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Film Review: “Star Wars: Episode VII” by Blade Brown

Plot: 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.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… A little phenomenon called Star Wars was released. On May 25, 1977 the first Star Wars movie was released to worldwide success. It’s been 38 years since it’s original release, and the fan base is bigger than its ever been. While the prequels are widely considered to be terrible films, the original trilogy (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back & Return Of The Jedi) is recognized as one of the best trilogies of all time and have become a staple in pop culture. Now, after 32 years since Return Of The Jedi, the continuation of the Star Wars Saga lives on with The Force Awakens.

The film follows the search for Luke Skywalker. The last Jedi in the galaxy has gone into exile, much like he finds Yoda in during The Empire Strikes Back. The resistance searches for him so he can help fight the war against first order. While the first order searches for him to kill him and destroy any chance the resistance has of defeating them. The movie’s main villain, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) isn’t a Sith Lord like previous villains, as his training has not been completed. Even so, he’s extremely powerful and has the best screen presence in the series since Darth Vader. While Darth Maul was a great villain, he was extremely underused. Oscar Issac plays Poe Dameron, the “Best Pilot in The Resistance” who has a early run in with Ren that leads to his capture. Which leads him to a Storm Trooper (John Boyega) who he later dubs “Finn” that helps him escape due to his disbelief in what the First Order is doing. And he needed a pilot to escape.

After a successful escape, they crash land on the planet Jakku. Which leads Finn into Rey (Daisy Ridley), a scavenger who gets caught up in the trouble Finn has brought to the planet. The pair team up, and eventually bump into familiar faces from the Star Wars universe, and embark on a adventure that’s nothing like they’ve ever seen. The story is centered around new characters, but when Han Solo and Chewbacca make their appearance in the movie, the whole theater erupted with cheers and applause. After 30 years, those two characters are still as iconic as they were when we first met them, and Harrison Ford plays the aged Solo just as good as he did when younger.

As for the new cast, the film is carried by Boyega and Driver. They have the most interesting characters in Kylo and Finn, as each have made a choice to be where they are. Finn has the aura of a young Han Solo, while Kylo is a unhinged person fighting his own personal demons. Rey probably has the most promising future as to where her character may go. Episode 8, which comes out on the 40th anniversary of the original film, is poised to go places that will be exciting to watch.

While there are flaws, its not enough to take away from how fun a movie this was. This movie is just as good as the originals and is neck and neck with The Empire Strikes back for best in the series. I would give Empire the edge due to its big twist, but this movie has a equally interesting twist that raises the stakes of the movie as soon as its announced. You don’t even have to be a Star Wars fanatic to enjoy the movie. Just grab your popcorn, and enjoy the ride. Its definitely a fun experience.

Rating: 9/10

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brandonw • December 27, 2015

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