Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

By Jarrod Hester, Movie Reviewer

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There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?

Well I have, and it’s probably an emergence of the highly anticipated new Star Wars film. The films’ release comes ten years after Revenge of the Sith (the last installment of George Lucas’ slightly disappointing prequels) and thirty two years from the concluding film of the original trilogy, Return of the Jedi.

For the record, the following review will contain no spoilers, therefore plot and character explanations will be left out.

Director J.J Abrams has apparently heard the idiom “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, because that is essentially the formula for The Force Awakens. The film borrows many elements from A New Hope but enhances them by utilizing the technological advancements of modern day society; this creates an even more successful production. The movie is magnificently filmed, with cinematography playing a key role in the effectiveness of particular scenes.

Success is initially accomplished with the use of character development and substantial actors to enrich the plot. The return of the original cast to portray Han Solo (Harrison Ford), his loyal first mate Chewbacca, and Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) is also a great implementation. It not only provides a cool nod to the foundation of the franchise, but creates an extensive volume of nostalgia overload for die-hard fans such as myself.

Yet, new additions such as the young protagonists Rey (Daisy Ridler) and Finn (John Boyega) are also strong characters whose back-stories and chemistry are remarkable as well as fun to watch. The cute and likeable soccer-ball resembling droid BB-8 and the unfamiliar planet of Jakku are also able to provide some originality and innovation.

Another successful feature of The Force Awakens is its portrayal of evil, a vital element of any Star Wars movie. Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren epitomizes everything a Star Wars villain requires.

While a long movie, the story flows well. It contains substantial action sequences supported by well-designed CGI (computer generated imagery) which keep the audience engaged. However, the storyline can be difficult to understand at times, particularly for those newly exposed to Star Wars. I would recommend watching the original trilogy before going to see it.

In conclusion, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a great film that I recommend to newcomers and old fans alike. Excellent action, gripping plot lines, and outstanding characters will leave audiences desperate for the next installment of the series which is set to release in 2017.
Until then, keep it here with the Bent Tree for all your favorite news and movie reviews!

May the odds be ever in your….I mean, may the force be with you!

Score: 8.5

Author: Bent Tree Staff

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