The force awakens

‘Star Wars’ withstands the test of time

Written by | Dakota Kessler |

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the biggest movie of last year, has grossed a total of just more than $2 billion. The Force Awakens opened Dec. 18, and in the two months it’s been in theaters, it has completely surpassed some of the top-grossing movies of the century. The movie follows the events of Episode VI and what happened to Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. We soon realize that a new villain has risen up and formed the New Republic — much like the Empire before it ­— and the Resistance must stand up to them. Kylo Ren is a great villian when he is wearing his mask. I’m not saying that Adam Driver is not a great actor or has a bad looking face, but when he takes the mask off, it makes that scene very lackluster. He looks like a member of a ’90s boy band and comes off like a whiny brat who’s not getting his way.
The new heroes, Finn, Rey and Poe Dameron, are awesome additions to the series.

Poe Dameron is not in the movie much, but Oscar Isaac brings an incredible energy to the character, and his comedic timing is dead on. He just might be the next Han Solo, and hopefully in Episode VIII, he will be around more. Finn, played by John Boyega, starts his journey in an interesting way. He grows exceptionally through the movie and becomes one of the best characters. Out of all the new characters, the best has to be Rey. Daisy Ridley is lovable and brings a charm to the role, and she is a strong female protagonist. It is cool to see the older characters return once more. It is surprising to see Han Solo and Chewbacca get bigger roles acting as mentors to Finn and Rey.


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Princess Leia is now a general in the Resistance, and Carrie Fisher has a commanding presence. And Luke, well, I’m not going to spoil that for those who have not seen it, but he plays a very important role in the movie. You can see J.J. Abrams’ unique movie-making skills shine through the film while also keeping the appeal and feel of the original Star Wars films. Some things were shot using practical effects, and others with CGI, but they come together nicely, not like the Star Wars Special Edition DVDs, where you can tell George Lucas just threw CGI into the older films for no particular reason.

Stormtroopers in this film are more intense and come off as less goofy than in the previous. One stormtrooper who specifically stands out is FN-2199, or by his meme name, TR-8R. His saber battle with Finn is one of the more memorable fights in the movie. Captain Phasma, the female captain of the First Order, is not in the film much. She appears in three scenes total and actually is defeated like a punk. All in all, Star Wars:The Force Awakens is an incredible movie that fits perfectly into the canon. If you haven’t seen it, you need to, and look forward to the coming attractions to the Star Wars movies until 2020

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