*POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT*
With a trilogy of prequels that generally did not live up to the legacy of the originals, and fans’ burning desire for the universe to continue on the big screen, I think it’s safe to say that director J.J. Abrams had a lot of pressure on his hands.
Enlisting a cast of underrated professionals such as John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac as the new trinity of heroes trusted to establish their own stories and dilemmas that we can get behind. They are complimented by a return from Harrison Ford (who officially became the highest grossing actor off of the success of this movie), Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, who reprise their roles.
The First Order has risen from the depths of the fallen empire, led by Supreme Leader Snoke — played by Andy Serkis, in another starring CGI role — Luke Skywalker has been missing for the better part of a decade. After new information regarding his whereabouts comes to light, the Rebel Alliance — specifically Poe Dameron — retrieves the data leading directly towards Luke. Supreme Leader Snoke instates Kylo Ren, who recently turned to the dark side and was once a pupil of Luke’s, to ascertain the aforementioned information.
Keeping Luke’s whereabouts and overall welfare a mystery throughout the film is a highlight for me. Creating this aura of uncertainty and anticipation around a character that hasn’t been screened in 32 years.
The technical side of things are very much in check, with versatile set pieces and gorgeous visuals. Aurally, the film’s score is on par with its predecessors, thanks to the return of the legendary John Williams.
VERDICT: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens works in everyone’s favour: a sequel that pays subtle homage to its predecessors, while pushing forward a new story, very much worth investing in.
RATING: 9.1 – AWESOME
MVP: John Boyega, who adds a new dimension into the origins and inner-sentiments of a storm trooper. Bravo.