IMDB: Star Wars Ep VII: The Force Awakens
IMDB Rating: 8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Previous Viewing Date: na
The first in a new trilogy. The first in a re-imagined universe. The first to divide the masses. The first for a new generation. This movie takes place some 30 years or so after the final Battle of Endor where the second (albeit incomplete) Death Star was destroyed.
The First Order has risen from the ashes of the Empire, and Luke has fled into hiding following the savage destruction of his new Jedi Academy by one of his students, tainted and turned to the dark side. The rebellion, has both devolved and evolved, and is now known as The Resistance.
This movie introduces us to a series of new characters good, neutral and bad.
- Captain Phasma
- Poe Dameron
- Maz Kanata
- Kylo Ren
- First Order Executioners
- Rose Tico
- General Hux
- Amilyn Holdo
- Supreme Leader Snope
This movie primarily follows the two new characters Rey and Finn (ironically single named characters) as they journey from Jakku, a desolate dump of a planet, to the base of the Resistance, and we see the First Order bring their latest weapon of planet destruction into play with devastating effects.
With a final flourish we find where Luke has spirited himself away to, and Rey presents him with his old lightsaber, in one of the oddest and longest “tennis” (and by that I mean you look at one, than the other, then the first then the second and repeat) scenes that I have ever seen.
So I really liked this movie the first few times that I saw it. Then I started watching it so much closer, seeing those small things that I missed the first few times, and there were things things that clearly didn’t add up, and were in there for flavour.
However in the spirit of first movies in the trilogy of trilogies for the Star Wars universe, it’s running second (it would hard to be worse than Ep I). The bit I hated the most, is that it has de-canonised the entire Star Wars extended universe that existed after the Battle of Endor, which meant we lost so many characters and events.
But would I see it again? Yes, I have and will continue to do so.