R2D2 suddenly wakes up, applauded by fanboys

Antonio Gamez
Co-Editor in Chief

What hasn’t been said about Star Wars already? People love it, people hate it, and then there are those in between. Most modern adaptations and sequels and reboots aim to satisfy every audience, and The Force Awakens is one of the few films that does just that.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the start of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, taking place 30 years after Return of the Jedi. The shrunken Rebel Alliance continues to wage battle against evil in the galaxy, this time taking on The First Order. Two outsiders of this battle – a scavenger named Rey (Daisy Ridley), and former Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) – are caught in the mix while fulfilling a larger quest.

The Force Awakens is the most fun I’ve had seeing a film in theaters since Marvel’s The Avengers. The film has everything a true sci-fi blockbuster needs: a passion for space, vast action sequences, strange characters, a simple story, and then some.

When Disney brought the Star Wars franchise, they decided to open a new field of mythology for the films, as opposed to using whatever books, comics, and video games came before. Everything that we are introduced to is quite fascinating. The Star Wars universe has changed drastically, as we know what changes have occured while also having questions that qualify for discussion. I personally enjoy films that are open-ended for speculation.

Of course we’ll get references and tributes to the previous films, though these are used in a way that mostly benefits the story. Rather than slamming the main stars of the Original Trilogy into the film for the sake of screen time and fan service, the story knows when to include them.

While I don’t hate the prequels (Revenge of the Sith was decent), that doesn’t speak for the common opinion. Sure, the Star Wars franchise has remained popular over the years, but making a sequel to a film that was released over 30 years ago is a lot to take in. Let’s not forget that the prequel series ended in 2005.

In other words, The Force Awakens has the job of resolving the mistakes of the past, and those efforts are somewhat noticeable. Iconic character nostalgia aside, many elements that made the original trilogy so fascinating are heavily depended on. In a way, it’s not a huge burden, and those efforts aren’t poor efforts either.

The plot for The Force Awakens also makes some questionable decisions that make you wish the opposite occurred, though these are specific nitpicks.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not only the redeemer of its successful film series, but it’s what I call an “Everyone Film.” Whether you follow the franchise or not, The Force Awakens has something anyone could enjoy.

Rating: 4/5

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is rated PG13 for Sci-Fi Action Violence.

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