Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

By Sean Gardner

Some of my favorite movie going experiences have been related to Star Wars. In 1999, I remember going to see The Phantom Menace at the old one screen movie palace in my hometown. I remember the gasps from the audience when the second blade of Darth Maul’s lightsaber ignited. Then just 10 years ago, Revenge of the Sith, concluded the prequel trilogy. I can still remember getting the feels when Yoda fought the Emperor coming up out of the Senate floor. 

Now, The Force Awakens, introduces a new generation to the the ways of the force. In a way I am jealous of the 8-12 year olds who will see a Star Wars film for the first time. I grew up with Star Wars and I will never be able to have a “first experience” with Star Wars again. However, The Force Awakens is pretty close. 

This film is one of the most amazing cinematic experiences I have ever had. It is exciting. It is intense. It plays with my emotions in so many ways. It an elegant masterpeace that harkens back to a more civilized age of the original trilogy. It perfectly captures the essence of Star Wars: epic tales, mythology, strange creatures, power struggles, and family conflicts.

The Force Awakens perfectly blends the yes of practical and computer generated effects. The characters are deep and complex. Their motivations run deep into their past and hint at things to come. The most interesting character is Kylo Ren. His character arch, could’ve been taken right out of a Shakesperian tragedy. Adam Driver plays him perfectly cool, yet fearful. 

As expected from JJ Abrahms, the film began with many questions, some of them were answered. Some, thankfully, only led to more questions. 

It is safe to say that the future of Star Wars is in good hands. The anthology prequel Rogue One is only a year away. But for now, enjoy Episode VII because it deserves to be for generations to come. 

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