- Origin: 12/25
- Story: 8/25
- Camera/SFX: 19/25
- Performance: 14/25
The Star Wars saga continues with this seventh entry — the first under the Walt Disney Co. umbrella. The film will act as the start of a new trilogy set after the events of Return of the Jedi. J.J. Abrams directs from a script by Michael Arndt. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
- Rated: PG-13 (Sci-Fi action violence)
- Genre: Action, Adventure and Science Fiction
- Directed by: J.J. Abrams
- Written by: J.J Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt
- Release date: 5th April, 2016 (Wide)
- Length: 136 minutes
- Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
|Harrison Ford||Han Solo|
|Mark Hamill||Luke Skywalker|
|Carrie Fisher||Princess Leia|
|Adam Driver||Kylo Ren|
|Oscar Isaac||Poe Dameron|
The new characters are terrible, Rey is a terrible excuse for a character that has no personality and somehow can learn lightsaber combat in a matter of seconds. Even the powerful Luke Skywalker had to trailer before facing against masters. I’m all for having a strong female character that can take on the biggest and baddest, but please have some context or justification for having a character like Rey and not just for her looks. Apart from that its great to see the Star Wars lore come through and allow us to explore more planets and civilisations.
Another attempt to live up to the original trilogy, and yet again it doesn’t meet the expectation. It was a repeat of previous films that just had a bigger budget and less of an idea on how to make good entertainment. I wish that they started the new trilogy differently, maybe Rey comes across the force a different way and slowly becomes stronger. There was no risk, it was like a level 1 character has the highest stats from the start. It was an interesting take and it offered new avenues to explore, but it isn’t good enough for a Star Wars film.
The effects and spectacles are good in the film, the dogfight spaceship battles make the fans excited and the new creatures with interesting looks help to make this film look so much better. The attention to detail is good and helps the story along and immerse us in the world. The bold colours and good us of camera lighting makes it good to watch, the darker tones in battles makes it feel tense. Some of the battle shots are questionable and make it feel clunky, with sci-fi battles they need to feel smooth and tense throughout, but it didn’t.
Behind all the dramatic effects and lightsaber battles there are some good moments with actors, but it doesn’t go that far. Daisy Ridley has two expressions (crying or catching flies). Her character has no personality and doesn’t interest me in the slightest. The rest, like Fin and Poe have some okay backstory, but they don’t offer anything else either, they just shoot and thats about it.