Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens Review

It has been years in the making, but finally, this Christmas another Star Wars movie hit theaters. Since George Lucas wasn’t in charge anymore, and that they had managed to snag JJ Abrams to direct, I had high hopes.

I didn’t have to reserve tickets months in advance or wait in line for hours. In Asia, all tickets buy you a specific seat, so once you’ve reserved one, no one can steal it away from you. I went to see The Force Awakens on Saturday, two days after the initial release.

It wasn’t difficult to stay away from the previews. After having watched one a few months ago, I was able to completely dissociate myself from them. The previews weren’t going to ruin my Star Wars experience.

The movie itself wasn’t bad. It was good. But it was far from being amazing. Maybe I expected too much. The plot in itself is repetitive and has been done more than once in the Star Wars trilogies. How many times can they repeat the same story? The evil guys control a planet-destroying battle station. They have Sith in charge. One of them wears a mask. A band of rebels get the plans of this Deathstar from a droid. They use it to find its weakness and send a squad to take it out. An advance squad takes out the shield generators. They destroy the station. There is some lightsaber dueling. A desert planet, a forest planet, need I go on?

This is basically the plot of the original trilogy. It feels like Abrams tried to do a backdoor reboot. I was a fan of Chewbacca. It was great fun seeing him in screen. I definitely liked Rey. She’s going to be interesting in the next movies. I’m not too sure about Finn. He mostly seemed to sweat away.

There are some good moments. The end was amazing. Luke Skywalker looks like Obi Wan Kenobi. I disliked Adam Driver as Kylo Ren. The villain was spoiled as soon as he took off his mask. It was very disappointing. He doesn’t look evil enough. He just looks like a boy. A boy who throws temper tantrums.

What’s up with Snoke looking like a giant? It was completely ridiculous. It’s just like when Palpatine’s head appeared really big. Only with Abrams, it needed to be ridiculously big. That name, Snoke, WTF. I can come up with a better Sith name in my sleep.

I think that people who haven’t seen the original series will enjoy this movie, as will kids. I guess that’s what makes it a Disney movie. I thought this would be the best Star Wars movie after ep 5 and 6. I was wrong. Currently, I think I like ep 3 more than ep 7. So my rating is 5 6 3 7 2 4 1.

So disappointing, and I only watched it once. Since it’s Oscar season, I’m sure someone will leak a screener.



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