We clearly remember the first times we watched the original Star Wars trilogy - it was 1997, because of the twenty years of the first film, the three original features were re-released in theaters around the world. We were immediately captivated by the franchise and, in The Empire Strikes Back, whose ticket we still keep under lock and key, you can imagine our shock when Luke lost his hand and soon afterwards discovered that his father was Darth Vader! Since then we have lost count of how many times we have re-watched each of the films in the saga, but it must have been many, since we know some of Jabba's lines by heart (really). Long before any high school sweetheart, Star Wars was our first crush and remains the strongest, watch now this movie and keep enjoying this classic franchise.
But why do we get into these personal details? Simply to make it clear how difficult it is to write a review of something we love, especially when the work in question has its undeniable defects. Were it just for our fan side we would immediately give five stars to The Force Awakens - regardless of his slips we still get goosebumps every time Kylo Ren's ship descends for the first time in Jakku, when Finn yells at Poe “did you see that? DID YOU SEE THAT? ”, Or when Dameron shows, destroying countless ties, that it is“ one heck of a pilot ”and we let a little tear escape when Luke Skywalker, who has not appeared on screen since The Return of the Jedi, takes off his hood. That said, know that the three and a half stars of this review does not mean that the force is not with Episode VII.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens definitely has one of the best early stretches of the franchise, alongside A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, of course. Through a parallel montage that literally takes your breath away, as the JJ Abrams film gives us little breathing space, we are introduced to the new main characters of this trilogy: Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Like the first work launched in this universe, we started with a Star Destroyer on canvas, orbiting the desert planet Jakku. We see ships leaving this gigantic cruiser and we jump into a cabin, in which Dameron talks to Lor San Tekka (Max von Sydow), introducing us, immediately to the main point of the narrative: the search for Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).
What we see next is one of the elements that most differentiates this new entry from the franchise from what came before. We witness firsthand the horrors perpetrated by the First Order, successor to the Empire. It is not that something similar has not already been shown in the franchise, after all the destruction of Alderaan and the death of Luke's uncles continue as great shocks for the first-time sailor in this universe. The point is that the cruelty of the First Order becomes palpable and is displayed in a darker tone than what we are used to seeing in Star Wars. The presence of blood itself is noteworthy, since we only had that in Episode IV.
As important as revealing the nature of this organization in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, however, is the construction of Finn's character, who is already introduced as a person shaken by what he sees in that small village, watch online the movie to understand better. He is the most human in stormtroopers, who, until then, were shown as almost machines, following orders blindly. Other than that, Ren's figure is already beginning to be worked on in this opening sequence, something that will deepen in the rest of the film. Notice how he crouches down to talk to Poe, a very representative action to put him on the same level as the other characters. The figure of Vader, with slow movements, perfectly controlled, is deconstructed, in this man who wants to mirror his grandfather we see impulsiveness, emotions out of control, especially uncertainty.
In the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, despite copying A New Hope almost entirely, The Force Awakens manages to acquire a soul of its own. It's a safer bet from Disney, which shows all its strength through the acting work of the entire cast, directed by JJ Abrams, who very well knows what is necessary for us to be involved in the drama shown on the screen and, of course , due to the obvious respect for all mythology created since 1977. Agile, cohesive, dramatic and definitely fun, Episode VII brings the franchise to a new generation, proving, once and for all, that the force has not abandoned Star Wars.