Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Directed by JJ Abrams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings together both the old and new with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Max von Sydow all staring in Episode VIII of the Star Wars franchise. Continuing on from the evens of Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens continues with balanced being restored to the force, as the First Order rises from the ashes of the Empire. Shifting the balance of the force will tilt in the favour of however discovers the whereabouts of the last Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker.
After the production of the Star Wards prequels, I was very sceptical about the “reboot” of the Star Wars franchise. JJ Abrams has however delivered on what is in my opinion, the best Star Wars film to date. I’ve read many critics slate the film, with Episode VII containing same narrative as A New Hope, but I think that it works in the films favour. I’m sure a lot of critics would criticise if Abrams took the universe in another direction. Superb debut performances from Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, who have been cast brilliantly in a role that transitions audiences from the old into the new. A superb spectacle of a film, that has been directed in a way that not only gives us some elements of nostalgia, but a fresh new adventure for Star Wars newbies. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a sequel that does not require anyone to watch the previous films, as fans, new and old will not be disappointed.

“You, you’re afraid that you’ll never be as strong as Darth Vader.” – Rey