‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ delivers everything you’d expect — and that’s the problem

Spoiler Alert! This evaluate doesn’t reveal any main plot twists, however wait to learn it should you’re attempting to remain in the darkish about the particulars and characters of the new film.

Star Wars followers lining as much as see The Force Awakens gained’t be dissatisfied. The truth is, they’ll get precisely what they expect.

And that’s the problem with the new Star Wars film — it follows the authentic trilogy’s playbook to a T, leaving little in the approach of mind-blowing moments.

To take us again and get new followers in the mindset, in fact J.J. Abrams wanted to have some nods again to the authentic trilogy. These set the stage and give the viewers some familiarity to get excited for what’s to return. However this nostalgia experience was on overdrive. The truth is, there have been so many parallels and comparable scenes harkening again to the first films, it was a bit ridiculous. At instances it felt like an inexpensive, simple ploy to tug the audiences’ heartstrings, and I completely despise it when a film does that.

Talking of not arising with something new, wow, is the First Order on repeat, or what? You’d suppose after a number of years and few adjustments of the guard, there can be some new stuff occurring with this regime.

Sadly, it is caught on the same-old, same-old. Certain, the Stormtrooper outfits are extra streamlined, the TIE fighters are somewhat extra smooth, however the Darkish Facet is basically counting on the very same expertise, theories and strategies to battle its warfare. Bor-ing.

The new characters are completely pleasant for the most half. The greatest standout was Daisy Ridley as Rey. Star Wars at all times had a robust feminine protagonist with Leia, however Rey is much more entrance and heart, with the scavenger character appearing quick and fearless all through. Scrappy doesn’t even start to explain Rey.

The movie additionally units up the subsequent battles between the Gentle and the Darkish Sides fantastically. Kylo Ren has the makings to be an outstanding villain, and Adam Driver is creepy and darkish sufficient to play him.

Ren differed a bit from Vader, nevertheless, exhibiting a bit extra humanity early on, which was an intriguing alternative since Vader was tremendous evil from the get-go. Will probably be fascinating to observe how the major wrestle between Rey and Ren performs out.

BB-8! I can’t say sufficient about this little robotic. Lovely! It’s superb how a lot emotion might be portrayed with robotics. This little droid supplied some much-needed comedian aid as nicely.

For those who love Han Solo and Chewbacca, you’re in for a deal with. They’re featured far more on this movie than I had imagined they might be. The truth is, I figured they’d get a short cameo and be executed, however no approach — Han and Chewie are again in combating model.

Lastly, let’s speak expertise, which is certainly one of the greatest characters in Star Wars. When wanting again at the authentic trilogy, it’s completely mind-boggling to know that they pulled off all these stunts, scenes, particular results and robotics with what they’d in the mid-’70s.

Watching this new one, Abrams places the newest movie technics to excellent use. Whereas I didn’t see it in 3D, everything was extra enhanced, vivid, colourful and intense with out straying an excessive amount of from the authentic sequence to be out of character, giving a pleasant trendy improve to the tech and surroundings.

However in the finish, all of it felt somewhat too contrived, somewhat too excellent — like Abrams had memorized the take a look at and knew everything he needed to know to make the film, however there was little creativity or innovation added to the piece. If this had been the SATs, he would have simply scored 1600, however his college essay can be a crushing bore to learn.

Selecting up the franchise, nevertheless, was a Herculean process, and in that regard, Abrams did an amazing job. He simply performed it somewhat too secure, attempting to maintain everybody comfortable. And whenever you’re attempting to please everybody, you don’t do your finest work.

I’m fairly curious to see what director Rian Johnson goes to do with Episode VIII. Like the finest movie of the total sequence, The Empire Strikes Again, I’ve a sense it’ll go to some very darkish locations.

All advised, you’ll be comfortable to take a seat in that seat for a pair hours with some previous associates — and you’ll like the new ones, too. And on your children, who might by no means have skilled the first go-round, will probably be fairly thrilling certainly.

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