‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ review: The Force Is Strong With This One

Dec 31, 2015 by     Comments Off on ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ review: The Force Is Strong With This One    Posted under: Entertainment, Screenplay


“Chewie, we’re home.”

Get your Lighsabers ready. Star Wars, the saga with 7 episodes spanning over 38 years has graced our cinemas once more. In the 12 days since its release The Force Awakens has hit the billion dollar benchmark, making it the fastest climb in film history. Guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and gasp, The Force Awakens is as amazing, funny, spontaneous, wonderful and sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrilling as you (a star wars fan) would wish for it to be. if you have already watched the true beauty that is this movie, good for you! and if you haven’t…well its still okay! for you I’ll try to make this review as spoiler-free as possible (note: I said try).

If you’ve seen this movie as carefully as I did, you’ll notice how much The Force Awakens resembles Episode IV, A New Hope. The parallels between Episode IV and VII make this movie seem more of a remake disguised as a sequel. That’s not to mean the parallels are a bad thing, in fact these parallels are a good thing in my opinion. A mix of the old and new is just what a Star Wars fan needs when watching a new film of the sage a decade after the previous one. The feeling I felt walking into the theater and seeing the old-time words; “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…..” with the beautiful theme in the background gave me a sense of nostalgia like never before; like meeting a best friend after an incredibly long time.

If the new trilogy is going to continue to follow the old trilogy’s and prequel’s pattern, then I’m pretty sure one of our characters is going to be losing an arm in Episode VIII…but that’s just speculation. The parallels between Episode VII and IV worked great for now but for the sake of this brilliant saga I do hope this formula doesn’t stretch to the remaining two parts of the trilogy.

I won’t go into all the things that The Force Awakens borrowed from the old trilogy but you should definitely be surfing the internet to find out all the “Easter Eggs” present in this movie; my absolute favorite one being this one:

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Remember this guy from the movie ? He’s a Stormtrooper from the new non-clone programs. His serial number is FN2187. His name later changes to Finn. Do you think that’s a random number? think again…remember way back in A New Hope when Luke and Han have to rescue Lei from her cell on the Death Star? Guess what the serial number of Leia’s cell is ? that’s right it’s FN2187. Another cool Easter Egg is that if you listen closely at one point in the movie you can hear Yoda and Obi Wan Kenobi’s voice giving advice to the female lea, Rey when she’s having visions.

The main villain of the story, Kylo Ren has a ton of expectations thrust upon his black, cloaked shoulders since he happens to be the grandson of one of TV’s all-time favorite super villain i.e Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.



Now, I’m all praises for Anakin Skywalker or Darth Vader if you wanna refer to him by his post-turning-to-the-Dark-Side-name but since we’re not talking about the prequels I’ll have to refrain from defending Anakin. Star Wars is filled with villains that are cold, calculating and precise; Vader, the Emperor, Dooku, Maul—the Sith, they show no hint of emotion. The Force Awaken’s bad guy (who may have been Luke Skywalker’s Padawon) is the total opposite of that. Kylo Ren desires nothing more than following in the footsteps of his grandfather Darth Vader but he poses nothing of Vader’s precision. he is rash, impatient, sulky and just brimming with emotion. His new Trisaber sadly isn’t that great as i expected them to show it. That adds more to Ren’s personality, his emotions and conflicts since he made himself and it lacks perfection clearly.


We are introduced to 3 new characters in The Force Awakens and I could not have been more pleased with them. In fact I was so pleased I’m willingly to forgive J.J Abrams for that unbelievable twist in the middle of the movie (although reluctantly) the reason why I think that twist had to take place was to pave the way for the new characters. The original trilogy was about Luke , Leia and Han and whereas their appearances in the movie are spectacular and guaranteed to make you weep with nostalgia this new trilogy isn’t about them anymore at;east not that much, its more about Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron our 3 new characters and they should be allowed to shine without being overshadowed. They are an amazing trio and you’ll love them as much as you love Luke, Leia and Han.


Our original trio aren’t the only old faces we see. None other than Chewie, C3PO and R2D2 show up as well! That’s the real heartwarming scene.


You’ll even notice how each our 3 new characters resembles our original trio and its beautiful. I for one am very happy with what J.J Abrams had one with The Force Awakens. Star Wars trilogies have a history of repeating themselves and if the same is true for this new trilogy then maybe we’ll be meeting some more old faces in the upcoming episodes how cool would that be?!

I cannot emphasize how happy I am that the Star Wars saga has finally finally found the realization and common sense to include a female Jedi and Stormtrooper.

So go see The Force Awakens for some more Star Wars experience. And be very sure to keep your eyes and ears open to catch all the hidden Easter Eggs! If you’re a true Jedi then that shouldn’t be hard.




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