Star Wars Seven Succeeds

Posted on February 15, 2016 by


The expectations for Star Wars: The Force Awakens were incredibly high, so high that, if the movie reached them, it would have been a miracle. Ever since the first trailer was released in November 2014, the dedicated fans have analyzed every single detail and thrown themselves into every piece of new material. What many people seem to forget is that the anticipation was as high for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace sixteen years ago.

Thankfully, the new Star Wars movie wasn’t ruined by bad special effects, but rather the opposite. J.J. Abrams did as good of a job rebooting Star Wars, as he did rebooting Star Trek, or Christopher Nolan did with Batman Begins.

Abrams goes back to the original trilogy and drops the overly acrobatic light-saber fights from the prequels and doesn’t rely on just computer animations, but rather builds robots, like the beloved character BB-8. The airborne fights are in the new movie in daylight, instead of in space, to give them authenticity.

For the first time, the movie starts with a lot of blood, as a troop of storm troopers invade a village on the planet Jakku, where the audience is introduced to one of the main characters, Poe Dameron. This time, the stromtroopers actually seem kind of intimidating (maybe because they actually hit their targets from time to time).

This leads to the antagonist of the movie, Kylo Ren, and the First Order, who take their inspiration from The Empire and Darth Vader. Kylo Ren tries to act like Darth Vader, and tries to eliminate the little amount of light that’s still in there somewhere, acting like an intimidating bad guy, but his bad boy image is constantly ruined by his angsty, teenage-like, tantrums, where he takes his lightsaber and destroys his ship’s equipment (which is most likely worth several thousands of credits).

Our society’s progress is also shown in the movie, as many of the primary protagonists and antoganists represent gender and racial diversity that was, to some extent, lacking in the originals.

Characters from the original trilogy are also seen: Han Solo, who’s gone back to being a smuggler; Leia Organa, who is now the general of the resistance; and, Luke Skywalker, who has disappeared, which creates the plot of the movie.

All in all, it is a good movie. The beautiful cinematography, as well as its perfect tempo, make up for some cliché lines.

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