Short and Sweet Reviews // Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a rag-tag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

I’ll start by saying that if you are a Star Wars fan and are worried that this film will somehow ruin the legacy of the originals I want to tell you that you have nothing to worry about. This film stayed true to the “Star Wars feel”, the original “Star Wars feel”, and honestly made me fall in love with the franchise all over again.

I was worried that the movie would feel rushed or contain nothing but back story to catch us up on what had happened in the 30 years since Return of the Jedi but those worries were soon put to rest. There actually wasn’t much back story given at all but what given was delivered well. I never felt lost or like I was missing something. The plot flowed smoothly and I felt I both understood what was happening and why.

It’s true. All of it. The Dark Side, the Jedi. They’re real.

It was great to see some of the old characters back at it and it was refreshing to see they weren’t just there for gimmicks and nostalgic value, they actually contributed to the plot. The new characters were great too. They felt real and believable in this universe and you felt for them throughout the film.

What I loved most was the emotional roller coaster The Force Awakens takes you on. The film has it’s happy moments, and some incredibly sad ones too. The film brings up strong sentimental feelings and makes you laugh, a lot! It’s intense and you will want to stand up and cheer with every victory. It wasn’t all lightsabers and stuff blowing up. It was full of feeling.

All-in-all I loved it and if you are debating whether it will be worth it I can tell you the answer is yes. Go see it and let it remind you why so many people are dedicated to this franchise.

There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it? The Dark side, and the Light.

 

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

5 thoughts on “Short and Sweet Reviews // Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

  1. Just remember: Violence is NOT entertainment. Shooting up the neighborhood, and running down pedestrians is behavior TAUGHT by endless exposure to “action movies” with guns and explosions; just “a lot of fun,” with more and more Americans ready to produce and star in their own extravagant killing sprees.

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    1. People like stories about human feelings, hopes, and dreams. Violence is a very human thing, and we reflect that in the stories we tell. Not because it’s entertaining but because it is our reality. The violence also doesn’t stand on it’s own, it is wrapped up in our natural desire to express ourselves and our wishes for heroism, revenge, and the realization of all our wildest dreams coming true. Human stories are entertaining, and those stories contain all the good and bad that is inside of us. And sometimes they really can be fun too :)

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  2. A written resignation from a bad telemarketing job: “Thank you for letting me see the Dark Path once again. I now know when to jump off.” Seeing conflict as a duality is not useful, most of life has many nuances, but movies choose stark contrast to set up easy character definitions of white hat, black hat, and cowboys and Indians (which is no longer done, is it?) It’s all DRAMA, which is not real life – unless you are a wacko that wants attention.

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