“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the long-awaited entry to the “Star Wars” franchise finally hit theaters on Dec. 18. There was a lot of hype surrounding it through advertisements on television and other sources.
“The Force Awakens” is set 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi,” with new characters making their debuts in the series, as it is a new chapter in the franchise.
The story revolves around two groups, The Resistance and the First Order, the new villain group lead by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Both groups are searching for Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). However, new droid BB-8 has a missing piece of a puzzle as to the whereabouts of Skywalker. Stormtrooper deserter Finn (John Boyega) and scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) find the droid and work to locate Luke, along with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca.
That is right, a few key characters from the original series made their return.
The story itself is a search for Luke Skywalker, but with the First Order in the way, that means that conflict is in play. What better way to resolve conflict than through battle sequences like in the other films?
One of the things to know about this film is that it is definitely not without action, whether they involve laser guns, Tie Fighters and X-Wing fighters or even lightsabers. The action is definitely there and full of excitement.
The effects were actually well-done in a lot of areas. Even with some of the characters and other elements being CGI and green screen, the effects were not really dodgy and they almost looked like they were real.
However, the movie was not without its flaws. One of the flaws that the film had was that there was some predictability in the story. One character was thought to be written off at first, but it was later revealed that he was still alive.
Another flaw that this film had was that in some ways it played fan-service when some scenes made obligatory nods to past films. For example, Han Solo made a comment about the trash compactor scene from “Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope,” but it was meant to be a joke, so it was not too bad.
Of course, not all the nods were bad. It was great to see other characters return like, the droids C-3PO and R2D2, and also the legendary Millennium Falcon.
The film was very enjoyable overall, but it was not without its flaws. It definitely lived up to the hype that had been around since the first trailer surfaced in late 2014. It was worth waiting a whole year for it to come.