Movie: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
My Rating: 4 stars
This movie could have been a very big disappointment. A lot of people had so much of their emotional wellbeing wrapped up in it’s being good. And, that’s generally an omen of ill-tidings. There’s nothing more vicious and destructive than a disappointed nerd. And, this franchise doesn’t exactly have a good track record. Those prequels really didn’t live up to the general public’s expectations. And, people were trying so hard to fully embrace them. So I was a little bit nervous about how this return to the epic franchise would be received. Fortunately for society, and for nearby property owners, the movie was great! And, that’s a relief because I’m not sure my neighborhood would have been able to survive a hoard of rioting geeks.
But all kidding aside, I like these movies as well. So, I can’t hold myself very far above all those die-hard fans. (We had a lot of Imperial officers at my screening). What I appreciated most about this film is that it really brought back the mood and aesthetic of the original three. The prequels from the early 2000s felt very fantastical, colorful, and computer generated. But, this film brought us back to the more natural landscapes from the 70s and 80s films—the bleak desert-scapes and real forests. Plus, the themes are a little more personal, as they are in the original films. We aren’t dealing with trade embargoes and succession arguments. This film deals with fear, and loneliness, and compassion for others. (Of course, you can’t ever get away from the threat of an evil empire taking over the universe when it comes to these films, so there is a large scale element too).
I’d better not tell you too much about the plot of this film because I don’t want the Spoiler Police to come to my home and “take care of me” in my sleep. So, I’ll just leave you by strongly encouraging you to go see this movie—in the theater if at all possible. The big screen really brings the movie to life. Plus, it’s fun to share the experience with other people who are enthusiastic about the franchise. Although, I’m already anticipating watching this movie several more times at least at home.