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Star Wars : The Force Awakens - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
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Dec 23, 2019 - 3:15:51 PM

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The epic start of a new trilogy that kicks off with neophyte characters connecting to classic ones in an adventure that holds the fate of a growing galaxy in the balance.

The Force Is Calling To You. Just Let It In. 

Decades after the defeat of an oppressive government and its dictator whose influence had spread across the galaxy, a new unjust movement has risen to fill the power vacuum. Only the combined effort of a group of individuals from different walks of life can put an end to this new threat with ties to the previous one.

FN-2187 is a stormtrooper in the First Order who questions his training after his initial exposure to the heartlessness of his squad in battle against mostly unarmed villagers on one of the planet Jakku’s settlements. Rey is a scavenger on the dessert planet Jakku who is waiting for the return of her parents after being left there years ago, but a chance meeting with the droid BB-8 leads her on an adventure in the wider galaxy. Poe Dameron is an X-Wing fighter pilot in the Resistance who happens to be on a mission for General Leia Organa to locate her brother Luke Skywalker. Han solo is a smuggler with his co-pilot Chewbacca smuggling dangerous animals on a freighter while searching for his stolen ship, the Millennium Falcon. Kylo Ren is a commander in the First Order and a wielder of the Force for the Dark Side who is looking for the information that Poe has placed in the possession of his astromech droid.

The feeling of excitement going into this movie was palatable and I am happy to report that the experience of watching this film was awesome. There was a lot of hype going into the motion picture and while it is not perfect, it is a solid embodiment of the Star Wars formula. It is obvious that Disney was going to make sure that this entry into the cinematic franchise would be profitable as it is the first one that is part of their company brand and they did this by emphasizing the emotion behind the original trilogy rather than the political minutiae of the prequel trilogy. If you ever wanted to know what World War 2 would look like if it took place during the frontier era of the North America after an alien invasion then this is the Space Western for you. The spirit of George Lucas’ first Star Wars film can be felt in the way J.J. Abrams went about directing this feature with an energy that can be felt in every action scene and even the special quiet moments. Harrison Ford fits nicely into the role of an older Han Solo as does Carrie Fisher with her part of a mature Leia Organa and Mark Hamill briefly as a stoic Luke Skywalker. John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac do a great job with the rest of the new cast in breathing fresh life to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. The iconic musical score by John Williams floods all the fans of this theatrical phenomenon with nostalgia and initiates the newcomers into the fold of this epic space opera. The bar has been set for the beginning of this sequel trilogy, so Rian Johnson for Episode VIII and Colin Trevorrow with Episode IX both have a lot to live up to. This is easily one of the best blockbusters of 2015 and will no doubt be a record breaker in the current annals of cinematic history. I rate this movie a rating 4 & 1/2 out of 5. If you have not yet seen this in theaters you have done yourself an injustice, so watch in the best presentation apparatus available to you.

Star Wars : The Force Awakens
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