Last night I saw The Force Awakens at a private screening. I was on the edge of my seat when the craw began. Luke as vanished!
Now I really liked the film, I thought that this film was a huge improvement to the prequels. I thought the old and new cast did great. Adam Driver was terrifying as Kylo Ren, who spoiler is Ben Solo. He was the best of both the dark side of Vader, and the childish personality of Anakin. He was hands-down the best person in the film.
The story is almost a shot by shot remake of a New Hope in some ways. Where a droid is carrying important information to the resistance, that was left by a hero who was captured, by a dark force warrior, only to be rescued by a person dressed as a stormtrooper. Then The robot meets a person on a dessert planet that’s a good fixer-uper. Then they meet up with Han Solo and Chewe. Also the bad guys have created a giant death machine to blow up planets, only to have its shields lowered and have a small area exposed to attack, then the character who is the mentor to the fixer-uper dies at the hands of the dark warrior. The fixer then uses the power of the force to stop the bad guy.
Sounds pretty similar, but it works for this story.
Much how the first films had their own style, because of the different directors, The Force Awakens is very much a JJ Abrams film. Except no lens flairs everywhere, thank the maker. Oh and 3PO says that in the movie…like in Ep 4.
As we learn pretty early on into the film, Kylo Ren is Han and Leia’s son Ben. Ben was Luke’s padawan in the new Jedi Order. However Ben, being much like Vader, was easily manipulated by the dark side of the force. So he killed all the Jedi’s, and Luke being ashamed of what his nephew and padawan had done goes into hiding. After all that Han and Leia go their separate ways.
Then years later the new rebellion is fighting the new empire called “The First Order”. They dropped the whole clone army thing and now they steal babies from families. Thus giving them a serial name and a job as ether a soldier or as a worker.
The main character in this film is Rey, who is most likely Luke’s daughter. As we see in a force flash that after Kylo Rne killed all the Jedi’s Rey was left on Jakku to live with Max Von Sydow, who we say in the beginning of the film get killed by Kylo Ren. By theory is that Ren killed Luke’s wife, and to hide Rey from the darkside, much how Obi-Wan did for him, he left her in the hands of an old friend to raise her and keep her safe.
The reason I believe this is because Rey as a natural talent for piloting and fixing stuff, much like a young Luke. I think Han can tell that there is something familiar about Rey when she’s on the Falcon fixing stuff. Also the way Leia looks at her, its if she knows the truth (because of the force).
Now lets get to the part I know everyone is talking about. The over use of Fan Service obviously!
We have Fin telling Poe, “This is a rescue mission!”
While on the Falcon we see the training ball Luke used to guide the force, and the video game Chewe and 3PO were playing.
Now Han does say, “I have a bad feeling about this.” But thats OK, its said in every star wars film.
When Han and Fin capture Cap. Phasma Han asks if there’s a trash compactor they can throw her in…you know like in the first film.
Ok, Ok…to the real thing everyone is talking about. The death of Han Solo. Now when Kylo aka Ben kills his father I said, “You Son Of A Bitch!” I knew it was going to happen the way the scene was set up. But when it happened….YOU SON OF A BITCH! That was a moment that both the screenwriter and Ford have been waiting to do since Jedi, and it was done well…and by well I mean heartbreaking.
This film in my opinion is not for young children, there is a lot of death and violence in this film, and even I a 27 year-old man child got nightmares from the film.
So if your a fan of the saga you’re really going to enjoy this film, and if your now a fan you will also enjoy the film because its an epic film!