Movie Review: Star Wars The Force Awakens

So you have heard all the fanboys, film critics and Sci-fi geek lovers who grew up with Star Wars talk about the film. With the record breaking numbers and people sleeping for days just to be the first in line for the premiere. The movie clearly is getting rave reviews. Why is my opinion different from most? I am actually NOT a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise. DOM DOM DOM!!!!

Are you still with me?  Ill give you a second to roll your eyes and shake your head in disappointment……..

Okay keep reading below.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am a movie geek. I am an 80’s kid. I grew up with these movies. So I have seen them all but the fandom never caught on with me. I saw them once and that was enough for me at the time. However when I saw this movie was going to come out and be directed by JJ Abrams. My interest grew a little more than curiosity. So what does a guy who doesn’t like the Star Wars franchise think of the latest entry…

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From an entertainment perspective the movie was good. Set aside all the nostalgic moments that clearly throughout the movie, with stars from the previous films, the soundtrack, the animated transitions to the next scene, the light hearted humor. All of that was there. However this film still brought new things to the table. The new characters and stories that took place were great. So anyone can really see this movie. Of course the feels you get when you have seen them all create a different experience but ANYONE not familiar with the previous movies can still follow and be entertained. I was able to keep up with the story thus far not remember all that went on in the previous ones.

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BB-8 the new android in the center of it all.

Let me just say that the best thing I took from this movie were the compelling characters brought into the fold with this new story. The two leads Rey, A scavenger with hope and a good heart, played by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, a former StormTrooper who wants out of the minion business are interesting from the start. You will fall in love with these characters right away. I know I did. Then what brings them together is BB-8 the new android added to the Star wars family. Once together they are stuck in the middle of a war that has been going on between The Republic, led by General Leia and The Resistance against the First Order. First Order is a group that formed from the ashes from the Empire. 

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Harrison Ford’s Han Solo and Chewbucca (Chewie) are back for another mission.

Over all the movie was entertaining. JJ Abrams has this way of bringing characters to the screen that you actually give a crap about. Even if the story is simple or cliche’ he still makes you care for the people he is directing. He brought in some great action shots and a couple but not a lot laugh out loud moments. This is a two hour plus movie so make sure to get a medium drink instead of a large one. This movie i will say has the potential to be a little disappointing to hardcore fans. Only in the sense that this movie is set up for another trilogy (of course) and this movies plot basically is New Hope Episode IV all over again. I wish this movie wasn’t in 3D. I loved that it was in Imax but the 3D was not necessary in my opinion. Wear your contacts if you wear glasses so you don’t wear two pairs of eye wear at the same time. It was great to see some old faces from the original cast and to see the happy and excited faces in the theatre. I can’t tell you how easy it was to get people applauding and cheering. I love movie experiences like that.

+1 compelling and kept my attention
+1/2 Okay script. A little dull in the middle. Repeated storyline
+1 loved the acting. Fun, lighthearted, believable.
+1 Definitely recommend this to be seen on the big screen
+1 Worth watching again only if you see things you didn’t see before and to re-watch for the sequels.

Total points = 4 1/2 out of 5

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