Movie Reviews: Star Wars: The Force Awakens




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     Disney (2 hrs. 25 min.)
     Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.
     John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis
Bottom Line:

Jon Rutledge

“Star Wars” is a beloved franchise and this new installment is being looked at as a test to see if the new management can deliver. The franchise has had a rocky existence with many viewers disappointed with the prequels. Some have argued that George Lucas’s total control ruined the collaborative flavor that a good film needs. Episodes IV, V and VI have been the gold standard that has to be met to be considered good.

This new installment does just that. Its strength of story, character and dialog make it an excellent foundation to build more stories on.  It has touch points to Episodes IV though VI that makes it blend into the franchise seamlessly. The character dialog is great and it has an excellent pace. Without slowing down the explosions and chases we get enough information about what has been going on in the universe.

There are a number of parallels to Episode IV but it doesn’t come off as derivative. This story is more of the continuation fans were hoping for.  I found myself falling in love with the franchise more now than I did when watching the prequels. I am just as excited as the nine-year old me standing in the huge line trying to get into see “Star Was Episode IV: A New Hope.”  It’s the cyclical struggle of maintaining balance in the Force that is really the underlying theme that drives all of these stories.  

J.J Abrams has again shown that he has just as much passion and understanding of the characters as the fandom. He’s done a great job of making something new while respecting the source material. At this point there is nothing that he does that would give me pause. He can be trusted with our most beloved stories. They are in good hands.

One of the best parts of this move is that you don’t have to be fan to really enjoy it. It’s a perfect movie that can be seen by its self it completes the story it’s trying to tell.  Being a fan you get a deeper understanding of the events and you can enjoy it on a much deeper level.  All I can say is the Force is strong with this one. 

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