, your heart will beat after seeing every letter of "LUCASFILM" gloss over in that black and silver sheen. Then the screen goes to black. Suddenly, you see "A long time ago in a galaxy far far away....", and then you wait a few seconds. Then, at the snap of a finger, you see STAR WARS draw back like it did six times prior in the theater. This film will bring you back to your childhood saying "you’re home, and it's been awhile. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" delivers that very feeling and it is now in theaters.


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