review: star wars: the force awakens

Live long and prosper, no wait that’s the wrong one….

December saw the release of Star Wars – The Force Awakens. Now for those of you who aren’t an avid fan and aren’t really sure where this film fits within the rest of the films, this is a sequel to Star Wars Episode VI  – Return of the Jedi (the third film that was originally released and saw the demise of Darth Vader).

After Return of the Jedi, 3 prequel films were released (Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Episode III – Revenge of the Sith) all which told the story of how Darth Vader came to be. Since Disney bought Lucasfilm (for a shit ton of money) they decided to build on the existing franchise with a continuation of the saga. Got it?

Synopsis: “ Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights. ” 

Verdict 4/5: As a huge Star Wars fan and having grown up watching the originals with my own father, the prequel trilogy was a disappointment. The Force Awakens carries the epic finale of Return of The Jedi into the universe and isn’t disappointing. There’s action, romance and the return of Chewbacca and Han Solo, who are now all on the hunt for Luke Skywalker. Albeit it is a good watch, including some fantastic special effects, the film does fall short with the storyline. For those who haven’t seen the original (Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope) you’ll have no issue following the storyline or the character stories. If you have, you will notice that the story is very similar to that of the original (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just a little repetitive).

You can read more about Star Wars – The Force Awakens here.

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