Sound Off: J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' - Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
December 17, 2015
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "The Force, it's calling to you. Just let it in." It's here!! It's time!! Lucasfilm and Disney present Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, now playing in theaters worldwide. The return of Han and Luke and Leia and Chewie and all of our old friends. But it's also an introduction to a new set of characters - Finn, played by John Boyega, as well as Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, and Poe Dameron, played by Oscar Isaac. On the bad side, there's Adam Driver as Kylo Ren + Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew all return. Star Wars is back! Does it live up to the hype? How does it compare to the Original Trilogy? Or is it a mess? Once you see this, leave a comment below with your thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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To fuel the fire, let's get into this. I love Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It's a wonderful, wonderful movie made with so much heart and hopefulness for all of us, crafted with such tender care and a deep love for this sci-fi universe. J.J. Abrams really nailed this one, using nostalgia as kindling to connect with our emotions then introducing such an exciting new set of characters in a story that is so relevant and yet inspiring. I love Finn, I adore Rey, I am a huge fan of Poe, I now despise Kylo (you know why). It's awesome that J.J. has cast these characters so perfectly - Daisy Ridley and John Boyega and Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver are stellar and make me so happy to see. I can't wait to see where it goes next, as it ends on such a poignant note, where things were just getting going and, dang, we have to wait another 524 days until Episode VIII.
It's not perfect. There are some parts that are a bit too goofy, and the bigger story isn't exactly impressive (which may be because it moves at such a swift pace and introduces so many characters and asks some questions that won't be answered until the other two movies are made). I don't think it's better than A New Hope or Empire Strikes Back. But it's fun, oh so much fun, and they get the universe perfect which makes up for everything else. The practical feel of the sets and the locations and background characters really make a difference, it almost feels like Abrams and crew went back and made this in a different time. I love John Williams' score. I've seen it twice, and it was even better the second time. I'm going back again right away.
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What did you think of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Masterpiece, or disaster?
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