STAR WARS Episode VII: The FORCE Awakens (or A NEW-er Hope) – HM Movie Reviews

A long time ago, in a disclosed location because most of you already know where MAK lives in………

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Today’s review:

When it comes to sci-fi in movies, people will shout one franchise in the sky that resonates a lot in the past 40 years or so and my friends…….

That franchise is Star Wars.

Many of you loved the original trilogy of  A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and some of you said that it’s one of the best sci-fi trilogies in their genre and then came the prequels of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith and the results of that were either very negative or mixed.

The franchise (at least theatrical) have became dormant for 10 years since the last one and a lot of things have changed for them. Some for the better and for the worse. For instance in 2012, Disney acquired LucasFilm and their properties and for the new Star Wars movie, George Lucas is nowhere near the writing or directing in this.

Instead, they brought over J.J. Abrams and yeah, you see that he really wants to direct a Star Wars movie if you seen his Star Trek movies….hell, why you do think he’s not doing Star Trek Beyond  and this instead?

Let’s see how this will turn out.

Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn (John Boyega) crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights.

First things first, I am not much of a Star Wars fan as most people are and I thought the original trilogy was fine. I’m not putting it on a pedestal but they were fine movies and the prequels…..well, first one was shit and the last two are very mixed for me and I went in the lowest but hopeful expectations of this and……I got to say, I really enjoyed this movie and I don’t know want to sound like I’m going over my head but….I might like it more than the first one and funny thing I say that…..

Yeah, I have been thinking a lot about this movie after it ended and noticed that the movie is a remake of A New Hope with a slight change in characters  and you can also say that this is no stranger to J.J. Abrams since he did do that in the first Star Trek movie and Super 8. However, I felt more invested in the characters here than I did with New Hope. This is both a positive and negative as it mostly goes into familiar territory but with new faces.

Finn and Rey might have my favorite characters in the movie and the most compelling out of them and mainly that’s due to the fact that John Boyega and Daisy Ridley have amazing chemistry on-screen and works as good friends. Plus, they didn’t push the romance angle on them quick although if it does come up naturally (taking their time to see where it goes), I would be fine with it. Both are progressively strong characters in their own right and it’s interesting to see with how far these two can go.

Harrison Ford returns as Han Solo and man, he was one of the most charismatic parts of the movie and this is him giving a damn as it looks like he’s having a lot of fun reprising his role only it’s not the same Han Solo from the trilogy. He has grown more as the years pass by. He still got what made him Han Solo but more matured. Him and Chewbacca also made an excellent addition with Finn and Rey and it has a team dynamic working for them. Carrie Fisher reprising her role as Leia was good, too. Maybe not on the level of Ford and Chewie but it was fine.

BB-8……Oh, BB-8 is adorable and serves to the plot!!! Unlike Jar Jar Binks and the Ewoks, it fulfills something worth while and doesn’t become annoying further down.

Oh, there’s another guy in there named Poe Dameron (played by Oscar Isaac), a resistance X-Wing fighter pilot and he is basically the flame that got our main characters into the plot although afterwards. He’s not much of a presence in most of the middle but still a good character nevertheless.

With the First Order, they aren’t fucking around. They are executing motherfuckers left and right and also a reminder while it’s back to its roots, this isn’t your pops’ Star Wars we’re dealing with although I’m not into the villains as much. Take Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver for example…..yeah, thinking upon it, I’m 50/50 on him. He can be a FORCE to reckon with….
*beaten with chopsticks for that stupid pun*…..Ow. OK. he’s intimidating when he has the mask on. Mask off and….he looks like a model for L’Oreal or either a member of some emo band. This is mostly a nitpick for me but the most underwhelming is Captain Phasma (Gwendolyn Christie), who’s basically an afterthought to me now that I’m thinking about it. Maybe she’ll progress more in the next one and General Hux, played by Domhall Glesson……..yeah, his speech made me terrified especially during that one scene. (And now I suddenly wish Hux and Dameron ran into each other and fight to the song “Get Down Saturday Night”…….most of you know why. Dumb reason…..it is but I can dream.) but I will give it Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, as the one motherfucker who makes shit woke……wow, that rhyme was shit.

Another performance in there is Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, who is like a Yoda-type but still a good character as her own. There is also a lot of cameos in the movie as well and they do their part well although I have one cameo I was disappointed but I really shouldn’t expect much from them although a taste could’ve been nice.

FINAL VERDICT: I’m eager to see what lies ahead of the new Star Wars trilogy and this one can get new people into the franchise without having to go back and watch the other movies although it would help if you do (or maybe a few select clips from that might help). A few retreads aside, this was an arousing fun adventure with invigorating characters, great action with practical effects (with some CGI in there), a few key nostalgia moments without being overly excessive and a good start of what’s to come later on.

The Force has awaken me and it gets a

9/10 – Low FIRST CLASS

And if Abrams was your problem here overall….at least Rian Johnson is doing Episode VIII. Oh yeah, there’s Rogue One with Gareth…..Edwards. Oh.

 

Until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, and yes, I notice John Boyega is sweaty a lot in the movie. You’d be, too, from the shit he witnessed.

 

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS – courtesy of LucasFilm Ltd. / Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios

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