It’s been a while since I have written something, but I just watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The Digital Fox team has grown so much in the last few months, and the quality of writing being put forward makes me a little hesitant as it tends to outclass mine. Nevertheless, I was glad to be given a chance to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens on its first day, and quite shamelessly have stolen this one from the other members of the team. Love you Digital Fox guys and girls, but I don’t even care.
You know what? I’m not going to include any pictures in this. I’m not going to give anything away. I’m just going to give you what you deserve; enough to be pumped for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
I could repeat every standard start of an article, talk about watching the originals hundreds of times, and it being a part of my childhood yadda, yadda, yadda. But I won’t – you all know that already.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in my opinion, is the BEST of the lot.
Gosh, did I actually just say that? Is it even legal to say that? HOW AM I SAYING THIS ABOUT A SERIES I HAVE LOVED FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS?
It’s hard work to produce a sequel to a classic (let alone three), but The Force Awakens uses the love of the originals to its’ advantage. It doesn’t play against it, or try to be different, but rather embraces it.
I’m writing an hour after watching it, and I am still buzzing. The nostalgia shock is real, and it gets more vibrant as the film goes on. Honestly, had this film been produced first, or amongst episodes IV, V, or VI it would be declared the best. The action sequences are frequent and beautiful, there’s enough randomness to avoid being predictable, and these sequences are broken up with high-quality storytelling with compelling conversations.
The humour is outstanding, short and snappy and enough to make you laugh, which is quickly stifled so you don’t miss the next Han Solo quip. The characters (especially the villains) are so relatable, so human. I would argue that Darth Vader, still the most perfect villain of all time, is actually a little less interesting than Kylo Ren.
The spiritual feel of Star Wars is there as well, and there’s no bloody mention of the medicholoreons, or however the hell you spell it. The audience isn’t pandered to, and not everything is explained; the last 30 years of history aren’t thrown at you, and it leaves you begging for more.
Harrison Ford is excellent. New stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley have great chemistry and were perfect castings. Adam Driver, as mentioned before, is fascinating as a villain. Oscar Isaac is the lovable, cocky, schoolboy brat on the right side of the force. This cast really is spot on.
The only possible grumble on my behalf is the two CGI characters, who I didn’t find too impressive. But important parts they have (sorry, everything is coming out Yoda in my head).
Just let those last couple of sentences go. I need to have something negative to say right?
There’s got to be some balance to this Force review. Honestly readers, this one will take you back, it will make you laugh and cry, make you crave for more and will not disappoint. It had to be brilliant. It had to be. And it’s not just brilliant. It’s even better.
This is the movie you deserve, and I just cried a little… that’s awkward. But seriously, watch it, then watch it again. Be that guy who sits on his own in the cinema to watch it a third time. Do it with pride. Hell, be the guy that dresses up as Darth Maul and strolls confidently down that bloody aisle to find his prepaid seat right back and centre of the cinema.
JJ really has awakened the force.