I do really enjoy a good Sci-Fi, action film but i have never really gravitated towards the big films like Star Wars, Star Trek and Lord of The Rings. Not sure why, because they did look like they would be good films to watch but i just steered more towards Marvel and DC films. Until last week when my other half asked if I wanted to watch one of the more recent Star Wars films. We have quite similar tastes when it comes to this type of thing so I decided that after avoiding it for so long I would see what all the fuss was about.
For those of you who don’t already know, The Force Awakens begins thirty years after the Galactic Civil War. Luke Skywalker has disappeared and The First Order is trying to piece together the map that leads to where he is. In hindsight, this maybe wasn’t the best one to start with as a Star Wars Newbie, because I was constantly asking my other half questions about what happened. So I will be going back and watching the other films so I can better understand what went on.
A resistance pilot called Poe( Oscar Issac) is living on a planet called Jakku and is given a piece of the map that leads to Luke. Shortly after he received this , Stormtroopers, lead by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) destroy the village and it’s people and take Poe. Before he is taken he gives his section of the map to BB-8 and tells him to run ( or roll away) so the First Order do not get hold of it. During the attack, one of the Stormtroppers’ (FN-2187) sees a comrade die and has a change of heart about who he was loyal to and whether he should be fighting for the first order.
FN-2187 (Poe names him Finn) frees Poe so he can find BB-8 and get his part of the map to the resistance base and they escape in a TIE fighter, however, it crashes in t0 the desert and Poe is assumed to be dead. Finn survives and tries to find BB-8 so he can finish what Poe Started. He finds BB-8, who is now in the care of a scrapper called Rey (Daisy Ridley) . When these two meet the action only intensifies…
Okay so this bit is a bit difficult for me. I haven’t seen the previous films and I feel that you would have got a feel for characters like Poe, Princess Leia, Hans Solo and Kylo Ren in previous films so I don’t feel I can comment on character development with regards to these.
As much as I like Finn and Rey as characters you don’t get to find out a lot about them and for me that is a big part of what attracts me to a film. Don’t get me wrong I love CGI and Special effects and all the action but I also like to be able to connect with the characters.
I definitely felt sorry for both Finn and Rey and willed them to do well, I just feel like there was something missing in the writing that allows the audience to connect a bit better with the characters.
Overall I think it was a good film. If you have read any of my other reviews you know I am a huge fan of fantasy, Sci-Fi, CGI and special effects, especially when done well and in that respect Star Wars did not disappoint. I just feel that something was lacking for me. I don’t get excited about watching it again, so for me it is a 3 out of 5.
As always, Be Kind, Be Happy and Stay True to You and until net time.
Have a fab week!