Kaitlyn Booth

Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Pays Homage To Its Predecessors But Still Feels Like An Original Story

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Title: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Director: J.J. Abrams
Screenwriter: Lawrence Kasden (written by), J.J. Abrams (written by), Michael Arndt (written by), and George Lucas (characters) (uncredited)
Principal Cast: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Lupita Nyong’o
Summary: Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a rag-tag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

I’m going to come right out and say that I’m not a huge Star Wars fan. I like Star Wars, I respect Star Wars and I understand why people love it as much as they do. On a personal level I never really got into it the way that other people have. I’ve also been a member of the Bummer Brigade since the first trailer dropped by reminding people that trailers don’t mean anything and the movie might not be good. I’m not a huge fan of J.J. Abrams, either, so this is probably one of the least “fanboy” reviews that you’ll get on our website. I went in hoping for a good movie, but I was also very aware that the hype for this could cause the movie to collapse into itself. If you set the bar too high you’re going to be let down in some capacity. I was worried that the Disney hype machine was shooting Star Wars in the foot before it was even released.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a good movie, I’m happy to report, that captures the things that made everyone fall in love with this universe while also feeling fresh enough to kick off a new series of movies.

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This is going to be a spoiler free review. I’m going to urge everyone out there to try and avoid spoilers the best they can for this. It’s going to be hard since everyone and their mother seems to be keen to be a jerk about this movie. DON’T BE A JERK. There is a fine line to walk when you are rebooting a beloved classic. There is the temptation to basically redo the original movies with different actors because “if it worked once it should work again”. There is also the temptation to take it in the other direction and make the new project barely connected to the previous incarnation linking them in name only. This line, maintaining the spirit of the original properly while also feeling new, is something that can be done. var storyStack = { consumerKey: "WbARnqQ1whOvDwJ5dp1bBH", use_external_settings: true }

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