Flash Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It has been years since we first got together; has it been decades already? Old friends who have seen and lived through so much together all these years. I remember when we first met; I was standing in a long line of people outside on a cloudless day. Though you were not native to the area we soon discovered we had things in common and became fast friends. Our conversations were never forced; in fact, we were comfortable enough to say anything because neither of us ever judged the other. Even when you were having father issues I was there for you. There were periods of time where we did not get to see each other. Remember when you went away to that remote place to find yourself? I will never forget when you found out you had a sister; you were over the moon. When I look back at the times we spent staring up at the stars, wondering which ones looked like they were in the throes of death, we really have experienced a lot together. And like any close friendship, no matter how long it has been between visits, we pick up right where we left off as if we had just seen each other yesterday. There is a certain comfort that comes with our conversations. Though we view things with older and wiser eyes, I still see younger images of us whenever we talk. To tell you the truth, memories of our past years always accompany you so that I always get a sense of home whenever we meet.    THE years of peaceful harmony that followed the defeat of the Empire were about to be threatened from a new evil force called the First Order. Their plan involved the use of the dark side. This action adventure fantasy directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Star Trek franchise) had the perfect balance between the past and present. Not that someone unfamiliar with the past Star Wars movies needs to see all of them, but it would help with some of this film’s humorous dialog. With relative newcomer Daisey Ridley as Rey, Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year, Ex Machina) as Poe Dameron and Adam Driver (This is Where I Leave You, What If) as Kylo Ren; I can say with certainty the franchise has been placed in capable hands. These three actors especially Daisy were powerful on screen. Is the story perfect; no, I do not believe so. I found a few parts to be a rehash from past films. There were also some scenes that shared a similarity with past ones. However, the overall movie viewing experience was really special. The entire audience acted and reacted in identical ways, from cheering at the unbelievable battle scenes to the sly remarks from past cast members. As a stepping stone for a new story arc, this picture will fulfill many viewers’ hopes and dreams. Things look good for a new force to take fight.

 

3 1/2 stars for Star Wars fans       3 1/4 stars for everyone else

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on December 21, 2015, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

  1. Excellent exposition on where we all enter and exit. the part about her and her needs, and your help with those needs.

  2. Oh wow YAY!!! I am so glad for this positive review and cannot WAIT to see it! (I didn’t want to stand in the opening lines but will see it before it exits our town.) I totally grew up on the original Star Wars movies (Which is confusing to modern day kids because they say episodes 1, 2, and 3 sucked, but I think of the first 3 as the first three Star Wars movies in chronological made order, which were really the stories from episodes 4, 5, and 6.) Ahh the confusion!

  3. My 11 years old son think that Star Wars are kind of cool. He get to learned to know that film(s) from our older generation and the more he think that Mommie is cool. I felt cool and hillarious to find that two different generations together seeing this. We both have to wait for the weeks to settle and then we can go off to the cinema. It was fully booked and there are too many commotion of which I really do not like.

    I think my son and I will cry together watching this because it will be the ONE most wonderful moment which he will holds until the day he´s older.

  4. Glad to see you liked the film. I too was a huge fan of it. The open titles gave me goosebumps like I never anticipated.

    I can imagine this will create a new generation of fans, and you can’t say fairer than that really.

    Keep up the good work with your reviews, always a fan.

    • It is a pleasure meeting you; thank you for stopping by to leave your comments. I am so happy you enjoyed the film too. There not only are going to be sequels, but the studio plans on spinning off characters into their own films. If they are good as this one then I am ok with it.

  5. We are massive SW fans in our household so we had to see this movie in the cinema. We loved it! I think the best thing about the movie is the approach of basically ignoring that the prequels existed, avoiding the failings of those movies, and recapturing the magic of the original trilogy. I’m not a movie reviewer but I felt compelled to blog about our cinema trip – https://pictinpa.wordpress.com/2015/12/21/the-force-awakens-no-spoilers/

  6. Good stuff. Things definitely look good going forward. I loved writing about this film because Abrams did so much that surprised me. Can’t wait to see where we go now that a solid groundwork is in place.

  7. I love this movie! Great review. Can’t wait for the next one.👍

  8. This is such a fun movie review. I am so glad I took the time to visit your blog. I am developing on Wednesdays a Salon for the arts on my site and I am looking for contributors. If you are retired or over the age of 55, I would invite you to share your movie reviews at the Senior Salon in link this Wednesday.

    • It is a pleasure meeting you and I appreciate you taking the time to stop and visit, leaving your comments. Thank you for your kind words. Hopefully in the future I can contribute to your site.

  9. Star Wars made a triumphant return to the big screen. The burning question was if the start of the new trilogy would bring a new hope to fans who grew up watching the original trilogy and were left feeling empty following the prequels? I’m glad to say I agree with your review (thanks for designating the difference between SW fans and mainstream viewers). Being a lifelong fan with high expectations, I was pleased with the results. I left the theater with my fist firmly hoisted in the air. The saga is now in capable hands to move forward. The new cast was a breath of fresh air with just the right amount of classic characters. Also, I agree that the film featured elements that we’ve seen before. But that final scene…wow!

    While I can’t wait until Episode VIII in 2017, I’m glad that we’ll be treated to the first Star Wars Anthology film in December 2016. Rogue One, a standalone film, will tell the story of how the Rebels stole the original Death Star plans.

    • Thank you for your comments Bill; I appreciate your contribution here and especially the tidbit about Rogue One. Like you I cannot wait to see it and the future installments.

  10. I watched the movie the other day with my wife and children so I was very interested to get you take on it. Personally, I thought it was pretty good — perhaps my favorite Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back.

  11. I waited to read your review AFTER I saw the movie myself. I enjoyed the movie and think your review is perfect. There is enough of the old and the new here and many questions left open to keep you hanging on for more.

  12. Ok so I’ve seen this movie three times already and yes Id be more than happy to see it again. Basically the only thing I didn’t like about it is that my Dad wasn’t there to read the opening story scroll like he did when I was a kid. The first time I saw it I had shivers as soon as those 10 blue words came up on screen. I knew it was going to be a good one and it was. The second time I saw I actually absorbed it more than the first time round. It really did feel like the torch was being handed over to a younger generation of Star Wars heroes. I felt the story drew some similarities to New Hope but not enough to annoy me. I was thrilled at every turn. The third time I saw it I pod attention to more details in the background and enjoyed the experience just as much as the first two times. It easily won over eps 1 2 and 3 (I did like 3 a lot) but it still isn’t quite as good as the original 3 for me. I think that’s simply because the first 3 have so much sentimental value to me. My favourite thing about Star Wars when I was a kid (and now I’m an adult) is that my real name is Luke. When my Dad rings me he always says “Luke, I am your Father” haha. He’s not a Star Wars fan though so we don’t speak. Joke hehe. Great review. Great movie. 5 stars from me. I’m off to play with my Millenium Falcon I keep locked away from my children. It’s not a toy Dammit!! Its a relic.

    • Hey Luke, how cool to grow up with such a memorable name for the times and I laughed out loud about the way your father introduces himself to you on the phone. I am going to see this film again this weekend and I am just as excited. Thanks so much for sharing your Star Wars story here and I truly appreciate you not giving much away about the film. I did not have to edit any of your post. lol

  13. This was helpful for one who not seen the movie.

    Thank you.

  14. Thank you for your like
    See you soon
    Sheldon

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