I know what you’re thinking, dear video game lover. You came to The Games Cabin for the latest news and reviews on video games and got surprised by a review on a movie? We at The Games Cabin work day and night to bring you daily the content we think it’s relevant to you. It’s about you. And what’s more relevant to you than the movie everyone’s been talking about in the internet? If you haven’t had enough of it, this is our spoiler-free review on The Force Awakens.
Let’s get something out of the way: I am a big Star Wars fan and owner of the original trilogy and the prequels DVDs. You know, that technology on its way to extinction. Call me old-fashioned but I’m not letting go of these bad boys till I die or they end up scratched or lost. As every DVD does, anyway.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has made my life for the past fwe months a chaos of emotions. From enthusiastic to terrified and finally, at the movie theater, confident. Confident this movie was going to be something else. But I just couldn’t avoid the thought that perhaps it wouldn’t be what I was expecting. And, oh boy, I sure expected so much from this movie.
Director J.J. Abrams and I had no easy task. He sought to do a movie that remained loyal to the original spirit of Star Wars in every possible aspect. Its visual and technological universe, its narrative and iconic characters. Also, let’s not forget that sweet space opera vibe. He did a great job, delivering both familiarity and freshness in pretty much every way he could. Me? Oh, I just had to review it, which, let me tell you, was no easy task.
The movie features some of our old loved ones (somewhat old, yes, because the action happens 30 years after Return of the Jedi) – Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) – but introduces a new generation of characters as well: Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), an evil ally of the First Order, this movie’s empire of evil, the resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his lovely BB-8 droid, the female scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) and the Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega).
The chemistry among main characters Poe, Rey and Finn, kept this movie running fresh. It helped me immerse in the beautiful backgrounds too. If I will be coming for a second screening of the movie, those are the reasons. Abrams, Michael Arndt and Lawrence Kasdan (who also worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) did an amazing job with the dialogue. It felt on point and the humor was sharper than ever. The original movies did have jokes here and there, but this one brings something new. Something that doesn’t sound out of place, but just right.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a movie you don’t want to end. It is thrilling and enjoyable through all its 2 hours and 15 minutes, and it does so while relying on nostalgia. This movie seeks to stay loyal to the original trilogies as much as possible, so if you enjoyed the original movies, you’ll most likely feel at home with this one, though some will perhaps find the movie depends too much on its highly-regarded predecessors. Family and friendship are still the main themes of this establishment, and easy to relate to. I did, at the very least, and will gladly watch it one more time while it’s on cinemas. Or, who knows, maybe several more times…
Disclaimer: This review was conducted after attending a public screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and all tickets and popcorn was paid by the reviewer.