Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – 4/5

Filmed in a similar style as its predesors, with a brilliant cast and a plot that is good, yet sometimes a little too familiar, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will not fail to capture its long time fans, and create many new ones in the process. It is almost impossible to not compare this movie to previous Star Wars films, and so although this is a masterpiece on its own, after comparing it, it becomes the same movie with the same story. 

As always, the basic elements of Star Wars movies are there. The music, direction, and and special effects are flawless, and the cast, old as well as new, fit together perfectly. New appearances of John Boyega, Adam Driver, and Daisy Ridley, among many others, work with the original cast and leave a lot of room for success, plot twists, and character development. It truly becomes a bittersweet experience for those who are very familiar with the original trilogy. Why? Because everything is exactly the same. 

Spoilers ahead..

If you want to have an idea what The Force Awakens is about, watch A New Hope. The Force Awakens consists of a bigger Death Star, the empire and the republic (under different names), almost the same plot, scenes that are very similar to the previous movies, and the appearance of the same old ships, such as the Millenium Falcon. While these elements make the movie even more special for the fans, it lacks novelty. The new cast is not enough when they are playing the same plot we have seen before. It is a good movie, but it is not new.

Even though The Force Awakens lacks originality, it doesn’t disappoint and excels in every aspect.  J. J. Abrams brings back the essence of the original Star Wars movies and succeeds in delivering what fans wanted to see, but fails in showing us what we didn’t know we wanted. 

Learn more about the movie here: Rotten Tomatoes


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