By Derrick Ernst
Director: J.J. Abrams │Running Time: 135 minutes │Rated: PG-13 │Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi │Notable Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford
“[Looking at Finn.] I have lived long enough to see the same eyes in different people. I see your eyes…I know your eyes.” – Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o)
As the lights dim and ever familiar chords rattle one’s ears, there is a strange feeling in the air. Illuminating sword lights remain in the on position, aficionados get settled in their homemade customs, and peculiar jargon slowly ceases. This is not your typical movie-going experience.
There is an unusual suspicion about the make-up of the theater’s audience. Seats that take up the entirety of the room, are not occupied by those who are close to the thirteen years of age proposal, but by parents who seemingly left their children at home. Being that the saga has been uniquely constructed, the seventh installment has undoubtedly attracted a more diverse crowd.
Immediately breaking way to screen, the running executive summary that was first popularized by, conveniently, the first Star Wars film, relieves any wary spectators may have had going in. This would not be the only time native content makes an appearance throughout the duration of the film. Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues the legacy of the Star Wars franchise, utilizing up-to-date technologies, while maintaining novel familiarity. While new characters are fashioned as a result of the film’s creation, it is the well-known personalities that fans have envied for years, in which brings jubilancy throughout.
With its distinct use of intercutting scenes, humorous dialogue that seemingly always comes at the right times, and the chemistry that persists amongst a star-studded cast, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an exceptional cinematic masterpiece. The film remains in fourth gear for the better part of two-plus hours, keeping one on the edge of their seat and longing for more. Action sequences are all of what has come to be expected, while clarity is never put into question. Although I would have liked to see more use of the lightsaber in said situations, it wasn’t enough to put a damper on the film.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a must see for not only fans of the franchise, but those who appreciate a film that is capable of connecting on all ends of the spectrum. While there were some faults with the assembly of the film, although particular in nature, such do not distort overall complexion. If anything, my only complaint comes from not the film itself, but the vast amount of chatter that persisted throughout the theater. This came as a result of many being uncertain of the events that had and were taking place on-screen. Perhaps a review of the previous six Star Wars films could have prevented this from occurring. As an alternative, if you cannot commit enough time to fulfill this endeavor, the wonderful tool of YouTube contains countless summarization videos to aid you in this undertaking.