Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the most anticipated film of 2015. With a tonne of build-up and secrecy surrounding the film, Star Wars fever was kept at a fever pitch ever since the first trailer dropped a year ago. But now, the galactic space adventure is in cinemas playing to packed crowds eager to see if The Force Awakens is up to scruff. The good news is—it is but to a certain extent.
The Story: The adventure opens years after the events of Return of the Jedi with the galaxy still in turmoil with the First Order led by Kylo Ren causing havoc with their nefarious acts. With Luke Skywalker missing and a new devastating weapon threatening to unleash untold horror against the republic, it’s up to a host of new heroes to help save the day and bring order to the galaxy.
What Worked: The visuals JJ Abrams bring to life on the screen, especially throughout the battle sequences in the film. There’s also a tonne of homage scenes along with practical as well as visual effects, which strikes a pretty good balance between the previous series and this new generation franchise.
What Didn’t: It’s a bit same old, same old. The Force Awakens storyline doesn’t stray too far away from the original series, with unsung heroes and droids, a mysterious villain, plot twists, a Jedi and a devastating weapon in the fold. The Force Awakens basically sticks to the same template as the previous trilogy, rehashing its best parts and its heroes along the way.
Plus Points: Nostalgic pops, the return of the Millennium Falcon and the original Star Wars crew, subtle but noticeable homage pieces to the classic series. Extensive and detailed battle scenes and dog fights.
Minus Points: Subdued villains, one which evidently suffers from daddy issues, a limited back story to the First Order and the events post Revenge of the Jedi. The Force Awakens also negates most of the struggles of the first trilogy, ultimately projecting that nothing was truly accomplished with the destruction of the Empire by the rebellion.
Conclusion: Despite its hype, Star Wars: The Force Awakens delivers in certain aspects but underwhelms overall. That’s not saying it’s not a good movie, it is, but it just comes up short of being great and the reason for that is it seems perfectly satisfied to dish out the elements that made the original series a hit in the first place. It’s a fitting sequel nonetheless but it’s a sequel that’s content in just following the footsteps of a classic rather than creating a path of its own.