So long Jurassic World! Your velociraptor speed to claim the highest box office record in the world was not as fast as the Millennium Falcon. So to speak, Star Wars’ ability to reach $247.97 million for opening weekend makes everyone forget what a T-rex is.
But what makes Star Wars: Force Awakens so successful?
Star Wars fans are transported thirty years after the destruction of the Galactic Empire. However, the universe becomes under a new threat: the First Order under the leadership of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) threatens the galaxy’s existence. The galaxy’s only hope is the combined forces of new characters Rey (Daisy Ridley), a scavenger of planet Jakku, and Finn (John Boyega), a reformed Storm Trooper. Together they join our Heroes of Old, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and General Organa (Carrie Fisher), to find where legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has been hiding all these years.
[Warning: Below contains some discussion of the movie. If you wish not to be spoiled, it is recommended to stop reading now. Sorry. We are not responsible of any harm inflicted by reading the spoilers below.]
Director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8) presents the plot with finesse and beauty. The script is able to balance the action and humor that all Star Wars fans have been waiting for since the release of the failed Trilogy of Episode I-III. The fact that Abrams is an original Star Wars fan really brings the movie with color. Not only did he mix new elements to the plot, like the existence of something worse than the Death Star, but also brings back elements of old. Throughout the film, audiences around the world are exposed to numerous Easter Eggs and nostalgic introduction scenes of old characters. Viewers are instantly captivated as Han Solo and Chewbacca are reunited with their Millennium Falcon. Fans around the world seemed to chant along with him: “Chewie, we’re home.” The movie’s splendid action scenes are accompanied by John Williams original score, swelling the movie theatre and audiences with the Force. All in all, the movie is so fantastic that it is receiving last minute Oscar Nominations! They include Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.
Even though the movie may be regarded as great, some may agree to disagree.
Probably the most disappointing part of the movie was the mask reveal of Kylo Ren. Sorry, Adam Driver! Although this may be your first big movie to star in, everyone around the world was expecting our supervillain to be more than an emo wimp. And that is not one of the only concerns either. Accoring to CinemaBlend, Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, The Avengers), who originally played Jedi Master Mace Windu of the first three Star Wars episodes, says in an interview that he is unsure of Rey’s fighting skills, stating that “kids need to go to lightsaber fight school, but… that’s just me thinking out.” However, Rey has had experienced some skill of fighting as a scavenger at Jakku and Abrams adds his comment that the duels staged in the movie are considered to be more “primitive” than of Jedi expertise. Another complaint expressed about the movie was from original owner of the series George Lucas. When he had sold his four billion dollar franchise, including the scripts to the new trilogy, Disney planned to start something fresh, ultimately discarding Lucas’ plans. However, Entertainment Weekly states that “Director J.J. Abrams says he hopes The Force Awakens honors what Lucas originated decades ago, and adds that he had nothing to do with the decision not to move forward with Lucas’s story treatments.” Other questions arise as the movie leaves some plot holes. A Huffington Post article compiles a list of controversial events that occurred in the movie: How did Han Solo lose his ship? How did pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) survive the Tie Fighter crash when there was no depicted scene that his parachute was able to deploy in time? Why is there only one Stormtrooper to guard Rey as hostage? Why does this movie seem to be a repeat of Episode IV-VI?
Well, who knows if the later episodes will answer our questions now.
To those who have watched it, give yourself a pat on the back and wait patiently! Star Wars: Episode VIII is said to be released on December 15th of 2017!
May the Force be with you. :)