Wadup geeks, it’s been a while since I checked in (life, work and such) so hope all our minions are kicking butt! After all the hype, trailers, McDonalds meals and toy specials, we have finally been given the opportunity to feast our eyes on the brand new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” epic from Disney. I might be stepping on some toes by addressing some obvious flaws we have picked up but then again I’m also sure some geeks will agree with my humble opinion.
Besides the fact that one of the core functions of this film was to deliver a clean slate and establish a way forward for the franchise (or so it felt after I watched the film), the story also tried to be so much more with some unexplained story arcs. Let’s break it down a bit so that we can discuss each point briefly.
Check out our 5 Reasons Why ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is Good But Not Great
1. Too many similarities in the Old Vs New
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” managed to remix some element of “Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope” in a way that actually made it annoyingly obvious. The new trilogy’s hero Rey (Daisy Ridley) is somewhat of a copy of Anakin in a way that both use the Force without being told how, they are from a dusty planet, and they are left behind to fend for themselves. That in itself is reason enough to be a tad annoyed, keep reading.
2. Rey’s unbelievable abilities
Unlike Anakin at first, Rey seems to be a mastermind of the Force in a sense that she achieves things that took Luke Skywalker almost three movies to achieve. Disney managed to introduce a strong female protagonist that can wield a lightsaber in a duel and play out Force “mind tricks” like a pro in a matter of minutes even though she is only at the beginning of her journey.
3. Death Star…..3.0?
Approximately 30 years after the destruction of the second Death Star, a planet converted to a superweapon, the First Order’s Starkiller Base becomes one of the main focus points in the movie. How do they manage to destroy the enormous weapon of mass destruction do you think…..drum roll please….if any one of you have guessed it I’m sure all of you managed to get it right! Obviously just hit the damn thing in one spot (usually at the “core”), and don’t expect the boys from the Dark Side to learn from their previous mistakes! It is understandable that another huge superweapon must come into play here but it was so blatantly obvious that it made another “giant laser” in a bond movie seem more original.
4. Similar family dramas
There is yet another family drama that splits a father and son on opposite sides with Good Vs. Evil (don’t want to give away too much here). The film’s main villain, Kylo Ren is seen breathing heavily in a mask most of the movie. Why he even donned the mask is another unsolved mystery unless JJ tried to build some suspense to keep his identity a secret until the unveiling.
5. The plot
In a really small nutshell: Establish new wonder kid, bring back some old stuff from the previous movies, find Luke, destroy Death Star…..3.0, reveal the identity of the bad guy and kill someone significant. Nuff said!
All and all it is well worth it to make the trip to the cinema for the latest instalment of Star Wars but there will be some fans that will be disappointed. It is an enjoyable popcorn movie with a Disney twist, but fails to bring brand new material to the table, the kind of stuff that makes you excited to count down the days till the next one. In many ways it is understandable why director J.J. Abrams went this route to establish the way forward with Rey as the Force’s new wonder kid and Kylo Ren the new baddie, and we hope that the next film will explore some of the decisions he made to setup the storyline in the “The Force Awakens”. Most likely we can expect more things to surface in the next instalment, but will we see diehard fans queuing in front of the box-office in their Stormtrooper uniforms to buy tickets?
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