The Force Awakens: New Heroes, Familiar Plot Lines

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Earlier this week, I had the awesome privilege to view an advanced screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. After nearly forty years, the old cast (Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and others) is back to continue the great saga. But not only did the new director, J.J. Abrams, invite back the old cast members; he also brought on new ones. Like Finn (John Boyega) the turncoat stormtrooper, who fights against the treacherous First Order, and Rey (Daisy Ridley) the female scavenger who has grown up poor on the desert planet Jakku and always dreamed of bigger things.

The new story starts off thirty years after Return of the Jedi, which ended with the Rebels defeating the evil Galactic Empire. With the Empire in ruins, the Rebels rebuilt the Republic and restored balance to the galaxy. But, only a generation later, a new menace comes in hopes of (again) conquering the galaxy: The First Order, armed with legions of stormtroopers and a myriad of new weaponry. They also have an alliance with Kylo Ren, a new Sith following Darth Vader’s footsteps. The Resistance gains the new allies Finn and Rey, the new heroes of the franchise. Together, heroes new and old team up to defeat the diabolical First Order and (again) restore balance to the galaxy.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being The Phantom Menace and 10 being Return of the Jedi), I would rank this movie a 9.5. I was in constant awe of how great the CGI was. It was cool to see what a spaceship looks like in the original movies compared to one in the new movie. Another great thing in the new movie was the acting. Never was there a moment where I questioned the dialogue or the skill of the acting. There are also many plot twists that keep you on the edge of your seat.

One new concept I think the writers were trying out was humor. I could compare the humor level to The Avengers: lots of lines contained quick-witted comebacks or an amusing comment muttered under a character’s breath. Anyone familiar with the original three Star Wars movies will find the plot line very familiar. For me, it felt a tad bit repetitive of the older movie, almost like a re-make.

Overall I loved this movie and recommend it to everyone. To me, this is one of the biggest cultural events in my short life, which means everyone will go see it regardless of whether it’s any good. Happily, it really is good. Hopefully everyone will be able to see this great movie and have a happy holiday break!