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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I must warn all the readers, before embarking on reading this review of the brand new instalment to the Star Wars franchise, I am a huge fan. So while there is that bias of me being a fan, I will not let it cloud my judgement of “The Force Awakens”.

However it is incredibly hard for me not to praise this film as it absolutely blew my tiny mind apart.

Taking place 30 years after the events of the last instalment, “Return of The Jedi”, “The Force Awakens” revolves around Rey (Daisy Ridley); a scavenger from the planet Jakku, and Finn (John Boyega); a former Stormtrooper who abandons his post within the evil First Order to join Rey on a mission to return a BB unit to Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) so that precious information regarding the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) can be returned to the new strand of rebels, The Resistance. With some help of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), Rey and Finn battle against the vicious Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in order to prevent the First Order from taking the BB-8 unit and the location of Skywalker.

People who have NOT SEEN this movie and DON’T want anything SPOILED you can stop reading now.

The Force Awakens is the justice that the franchise has been gasping for since 1999. Without a doubt, this film is a massive success for both the fans and the critics alike. The Force Awakens is brilliantly paced, it doesn’t drag at all with the more talkie scenes as the dialogue is light and straight to the point usually leading to a more exciting scene. Even though the pace moves along fairly quickly, it feels necessary due to the amount of establishing of the new main characters and re-establishing of the situations of the old guard. The plot takes a lot from the original trilogy, mainly A New Hope, with its general structure which may dampen the experience for some as it does lean heavily on those similarities. However, in my opinion, if Mr Abrams had taken it in a hugely different direction with no call backs to previous episodes it may not have been as good.

The twists in the story are very well constructed, and extremely well-acted. During the scene where Han Solo confronts his estranged/evil son Kylo Ren, Han attempts to bring him back to the light side. Both Ford and Driver are superb in this seen, Driver was so good he actually managed to convince me that he would turn back. But it was all just a hoax, as Ren was merely buying time and evidently kills Solo.

Look, I could go on for another 400 words and then some, but a film like this is hard to comprehend in one review. The Force Awakens is a fantastic piece of cinema in all aspects such as the cinematography and the direction from J. J. Abrams. He has set up a good start to this new trilogy story ark and it will be interesting to see where the next two episodes go with it.