Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Runtime: 132 Minutes
Starring: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley
Genre: Fantasy, drama
2.5 out of 5 Stars
What happened to originality? What happened to taking risks? It seems people have become complacent with rehashes and ripoffs of earlier films. Jurassic World was first, now it is Star Wars. Watching this film, I knew I saw it before. Star Wars The Force Awakens is essentially the same film as A New Hope in terms of plot structure and characterization.
The characters such as Rey, Poe and Finn are all woefully underdeveloped. They are rushed into star wars with such a sense of urgency that it becomes hard to develop an attachment to them. They have no development or meaningful characterization. Finn is just there to provide humor, Rey is a mary stu perfect female character with no flaws, Poe is just a good pilot. That is all we get from this film. There doesn’t seem to be any room for
any interesting character development from these characters. The only two characters who are decent were han solo and Chewbacca and that is due to their history in prior films. We get to see how they change and get a refreshing wave of nostalgia whenever they are on screen.
Kylo Ren is poorly handled and failed to be a credible threat. The way his character is structured, we understand that he is flawed but we cannot take him seriously because he behaves like a child. The movie should’ve shown his fall to the darkside so we can establish a connection with him beforehand. The fact that we see him act like a child now just makes him look pathetic. Captain Phasma is basically a one dimensional character no different than the average stormtrooper. Another failure there.
The lightsaber choreography is weak and lacks the so called, “intensity” that was advertised. There was an eloquence to the fights in the prequels, although the prequels were terrible films at least the fights were watchable. The kids in my backyard can could replicate that fight.
This film represents the death of imagination. The death of creativity. It does nothing new, and plagiarizes A New Hope. Star Wars is a franchise will so many possibilities for great stories. Look at the books or play the games like Knights of the Old Republic. To create something this shallow is a disgrace to star Wars. “Oh it is better than the prequels,” that isn’t hard to do. This is the safest movie I have ever seen and one of the most disappointing films I have ever seen. J.J. Abrams needs to stay away from this series.