Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review | A Forceful Reminder

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a great film but it is a better piece of Star Wars canon. That distinction is important.

I won’t spoil any details of the film’s narrative, as even though there are more explosions in Episode VII than Episodes I-VI combined the story is still the most compelling thing about it. What I can say is that it is a mix of familiar circumstances occurring within an unfamiliar context with a great cliffhanger ending that paves the way for an exciting future of the galaxy and the franchise.  

But before we can get to the future we the audience needs to be reassured that the filmmakers haven’t forgotten where we were before. Being reintroduced to Han Solo, Chewbacca, Leia and Luke and seeing the slight alterations on scene constructions from the previous films that I felt were put in just for me alone was fulfilling on so many levels.


Fans like me, and the world at large pinned their hopes on this film vindicating their love of the franchise despite the foul aura that the prequels left on it. I just wish that so much of the film wasn’t spent reminding us how much respect JJ Abrams has for the original trilogy as that nostalgia overload distracts from the best thing about The Force Awakens movie, the forging of a new path for the series that I can’t wait to be lead down.  

Leading the charge against the reinvigorated Empire, which is now known as the First Order are Rey, Finn and Poe. They are all perfectly suited to carry on the lightsabers and blasters for Luke, Leia and Han even when the roles they are filling are of a different race or gender. A special nod has to be given to Adam Driver’s portrayal of Kylo Ren, a villain that is as evil as he is tragic.

The Force Awakens is visually resplendent with both practical and computer generated special effects. And like everything else, the artistic design leans heavily into evoking the original trilogy while slightly updating it just enough to connote the fact that three decades have passed since we saw this technology in use.

Editor's Rating

Overall 85%
Overall the Force Awakens is exactly what you might have hoped for. But one piece of advice, ask the person you want to see it with if they can mimic the throaty growl of a Tusken Raider before going to see it, as they might not enjoy it quite as much as it deserves to be if they can't.
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Eliot Rolen

Eliot Rolen

While I've traveled the world since the tender age of 6 I have never been far from the world of video games. I currently live in the Netherlands and aim to provide an international perspective on gaming culture to the ravenous audience of Dual Pixels. My favorite genres are first or third person action-adventures and western role playing games. That being said, I play everything I can on my PS4 and PS Vita.