Review: Star Wars – The Force Awakens…Again

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Cory De Roos, Contributing Writer

Not so long ago in a galaxy we call home, George Lucas created a movie that found a special place in all of our hearts. Years after George finished his legendary trilogy, fans of the series were crying out for more Star Wars, and finally after years of waiting we had Star wars episode 1 The Phantom Menace. The 3 infamous Prequels famously flopped and the public was left with a bitter taste in their mouths. A decade later, the rights to Star Wars were sold to Disney and this time fans were skeptical. After George Lucas had crushed people’s faith in the series, they were hesitant at the prospect of a new installment to the franchise. Although the closer we got to the movie’s release, the more anticipation seemed to build. On Dec 18 2015 that anticipation came to a climax and we were given “Star Wars The Force Awakens.”

Now if you go into this movie expecting the best movie of all time or a movie that comes to par with the originals, you will likely be disappointed. The storyline is a little too similar to “A New Hope” for most people’s liking, and the plot can feel slightly rushed at times. There are also very few attempts to bring new material to the universe, and many people wanted to see something that hadn’t been seen before. However with that being said, the movie achieved one crucial thing for me, the one thing I was hoping for above everything else. It actually felt like a Star Wars movie. That is something the prequels never managed to deliver, with their overwhelming use of green screen and lack of practical effects, they never managed to capture the magic of the Star Wars universe. Now I could sit here and pick The Force Awakens apart, but I don’t feel that that’s necessary. If you walk into the movie theatre expecting a perfect movie, you will be disappointed. But if you just enjoy it for what it is, I think you will find yourself smiling at the jokes, anticipating the plot twists and having an all-around good time.

Overall Star Wars The Force Awakens is by no means a perfect movie, but it still finds its way into one of my favorites of the year. In the end I give The Force Awakens four out of five possible stars.