Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie Review

Adam Driver stars in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

No Big Deal

IMDb Plot: A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas and set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Directed by J.J. Abrams. Stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max von Sydow.

I expected/wanted more. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a good movie; but with great power hype, comes great responsibility. Dan Mindel's cinematography is terrific; but what we see isn't very original. Where's the magic of Episodes 1-6? Driver's Kylo Ren certainly doesn't have it (Darth Vader, we miss you) and Abrams seems reluctant to try anything new. That leaves us with Ford (superb) and strong debuts from Ridley & Boyega + stellar special effects. For any other franchise, that might be enough; but this is Star Wars... and slapping a new label over an old product, just won't do.


Upon Further Review: Time (two weeks) heals all some wounds. As a stand-alone movie, The Force Awakens is pretty amazing (fun characters, great action, non-stop pace.) Abrams did what he had to (pay homage) which is probably a lot better than the alternative (drastic changes to the most beloved film franchise in history.) It's still far from perfect, but my initial review was a tad harsh/knee-jerk.

Updated Grade: B