A New Order Needs a New Jedi
After his attempt to train a new Jedi ends up with the young Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) joining the dark side Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has disappeared. But with Kylo Ren now leading the First Order the search for Luke has become critical. It is how defecting stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) and scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) end up on the Millennium Falcon along with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) trying to deal with the First Order with a little help from Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), now a General in the resistance and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).
Thank you J.J. Abrams for making me feel the excitement I felt as a child when I watched "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" for the first time and in doing so reminding me why I love movies so much, I had started to forget. But thank you also for taking the franchise back to where it should be with real sets, stunts and CGI effects which unlike in the prequels don't feel like they are the main focus but there as embellishments. You almost managed to make me forget the horror of Jar Jar Binks and George Lucas's fascination with CGI generated action and the use of green screen to make the impossible only kind of possible.
Now I could go on because whilst "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" is not perfect it is damn close and the most important thing is that it recaptures the feel of "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope". We have the desert sets which give it a real feel whilst you have the special effects blended in rather than screaming look at men and how wonderful this is. We also have new characters but mostly ones grounded in a believable world rather than forced and quirky. We also have a storyline which kind of echoes "A New Hope" as we are introduced to what is the new generation of characters but we have these twists when it comes to the new dark side and trust me some big twists which I am still kind of pinching myself about and hoping in the next instalment there will be some further twist on this one.
Look I could go on and talk in depth about "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens", mention how one character seems to have the force whilst Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron has a strange looking run early on but does well to bring a touch of Harrison Ford style humour to his character. But truth be told "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" isn't a movie you review in depth because even if someone said it sucked you would still watch it because it is a "Star Wars" movie.
What this all boils down to is that "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" is a great addition to the franchise and whilst it isn't perfect it feels a lot more connected to the original trilogy with the right look, right balance of action and effects and most importantly the right actors for the pivotal roles.