Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

Patrick Canter, Staff Writer

On Friday, December 18th, what is arguably the most anticipated film in recent memory released. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was welcomed to sold out theaters every where and has become the highest earning film of all time in North America, beating out Avatar.  In only 20 days the film earned $758.2 million dollars, a huge sum by any standards.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is director J.J. Abrams take on the George Lucas franchise. It is centered on The Resistance’s race against the evil First Order (the successor to the Empire.) to find Luke Skywalker, the last of the Jedi. Abrams has introduced a new group of actors to play a host of new characters including Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Adam Driver as well as bringing back some favorites from the original trilogy such as Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill.

This is where things get a little spoilery so if you haven’t seen the movie, turn back now! I thoroughly enjoyed this new addition to the Star Wars franchise. The use of well designed practical effects gave the film the same ascetically pleasing look the original films had, (For example, the BB-8 droid is an actual functioning robot.) while current day computer generated effects mixed in a new look to Star Wars. The plot, while original, followed the same basic story line of Return of the Jedi, including a new and improved Death Star that needs destroying. Performances by the new actors and actresses such as John Boyega (Finn) and Daisy Ridley (Rey) proved to be a huge success and a testament to J.J. Abrams casting ability. The film also ended with a certified Star Wars cliffhanger, with Rey finally finding Luke Skywalker.

All in all, I am very impressed by J.J. Abrams take on Star Wars. He managed to keep the same feeling that we loved in the original films while introducing a huge amount of new elements. I highly recommend this film and will be patiently awaiting the next installment.