Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Episode VII Review

Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.14.36 PM    Kasdan and Abrams have unleashed their child into the world, after careful care and gentle touches, Abrams has finally rescued  Star Wars from the depths and brought it back to form. I can’t say this is a perfect film, but, I can say this is the best Star Wars film to come out since Return of the Jedi. What Abrams was able to do is parallel A New Hope, blend the new and the old in the most perfect way. From the writing, the characters, their performances, the humor, and the story-points, Abrams is able to mix everything together to give us the film that we desired. First, I must mention the new actors: Driver, Gleeson, Christie, Ridley, Isaac, etc. As Kylo Ren, Driver excels in his portrayal of a broken character who tries to please his masters yet finds himself troubled by what he has to do, Gleeson’s fine, Boyega’s great but doesn’t steal the show the way Isaac and Ridley do. That said, Oscar Isaac is perfect as Poe Dameron, his charismatic and cool nature works amazingly for his character, plus, he steals every scene he’s in. Ridley, also gives a magnificent performance and proves to be one of the best characters in the whole film as she’s able to mix her strong character’s will with her mysterious past. As a director, Abrams pulls off something more than impressive, condensing 30 years of history into one film, managing the old and the new, and throw-backing to the original trilogy. As for the negatives, even though used magnificently in majority, the comedy is a bit too much, same for the referencing, and lastly I just had some problems with the use of some characters such as R2, Phasma, and Max Von Seydow who quite literally only makes a cameo appearance. With the negatives mentioned, Star Wars: Episode VII is still a really good film, a tale full of wonders that revisits our childhood, and a film that will emotionally affect you if you were a fan of the originals like I was, its good, funny, and an overall good ride with great performances, great directing, and good writing, leading me to rank it an 85 out of 100.

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