Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie reviews

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Film Review – Feel the Awakening

Verdict: The Force is strong with this one.

"Chewie, we’re home."

This simple dialogue by Han Solo perfectly describes the feeling of watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The latest installment of the iconic franchise will take you back to the good ol’ days, when you first visited the galaxy far, far away… in more ways than you might have imagined.

Set thirty odd years after Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens takes us back to a galaxy on the verge of a battle. With Luke Skywalker nowhere to be found and the First Order on the hunt, things look bleaker than ever. But when Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) stumble upon BB8, a droid that may hold the key to finding Skywalker, they find themselves thrown into the rebellion.

It would’ve been easy for a film like this one to play up the nostalgia factor and break box office records. However, The Force Awakens proves that it doesn’t need to rely on nostalgia. That’s not to say that the film ignores it completely. Between trash compactors and bad feelings, there’s plenty of references to keep purists happy.

Fortunately, though, that’s far from all the film offers. Director J.J. Abrams also adds cutting-edge visual effects and brilliantly sketched-out characters to the mix. 

It also helps that these characters are portrayed by actors who are just as good as the original trio. Daisy Ridley is remarkable as the troubled yet badass scavenger, Rey. She pours her heart into her character, and it shows, making Rey the Disney princess the 21st century deserves. Her performance is matched, if not rivalled, by John Boyega. The newcomer shines in his portrayal of a stormtrooper gone rogue (well, for a stormtrooper), and adds the perfect amount of comic relief to the film. Adam Driver, who plays Kylo Ren is a worthy successor to Darth Vader. However, we do wish his character was surrounded by a little more mystery.

As for the original trio, it is just great to see them back on screen. You’ll be hard pressed not to cheer when you first see Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca on screen. The same can be said for Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, though the latter only makes a brief appearance. At times, Harrison Ford does seem to phone it in, but the irresistible Han Solo charm makes up for it.

We could go on forever, if we discussed everything we loved about The Force Awakens. But that doesn’t mean the film is perfect. Though we love the references to the original trilogy, it’s hard to ignore the glaring similarities between the latest installment and A New Hope. This doesn’t take away from the fact that the film is exhilarating and entertaining. However, it does make you wonder where the line is drawn between a reboot and a remake.

All things considered, though, The Force Awakens is a stellar addition to the most iconic film franchise of all time. J.J. Abrams blends the old and the new to create an epic melange that is equally enjoyable for die-hard fans and newbies to the Star Wars universe.

Why You Should Watch this Movie:
Arguably the franchise’s best film since The Empire Strikes Back, The Force Awakens takes a timeless story and adds cutting-edge visual effects and a dash of nostalgia to go. We guarantee you won’t be able to watch it just once!