So last night was the premier of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and I figured I’d start the morning off by bringing you fine folks a spoiler free review, which is kind of hard actually. What consists of a spoiler these days anyways?
For me, I wanted to go into this movie as clean as possible. That last bit of Star Wars: The Force Awakens anything for me was the final trailer that was released two months ago. With the exception of the “Luke is Kylo” theory I avoided all fan theories about this film, because, again, I wanted to go in as clean as possible.
So here goes, a completely bland and spoiler free review.
I’ll put your mind at ease you Padawan and let you know this movie is really good. I only had two real gripes with the movie, one I can share and one I cannot.
The one I can share was that this movie tugs at the nostalgia strings a little too hard. Parts of the movie felt like A New Hope where others felt like they were trying to be like The Empire Strikes Back. This is really a brief gripe and nothing too major that distracts from the film.
One thing that I was worried about J.J. Abrams directing this is that he was going to J.J. it and Lens Flair for days, luckily he did not. J.J. toned down the lens flair to where I almost didn’t notice it. J.J. shot this movie like a Star Wars film, The Force Awakens fits nicely into the Saga. J.J. if you’re reading this (and I know you are) bravo my friend, you hit it out of the park.
Speaking of fitting well into the Saga, the light saber fights (and this isn’t a spoiler it’s a fucking Star Wars movie, you knew there would be light saber fights) are done way better than the prequels. A failing for me of the prequels were the light saber fights were too choreographed, these fights looked like a fight, like two people trying to kill each other and doing what they have to to kill each other. These fights were probably the second best of the Saga (Return of the Jedi having the best fight).
Also the action in this film is fantastic, J.J. shot it very well and whether it’s a dog fight or a land fight you’re on the edge of your seat watching and cheering and just having a good time.
Of course our returning heroes are great, seeing all of them on film, including Jar Jar (just kidding) was great, even C3-PO was fun. However, our new cast is just great.
Daisy Riddley as Rey is fantastic as our lead. Without spoiling the film, it’s clear from the first trailer she is going to be our main hero through this new trilogy. She is a superstar in the making let me just tell you this. And in a world where people are clamoring for strong female role models in film she is one of the best.
John Boyega as Finn is also a lot of fun, he brings the energy and his character’s journey is fantastic as well. He probably has the biggest character journey than any other character, which I can’t explain here without spoilers, but I enjoyed his performance greatly.
Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron almost steals the show. He’s a brash cocky X-Wing pilot that had some great lines in the film. His character kind of reminds me of the X-Wing Rogue Squadron books from the 90’s and is easily my favorite of the new characters. I feel like after a battle with the First Order Poe would be up for grabbing a beer or some blue milk at the Cantina.
Adam Driver was great as Kylo Ren, he’s menacing and his back story is fantastic, unlike the villains of of the prequels, his motivations are clear and he’s a real character.
One last thing before I go, the use of actual sets and locations instead of green screens (or in this case blue because J.J. wanted to do as much like the original films as he could) gives this movie a real feel which was something missing from Episodes I-III. I found with the prequels all the “cleaness” of the characters surroundings looked fake (because they were) but Rey actually being in a dessert, Han actually being in a forest, or when any character was in a building and there were actual walls instead of computer generated shit just made the film seem more real.
In the end, this film has flaws, but for every flaw (and there are only a few) I can think of at least 10 things about the movie I liked, so obviously it isn’t perfect, but neither were the original three, but unlike the dreadful prequels (seriously, I hate those movies) this movie fits in nicely with the Episodes IV-VI. This movie was fantastic and if you enjoy movies you’ll like it, maybe even love it, if you’re a Star Wars fan, like a real fan and not some cynical over analyzing dick, you’ll absolutely love this movie. Since I fall into the later, this movie gets a 9 out of 10 from us here at The Clash.