IMDb Top 250: #228 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Director: J.J. Abrams
Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams
Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac

Three decades after the Empire’s defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Stormtrooper defector Finn and spare parts scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance’s search for the missing Luke Skywalker.

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12 years and 7 months. Going from middle school to a fully grown adult. This is the amount of time I have spent from I saw my last Star Wars film to the moment Disney released The Force Awakens. 12 years and 7 months I have imagined and wished for a new chapter. All blown away in less than 3 hours, from the moment I entered the cinema, until I got home. Maybe the biggest disappointment in my cinematic life.

For me Star Wars was more than just a movie series. I read almost all of the books of the Expanded Universe, before Disney decided to create their own story and erased it all. I knew the backstory, the lore, everything. I grew up adoring a vision that George Lucas had for this saga. And I saw it all go down the river when Disney released the movie.

I’m not going to talk about the main idea. If you want details regarding the plot, just look at A New Hope and add some steroids to it. And better effects. Disney decided to go and play it safe. They didn’t feel that the prequel trilogy was good enough for “the fans” (or market value) and so they decided “That for us to go for forth, we have to go back”, in the words of director JJ Abrams. So they went back to the first movie, remixed it a little, added some new special effects and they made a new one. They played on the nostalgia of the fans of the initial trilogy to create a new initial trilogy. This wasn’t about creating a proper movie or having a vision. It was all about hitting big at the box office. Say what you want about George Lucas, but he had a vision. Star Wars was his baby and he saw it in a way no one else could have. He dared to imagine something different for it, even if it wasn’t what the fans would have expected.

Don’t get me wrong, although I think this movie lacks vision, it is very well made. The acting, special effects, jokes and inner conflicts are all spot on. I think Harrison Ford delivered one of his best performances and they killed him at the end. They made him the Obi-Wan Kenobi of the initial trilogy, with more jokes and less of the Force in him. Another thing that I appreciated about the film is that they made it easy to understand for the newcomers. Even if it was for more revenue, it was still good to see new people enjoying the saga.

I’m not going to say anything else, because I think I made my point. If you are new to the series, than you should definitely see the movie. It has some of the original charm that made Star Wars amazing to begin with and it has all the modern technology to make it spectacular. But if you are like me, hoping to see a vision to where everything is going, then you will be disappointed.

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