Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Star Wars Review

Sunday I saw the movie that has been the talk of the world since it was announced that Disney had the rights and was going to make it. The story was written by J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, and Michael Arndt. Along with George Lucas's characters and J.J. Abrams directing, the phenomenon that is Star Wars was reinvented yet again. WARNING: This may contain spoilers!

I have grown up watching Star Wars. I have always liked it. I remember seeing the prequels in the early 2000s and I am so glad to have a new Star Wars for my generation. The new story brings back Han, Leia, and Luke with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill back to revive the roles. Along with those three from the original cast, there is also Chewie, C3PO, and R2D2. It was good to see those faces again.

Along with the old comes a new cast as well. In the very beginning, we are introduced to the best pilot in the resistance Poe Dameron played by Oscar Isaac. Next we turn to a stormtrooper who is having second thoughts about his duty. His name is FN-2187 but once he escapes the first-order, Poe decides to call him Finn and he is played by John Boyega. In the same scene that introduced these two characters, we were also introduced to the villain of the movie. 

Kylo Ren is a lightsaber wielding, masked figure who is portrayed by Adam Driver. The movie wastes no time letting the audience get to know this character. Instead of finding out a whole movie later that the villan is the father of the hero, in this case we find out most of Kylo Ren's backstory in the very movie he is introduced. We learn through out the movie that Kylo Ren is an old apprentice of Luke's. He turned to the dark side and now assists the first order in serving their leader Snoke. We also learn that Leia and Han are his parents, and also unlike the original trilogies, He takes his mask off to reveal himself to our next new character.

Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, is the heroine of this story and we know very little about her history. We know that she lives on the planet Jakku by herself and that she is waiting for someone. It's is very much implied that the people she is waiting for is her family who left her there when she was very young. She knows how to handle herself and is not afraid to take action. We see this right off the bat when she saves BB-8 from a teedo near where she lives. The introduction between Rey and this little droid is when the story really begins to take off. This movie was very well casted and the acting was very well done and J.J. Abrams had a really great vision for this script and story. He really set up for stories to come, though Abrams won't be returning to direct the others.

The millennium falcon is the main transportation for the heroes like before and there are a lot of moments that made you remember the older trilogy which is what made Star Wars so great. This was definitely a new story with a lot of surprises. It was something that made me really excited to watch what happens next and that is what I remember feeling when I watched the other episodes. The music was the classic music you hear through out the franchise but there was new music too. They really did good in holding off on the original music until it made sense to play it. One instance of this is the triumphant Jedi tune that was heard when Luke's iconic blue lightsaber was brought back into the scene. 

Overall I was very impressed with this movie. I really had my doubts. I will admit that the fear of too much CGI was a worry as well as the acting, but this story was very funny and action packed and there was never a moment that I got board watching. The original trilogy was made with less CGI and more sets and puppets and they definitley went back to that with this movie. It really revived the series instead of using too much CGI and making it look unbelievably cheap. 

I'm really happy with the outcome of this movie and can't wait to see where the rest of this story goes for Star Wars. I give this movie a 4.25 out of 5 stars.