As the entire world knows George Lucas in 2012 sold the rights of the Star Wars movies to Disney, (with the acceptation of a New Hope which 20th Century Fox has permanent rights to, and Disney will receive the full DVD and Blu-ray rights to all the movies in 2020.) Which for some this was a shock, but now that the dust has settled, and the Force Awakens is out, no one (at least that I know) is complaining. Despite the fact I am still new to this content, and not a die-hard-fan like most people, I understood the story of Luke, Han and Leia and knew Star Wars had potential. When I saw the trailers to The Force Awakens I couldn't wait.
I knew what to expect after seeing both the Original and the Prequel Trilogies. I also knew George Lucas wasn't going to be the director, and when I read that news it came to me as no surprise. What did surprise me is how little he was actually involved, anyways. The Original was of course my favorite so naturally I knew this movie wasn't going to bad, despite J.J. Abrams keeping a lot of it hush hush in the media, and despite all the rumors /theories going around on the internet including Hayden Christensen's possible return, as Darth Vader as a Twilight ghost, Interesting.
However, I was as stoked as ever. When I went to the theatre the day of its release, I only missed the opening crawl, as I got up to go get a snack from the concession. But really that was all I missed about 1%, (more like 0.5% oh what does it matter) once I got my snack I sat down and watched the movie. There were about 30 people in the theatre, and I tried to be respectful of all movie goers.
Now without going into too much detail, What I saw was absolutely astounding. My jaw dropped when I saw Harrison Ford as Han Solo walk onto the scene, I thought he aged well and I was pleased with his appearance and costume as well as how they kept his real hair in the movie. I love his line as he enters the Millennium Falcon and says to Chewie, "Chewie were home." That was pretty awesome. That must've been a pretty easy make-up job.
Han Solo's death scene with him confronting his son Ben a.k.a. Kylo Ren who kills his father with his lightsaber, after convincing his son to come home, and return to the side of good, was jaw dropping. Especially before Han falls he touches his son's face one last time and falls to his death.
That was difficult to watch, but I was satisfied with the conclusion to Han's story and Harrison Ford's performance of the character. Besides I don't blame Harrison Ford for trying to get his character killed off in the Original Trilogy but of course I do understand Lucas's reason for keeping Han alive, he wanted a happy ending. But for this movie Han's death makes sense, because as Harrison Ford said at Comic Con for The Force Awakens "" Hans Solo does not aspire to the position of Obi-Wan, nor do I aspire to be some New Age Alec Guinness."
I don't blame you a bit Harrison, besides Han Solo wasn't the kind of person to take on being a Jedi, while that would be entertaining I like him as he is a smuggler and a pirate.
I was happy to see Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca as well hearing him talk in his Wookie language was so refreshing. Seeing Carrie Fisher as General Leia, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO and Kenny Baker as R2-D2 was awesome. Oh and of course at the end (SPOILER) Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. All actors who I admire from the bottom of my Heart Harrison Ford being right at the top.
Now onto the newbies Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Bodega (Finn) and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), all these characters are so cool. First I loved the performance they put on for each character, of course I ironically for some reason took Oscar Issac for Mark Hamill mistaking the characters. When his character Dameron goes Whoo Hoo! in the X-wing fighter really loudly I thought that was Luke Skywalker I guess it was nostalgia, that came over me. It was such a good performance and a perfect I seriously awesome.
Adam Driver put on a great performance of Kylo Ren I love the mask and the costume including his lightsaber with Crossguard is very cool. He did an amazing job and his performance of Kylo was awesome and scary, very intimidating not like Darth Vader, Vader scares me, but still Kylo is awesome. I love that he was Han Solo's son, he is a mystery but I can't wait to see how his story/path to the Dark Side unfolds.
John Bodega as Finn was awesome too and his performance in the beginning as an imperial stormtrooper was awesome especially when he resists and doesn't follow Kylo's Order, which was to kill the village people. His inclusion to the story is awesome especially when he wields Luke's old lightsaber, after Rey refuses to accept her destiny as a Jedi. He is a bit of mystery, but it will be interesting to see how his story unfolds.
Daisy Ridely's performance as Rey was so cool, its nice to see a lead female character instead of it always being a male. Its nice to change things up, once in a while. Besides its very stereotypical for a male not a female to be in the lead role. While Rey's family is a bit of a mystery, I can't wait to see how that pans out.
Before I wrap up my review, now that the movie has been seen and released in theaters, a small minority of people are complaining the movie is A New Hope all over again. Now while I agree this movie has A New Hope feel and theme to it. I think the small minority that didn't like it, need to see past that and realize it's a retro story with classic characters were familiar with, and some new ones with new villains sparked from old ones. I know George Lucas wasn't happy that his script he wrote originally not being used, but lets face it.
Those who saw the prequels and hated them (Not me of course I only liked but not loved them) know that Lucas was Technology oriented and used a lot of CGI and while the special effects were awesome, the acting was awful. So focusing less on the CGI/Technology aspect and more on the story I think brings Star Wars back again, which the Force Awakens achieves. Which is why I also think the Original Trilogy outweighs the Prequel Trilogy for the following reasons:
A.) The Prequel Trilogy special effects: The Prequels were shot and done on a green screen and later environments having been graphed with textures and so forth were applied on a computer with a Display, mouse and Keyboard. I know that mostly because video games are made somewhat similarly.
B.)The Original Trilogy Special Effects:The Originals on the other hand while still being done with a blue screen, and a computer, the computer had to be operated by someone or a team who knew how to use it, since computers were still new technologically back in the 70's and 80's also the objects (Ships, Death Star, speeder etc) themselves had to be physically built, as physical props. Also the costumes, scenery for some parts of the movie had to be real with some of that being achieved using real earthly locations in the United States.
C.) Finally theres the acting while the prequels did tell us a story, the acting could've been way better. For some people no one liked Phantom Menace because of the acting, it was action packed but the acting was just poor. Between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith those two have received the better praise, but there's still some criticism.
Overall the Originals will always be the best because of story and special effects that were achieved in such a different manner in the 70's and 80's, compared to the 2000's and 2010's.
The Force Awakens really brings back the Original Trilogy's organicness. I love where the Star Wars Saga has gone and where it will go from here. I can't wait for 2017 and 2019 and for Episodes 8 & 9 and where Star Wars goes in the future.