Movie Review: Star Wars (2015)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Directed by J.J. Abrams
Written by J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt

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To say that the world has been patiently waiting for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to come to life is an understatement. Gladly enough the wait is over and the film is worth every year, minute, and second that fans have waited for because it delivers on all aspects. The film takes places 30 years after where Star Wars: Return of the Jedi left off. Director J.J. Abrams was only 17 years old when that film was released in 1983 and it is evident that he carried his teenage nostalgia and sentiment and brought it to life in the new one.

The film is centered on two unlikely heroes who meet for the first time in a dusty planet far, far away. This sounds so much like the originals, yet not one moment felt forced or contrite, instead it felt like every scene was paying homage to the original films without making the new one feel, what’s the word I am looking for, lame. To have walked out of the theater feeling duped and unsatisfied (cough, cough think Star Wars: Phantom Menace) would have been a travesty to all the fans, but this film did just the opposite. I left feeling giddy and happy like a little kid reliving the first time I saw the original films. My smile beaming from ear to ear, all I needed was a cherry lollipop and some Star Wars stickers to make me feel complete again.

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The story takes place years after Darth Vader’s death and the culmination of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) realizing that he was related to Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and subsequently her marriage to Han Solo (Harrison Ford). The First Order has risen to power led by both Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domnhall Gleeson) who are being commanded by Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), a figure head that knows all and sees all and wants the Resistance to be destroyed.

The Resistance is led by Leia Organa who seeks to find her long lost brother Luke. She sends X-wing pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) to the planet of Jakku to find a mysterious map that will uncover his whereabouts. Poe hides the map in his droid BB-8, a little ball-like robot that is loyal to a fault and what happens from here is the First Order’s chase to find both.

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Stormtroopers have always been known to be the hench men that carry out the bad guys’ evil orders, never retreating back or disobeying orders, but there is one FN-2187 who seems to have a conscious. Unable to shoot people anymore and carry out the First Order’s malicious plans he defects and ends up as Finn (John Boyega). He joins the Resistance, almost unknowingly and ends up meeting Rey (Daisy Ridley), a scavenger from Jakku who is handy with electronics and smart as a whip. The two form a friendship that will be remain as timeless in movie history as Leia and Luke (yet these two aren’t related, at least I don’t think so) and create legions of new Star Wars fans. Along their journey to keep BB-8 safe, they face bad guys like Kylo Ren and meet the legendary characters of Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C3-PO.

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One of my favorite aspects of the film was how it kept much of the editing and camera work similar to the originals. There were many wipe transitions, that classic editing style where one side of the frame is replaced by another, this was used in old Sci-Fi and 80’s flicks and one George Lucas commonly employed. Many of the camera shots were low angle, where the camera is angled to look up at the actor causing them to look bigger in the frame (think Darth Vader in the originals) this was used many times whenever General Hux or Kylo Ren entered the picture. Abrams was deliberate and smart for using these techniques because it helped to not make the movie look to overly modern and if one was to sit and watch all the movies in a row it wouldn’t feel so disjointed and odd.

I loved the addition and the highlighting of a strong female character in Rey. I always wanted Leia to have a little more oomph and Rey gives us just that and more. Ridley brought strength and warmness to the character and was able to play off of heavy-hitter Ford with no problem and only helped to further enhance his scenes. Boyega brought a lot of personality to his character and the film and interjected with some of my favorite lines. Together the two newcomers worked well off each other and brought a ton of chemistry and likeability to the film.

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Driver gave Kylo Ren that mixture of vulnerability and evilness and it worked just right, hats off to him for scoring the role of a lifetime. Another one of my favorites was Isaac, who in my eyes always delivers as an actor. He made Poe seem fun and exciting, yet heroic and loyal and I loved seeing him interact with Leia. Who wouldn’t want to join the resistance after meeting him? And who cannot forget BB-8, the little ball of fun that stole the show, I think he was my favorite aspect of the whole film.

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I encourage every lover of cinema to go see this movie; whether or not they are die-hard Star Wars geeks (I mean fans). Viewers need not go in to the film knowing every bit of Star Wars history to enjoy it, I know that can seem intimidating to some who are not that invested, so if that is you don’t let that stop you from seeing it. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a fun, thrill-ride of a movie and not one minute of it is time wasted. Do yourself a favor, use the force and score yourself some popcorn and tickets and go see this movie.

}}Melissa

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13 thoughts on “Movie Review: Star Wars (2015)

  1. Hello dahliiiing!! I’m not as in love w/ this movie as most but I’m glad I saw it. My hubby was excited about it and in the end I think he loved it more than I did. Still I think Abrams did an outstanding job and I love the new characters, even Kylo Ren who I find to be hilarious and not at all menacing, ahah. Interesting how he’s become a pop culture phenomenon, there’s even a cat who looks like him that’s now popular online, mwahahaha! I love seeing Oscar Isaac here too, sooo gorgeous! I hope there’s more of him in future SW movies, maybe then I’ll love it more 😉

    • OMG im so upset I just wrote you a huge long comment and it didn’t save!!! I was saying that I had a feeling you would not totally love the new Star Wars and I said we need to have a Ruth rating on our blogs. Basically is the film, Ruth rate-able? There are many parameters to this rating, but part of it would be does it have hunky men in period costumes? Do the people have accents in the film? hahaa Right we totally need to do that. 🙂

      • Mwahahaha!! I did enjoy it even if I didn’t absolutely love the new SW. But hey, a film doesn’t have to have a hunky man in period costumes w/ cute accents for me to love it, though it certainly helps! 😉

      • Ruth-able, ahah that sounds kinda um, inapropriate 😉 Y’know what I’ve been obsessing over… it’s an older film, A Streetcar Named Desire. Funnily enough, the main character’s name IS Stanley… dayum young Brando [fan self]

      • HAHA! It’s very inappropriate and fun. lol. Umm… hell yeah Marlon Brando was a complete hunk back then. I saw that movie back in the day and I remember thinking omg Marlon Brando was hot.. wtf!

  2. ❤ Great review lady, and I am so happy to see you enjoyed it. There was so much to love while watching this movie, and I am a big fan of this. BB-8?! We need a BB-8! He was the most adorable thing EVER! And that lightsaber… OMG. That is all. As much as I enjoyed Rey, I want more oomph from her, like Leia – but they have a lot to work with and I am sure they will take it that way. I am going to stop here otherwise I might end up re-reviewing the whole film here in your comments section!

    • Seriously get us a BB-8 asap! Preferably one with arms so he can do our nails. haha. I agree Rey was good, but not that you mention that I would have liked a little more from her. I am sure she will bring it hopefully that is in the next ones. Now we just have to wait another century. Thanks Zoe!

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