In what is now our most anticipated review of the year, we got the check out the highly anticipated sequel to The Return of the Jedi!
Dublin came alive for Star Wars last night as it premiered the major blockbuster in midnight fashion along with a certain Spire lit up like a giant Lightsaber! This will be a NON-SPOILER review so no need to worry about major plot points being ruined!
The Force Awakens tells a new story thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire in Return of the Jedi, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and his army of the First Order as they hunt the galaxy for their secret whereabouts! As the Dark Side is at every turn, the faith of the galaxy lands on the shoulders of two unaware characters Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) and they are suddenly thrown into a barrage battles which will take them across every corner of the galaxy!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the best Star Wars film since 1983. Kicking the prequels in the ass (twice), TFA is exactly what the fans have wanted for 10 years and then some! The visual and practical effects are absolutely stunning and breathe a breath of fresh air with little to know green screen use – that was clearly overused in the prequel trilogy! This in itself, is a character, as I found myself paying full attention to the background of each scene as it really did come to life.
The story sets up a whole new world (and trilogy) while being extremely faithful to the original trilogy but without relying on it too much. We do get various respectful throwbacks which went down extremely well.
The very famous story crawl which blasted onto the screen gave me overwhelming chills and may also be the best screen crawl of the franchise by far. Within seconds of reading the first line, you will be hooked! Trust me!
With a new story we get new characters! Straight into the mix, we meet Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, who is a lone scavenger on the desert planet of Jakku where she waits in hope for the where her family will return. Daisy Ridley knocks it out the park – bringing tremendous star power in her first ever major movie role is quite something. Giving off a very Luke Skywalker type of character, Rey is a sight! Her character steals the show in scenes and is shows she can hold her very own up against some Star Wars Legends!
A worthy note is the new droid BB-8! If you were worried he would be too cute compared to a certain Gungan, it’s not! The little droid is a bad ass!
We are also met with Finn – a First Order Storm Trooper – who feels compelled to leave his post and help stop the Dark Side from taking full control of the Galaxy!
John Boyega lets off a total charm bomb throughout! Quick on his toes and willing to give it all – he brings Finn to life in every scene! Especially those in the more action based! Boyega is a character in himself and he really gave it his all! We can’t wait to see more of him throughout!
Oscar Isaac plays probably the coolest character to grace the SW screen since a certain smuggler – playing Poe Dameron the best fighter pilot in the rebellion, Isaac brings a certain charm to the role! Without being cocky Dameron knows he must get the job done! Isaac is absolutely on his A Game throughout and it comes off exceptionally! There is plenty more to come in the mix for this pilot!
Now what would a Star Wars film be without a certain few Darker Characters?
Our very own Irish born and bred Domhnall Gleeson portrays General Hux who is in charge of the overall handling of The First Order. He brings a menacing but yet cowardly approach to The First Order which worked really well and added an awesome new villain into the franchise!
Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie took on the role of Captain Phasma, the chief officer of the new and improved Storm Troopers (who by the way have now got a decent aim!) Christie brings a strong presence to the screen – but in places I felt she may have been under used! I personally hope to see her in future adventures but only time will tell!
Now here is a character, we personally feel stole the show! Kylo Ren, played by the highly talented Adam Driver! Throughout the runtime Ren is at the helm of the story! Having a lot of the story based around him at the forefront! (NO SPOILERS!) Ren comes off as a very humanized-character driven villain with a very Vader feel! He was a delight to watch and that Lightsaber… worked!!
We think the most anticipated aspect of the new episode was the realization that a certain few original characters would make a return!
Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew and Carrie Fisher command the screen with their returning presence! The crowd at the midnight screening gave loud massive cheers and rightly so! TFA is very much their own film also! Especially for Han and Chewie – in each scene, they own it! It was an absolute delight to see them back in the SW franchise! They really did make us feel like we were kids watching the original trilogy! On a worthy note: they are now living legends in the galaxy!
How can we forget, the two characters we were ever introduced to in the SW World? It was an absolute delight to see them back! Fans will love it!
Okay, so you’re probably wonder if a certain Jedi Master is in the latest outing? and all we say to that is, yes..yes he is! (No.. Spoiler!)
J.J Abrams and co have truly knocked it out of the galaxy with The Force Awakens, successfully gelling the original trilogy fans with the new generation. It will make you feel every emotion and bring a screen to a roar and even silence it. With a few minor flaws, the emotional story mixed with delightful humor sets the bar for the next chapters in the franchise – with many questions going unanswered!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a visual and emotional treat and deserves one of the top spots in the franchise!
(Personal rating: 5/5)
Have you seen The Force Awakens? If so, remember to comment your NON SPOILER VIEWS in the comments! Nerd out!