Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens

Name: Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens
Year: 2015
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 135
Description: 30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire, Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, finds a BB-8 droid that knows the whereabouts of the long lost Luke Skywalker. Rey, as well as a rogue stormtrooper and two smugglers, are thrown into the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the daunting legions of the First Order.
Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

I never thought I’d be saying this, but I actually loved it.

The story was great and I’m not quite sure why I like this one so much better than the old trilogy. People wrote that it resembled the old ones more than the prequels, so maybe it’s just the old sound that takes most of the enjoyment away for me. Han Solo’s death was heartbreaking. Did they really have to kill the only good character of the old films? Why not Leia? She sounded as if she were at death’s door anyway. Here’s hoping she’ll kick the bucket in episode 8. I still don’t understand why all these bad guys insist on wearing voice-distorting masks, or why the dark side seems so much more tempting than the good one. You’d think the Jedi were doing something wrong in their training sessions. But I really liked Maz, so glad she’ll be returning in the next episode.

Writing film scores at the age of 83 is amazing and Williams is clearly still as good as ever too. Rey’s Theme, the Reistance… All great themes. And this is probably my favourite Star Wars finale so far.

NOTE: The first version of this mini-review was written before Carrie Fisher died. I wasn’t involved in that event either, by the way.


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