‘Great action, great emotional scenes, well-done easter eggs and fan service. Solid acting, solid script and solid casting. There was CGI used, but tastefully, and I could tell that JJ Abrams really went for sets as much as possible when it came to shooting the show.’
Okay, so this review will be without any idea of the story in episode 4, 5, 6, some of 2 and 3…which basically comes up with basically no idea of the story.
All I know is that Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia are fraternal twins. There’s some sort of tension between Leia and Han Solo, who’s a international smuggler. Luke and Leia are children of Padme and Anakin, and both kids have the Force. The Force acts as a combination of telekinesis, mind control, telepathy and some other stuff I haven’t seen. Anakin is Darth Vader, and turns out to be the Chosen One, and proves so by sacrificing his life to save everyone else.
This movie occurs about 30 years after Episode 6??? I don’t know, somebody please clue me in.
Okay so here’s spoiler alert.
I missed the first 30 minutes or so of the film, so I would not comment about that, but even then, the movie could and did brought me up to date on what was going on in the movie.
So this guy ^^^^ is Finn. Where I started, he was betraying the First Order (this arc’s The Empire) by not firing at innocent civilians. More than that, for me, this is the first time I get to meet Kylo Ren, the big baddie of the film.
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It was my first real taste of the Force, which Kylo Ren uses to terrifying degree. He literally freezes a laser blast in mid-air, and it kind of is just stuck in mid-air, jerking back and forth. It gives off a nature-versus-man air, as the laser seemed to be fighting the Force to get away from it.
And I just realised – Darth Vader and Kylo Ren’s masks do look very similar, don’t you think?
But back to the beginning – Poe’s also shown, and he passes a piece of a map to Luke Skywalker to BB – 8, who happens to be the cutest robot in the universe, and my 2nd all time favourite. The other two is Wall-E, and M-O.
Then there’s also Rey.
I’m not sure if you can see it, but watch the gif a few times. You will see that Rey is unable to move – That’s the Force!
There’s a great female lead in a big blockbuster MOVIE!!!!!!! You cannot imagine my excitement and joy!!!!
At first, when I Googled Daisy Ridley (a.k.a Rey), I thought she was somehow related to Ridley Scott, although when I thought of him, I called him the ‘Ridley’ guy. Heh. But turns out, nope, she’s not related to him. But she is a relatively unknown actress…until now.
Girls, even if you don’t like or watch Star Wars, PLEASE WATCH IT. It’s worth it, just to see this actress. I’ve never been more invested in a female role and actress since…well, ever. I mean, I have seen Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley and Lily Collins in their teenage lead roles, but they all had flaws, as in character flaws, not acting flaws.
Often, when I watch movies with female leads, I get the feeling that they aren’t really empowering young girls or young women. It feels…false. Somehow, when I’m watching TFA, it feels like Rey is empowering girls. Sure, she cries, she runs away, (spoiler: she doesn’t want to be part of finding Luke Skywalker.), but she is just as smart as Finn, if not smarter (although I lean heavily on the side that believes Rey is smarter than Finn), she is stronger, not just physically, than Finn, and she….well, I would like to be her friend in TFA.
Oh, yes, there’s also a slew of easter eggs for the Star Warlords. I particularly laughed my head off with the easter egg about the Millennium Falcon. 😀
The fight scenes here are also fantastic. I’ve seen some of the Light Saber fights from the 4,5,6 arc, and also the hideously bad 1,2,3 arc. This episode’s light saber fights are of a completely different style. It’s like the creators learned from their mistakes, and came up with a fight that was natural, gritty and intense. Even though there must’ve been some choreography, but it feels like a very natural flow of movements and Kylo Ren, Rey, and Finn have this intense killing aura that keeps you on the seat. It’s like Spectre, but with lightsabers.
Couldn’t give more of a thumbs up, guys!