Star Wars: The Force Awakens
There was much anticipation for the new Star Wars movie directed by J.J. Abrams. New and old fans alike gathered at the theaters eagerly waiting to see a stunning display of cinematography and the same timeless characters every Star Wars fan has come to love. But did J.J. Abrams and his team come through for the fans? I would be inclined to say no. Granted there were many positive things about the film, but let us delve into why The Force Awakens left fans with something to be desired.
Let us discuss the plot which is obviously one of the most essential parts of any movie. In the Force Awakens, a young abandoned child seeks purpose and fulfillment on a small sandy planet. The child wants to do great things, but is deprived of this greatness due to a restraining reality. At the same time, a ruthless dictator wishes to take over and rule all planets and people. He is willing to do whatever it takes to please his Master even if it means killing those he loves. Wait! This sounds ironically similar to the opening scenes of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. In all reality the only changes that I see from Episode IV and Episode VII is a gender change of our protagonist and some skin-variations of other characters. I wouldn’t even mind Abrams’s film if it had only lived up to the original. But Kylo Ren lacks all the intrigue and intimidation that Darth Vadar portrayed in the original films. Also Rey is a whining, non-deserving version of Luke Skywalker. These poorly rewritten versions make Episode VII a disappointing sequel to a spectacular saga.