Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

We're back to a galaxy far, far away in J.J. Abrams's rousing, pitch-perfect triumph—a feast of nostalgic blockbustering.

Not only expert homage for the fans but a first-rate, energized piece of mega-Hollywood adventure, the hugely anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens stirs more to life than just the Force. The rollicking, space-opera spirit of George Lucas’s original trilogy (you can safely forget the second trio of cynical, tricked-up prequels) emanates from every frame of J.J. Abrams's euphoric sequel. It’s also got an infusion of modern-day humor that sometimes steers the movie this close to self-parody—but never sarcastically, nor at the expense of a terrific time.

The wheel need not be reinvented: Virtually every plot point and action beat comes from 1977’s Star Wars or 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back (you even get a dormant lightsaber shivering in the snow), yet that’s perfectly fine when the vigor is this electric. Life is still a drag on arid desert planets like Jakku, where scrappy Rey (Daisy Ridley, a strong-jawed find) sells scavenged parts of old battle destroyers. Crash-landing onto her world is Finn (John Boyega), a Stormtrooper shocked out of his violent path serving the evil First Order by an impulse to do the right thing. On the run, they hijack the decrepit Millennium Falcon—“The garbage will do,” says Rey in the first of many exhilarating reveals—and take off toward a radicalizing destiny in the Resistance.

Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8), a master mimic unafraid to revive Lucas’s old-school wipes and frame-gobbling spaceships, brings a light touch to the performances: There’s better acting in The Force Awakens than in all the Star Wars movies combined. BB-8, a whirling soccer-ball-like droid that plays like WALL-E’s mouthier cousin, might be best of the bunch—he’s a new high for cinema’s expressive machines (and a nod to Lucas’s love for gearhead invention). Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher bring unexpected pathos to roles they sometimes used to drift through. The graying hair helps.

But once again, a black-clad villain steals the show: Mystical Dark Sider Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) wears the robes, face-obscuring helmet and ferocious demeanor of you know who, with a distorted basso bark that actually improves on the breathy squawk of James Earl Jones. Fortunately, the actor gets to do more than menace, steering the movie toward a heartbreaking scene of personal confusion that plays like a franchise high. Elsewhere—and hilariously—the film is crammed with those effete British-accented middle managers, gulping down fear in his presence. Quibblers who can’t recognize a labor of love will point to the same old fascism: a bigger Death Star, a scummier cantina. But it’s wonderful to be back at the bar.

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By: Joshua Rothkopf

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Release details

Rated:
PG-13
Release date:
Friday December 18 2015
Duration:
135 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
J.J. Abrams
Screenwriter:
J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt
Cast:
Harrison Ford
Lupita Nyong'o
John Boyega
Oscar Isaac
Mark Hamill
Carrie Fisher
Adam Driver
Daisy Ridley

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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WOW!! JJ did it again. After reinvigorating the Star Trek franchise and take it to a new level, he has done it again with this, let's call it, reboot. I have been waiting 32 years for the continuation of the Return of the Jedi. 32 years! And JJ delivers. The prequel was like a spin off, no comparison. Originally George Lucas said he always wanted to create 3 trilogies. Then he gave up and said he would only do the first 2 trilogies, but now, thanks to Disney (Disney!) and JJ Abrams we have the final trilogy. Well, at least the first installment. It was like being 12 again. John Williams score is still as fresh and great today as it was in 1977. The themes are similar to the original trilogy and run much closer to George Luca's original idea of the Star Wars' universe than the prequel. No spoilers, there are surprises, twists, familiar faces, and a lot of action. The Millennium Falcon is back! The characters have grown older and wiser. And the newcomers are superb. Well acted throughout; well written with bits of comedy here and there. I can't, can't, wait for the next one!!! Like any other middle age (really?!) fan my expectations were huge and I was not disappointed. Go, run, find the movie theater and watch it! Now! Seriously, stop reading this and go!!

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WOW!! JJ did it again. After reinvigorating the Star Trek franchise and take it to a new level, he has done it again with this, let's call it, reboot. I have been waiting 32 years for the continuation of the Return of the Jedi. 32 years! And JJ delivers. The prequel was like a spin off, no comparison. Originally George Lucas said he always wanted to create 3 trilogies. Then he gave up and said he would only do the first 2 trilogies, but now, thanks to Disney (Disney!) and JJ Abrams we have the final trilogy. Well, at least the first installment. It was like being 12 again. John Williams score is still as fresh and great today as it was in 1977. The themes are similar to the original trilogy and run much closer to George Luca's original idea of the Star Wars' universe than the prequel. No spoilers, there are surprises, twists, familiar faces, and a lot of action. The Millennium Falcon is back! The characters have grown older and wiser. And the newcomers are superb. Well acted throughout; well written with bits of comedy here and there. I can't, can't, wait for the next one!!! Like any other middle age (really?!) fan my expectations were huge and I was not disappointed. Go, run, find the movie theater and watch it! Now! Seriously, stop reading this and go!!


If you haven't seen The Force Awakens yet, get on it!!! I saw it multiple times in the theaters. You'll notice new things each time you see it. Amazing acting, cinematography, special effects, script, everything. Fans old and new won't be disappointed.


After watching Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I made myself a pact that I would NEVER get excited about any sequels of my childhood favorite films (I left the cinema nearly in tears because I was so disappointed). Even with all the insane reviews that The Force Awakens was receiving, I still was hesitant.


Luckily, however, JJ Abrams absolutely nailed it with The Force Awakens. There was a perfect balance between the nostalgic and the new, meaning that old-school audiences could enjoy and appreciate, as well as new audiences. The film does follow a similar storyline to A New Hope, and is just as epic in terms of storyline and plot development. Abrams has given me hope that remakes can actually be just as incredible as the originals, and for that, I owe him BIG TIME.


The Force Awakens is a great Star Wars movie and it feels good saying that. It's way way better than the prequels and Return of the Jedi. It's absolutely worth seeing.

P.S. Here is something for those people who are going to spoil this movie for others. "Those attempting to spoil Star Wars for others, know that it's the most attention you'll likely receive in life". - Quote by Chris Stuckmann


Overall I did enjoy the movie very much.  Reminded me a lot of the original trilogy (a little too much at times), and the blend of practical and CGI was much preferable to the overdone CGI of the terrible prequels.  Really enjoyed the new characters Rey, Poe, and Finn, and I really loved seeing the reintroduction of all the old characters.  Had a few very minor complaints about certain characters being a little too "perfect" at times, although this might be explained in the sequels.    Can't wait to see what else the new movies and spin offs will have in store.  Definitely recommend to hardcore fans and casual fans alike.  


Whether you're a die hard fan (before it was cool to be) or have just jumped on the bandwagon, this is a thoroughly enjoyable movie that everyone can enjoy. I was so amazed at the different ages in the cinema, ranging from two little girls behind me that were about 4 and 6 who knew more about every character than me, to an elderly couple that looked just as excited. It is a rare film that can truly be cross generational, and it is no wonder to see why. From beginning to end I was completely immersed in the characters and storyline and was on the edge of my seat with anticipation. The humor and visual aesthetic feel nostalgic and true to the original films, but also fresh and original. Worth seeing in the cinema for the full effect! 


A must-see, even if you do not like SF. The story has become universal and there is something in it for everyone. The director did a tremendous job by lifting this unprecedented sequel to yet another level. It outplays any other sequels, like James Bond, because it is a true sage reflecting the development of different personalities, human, robotic or alien alike.

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WHAT A RETURN TO THE SERIES!!


Honestly, if you liked Star Wars at all, you will love this. And if you don't even know what Star War is, you will love this as well. The movie was made with so much love for its predecessors, honoring everything about the franchise while injecting new life into it. The new characters are perfectly cast; Daisy Ridley is the best part of it all, creating a character that you cannot help but root for. Cannot wait to see what's in store for Rey and company!

If you like anything awesome, go see this now!!!