The (Nostalgia) Force Awakens
A long time ago (well, Dec.18), in a galaxy right here, the long-awaited seventh
installment in the Star Wars series premiered on the big screen. Along with thousands of other fans, I rushed to the theaters to find out if it would live up to everyone’s dreams and expectations.
While some were not so thrilled by the film, I found it pretty enjoyable. Of course, some of the fun comes from all the hype — the memes, the jokes, Saturday Night Live skits, and comparing cats to Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) — but the movie itself was very good. Director J.J. Abrams created a true people-pleaser, and even though a small portion of viewers weren’t satisfied, most of us were given exactly what we wanted out of the new movie.
In “The Force Awakens,” thirty years have passed since the defeat of the Galactic Empire, but the galaxy faces a new threat in the form of Kylo Ren, the powerful grandson of Darth Vader and the leader of the First Order.
Things get interesting when Rey, a young female scavenger from the planet Jakku, finds a droid who contains information on the location of Luke Skywalker, the long-lost and only remaining Jedi Knight. Rey teams up with a defecting Stormtrooper known as Finn, Han Solo, and Chewbacca to bring this information to The Resistance and bring down the evil First Order in the process.
But defeating Kylo Ren won’t be so easy.
There were lots of things that I enjoyed about this movie. I liked the idea of a Stormtrooper having feelings and thoughts. Prior to The Force Awakens, Troopers were seen as emotionless clones, but FN-2187, renamed Finn by Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, is different. He defects from the First Order in pursuit of a peaceful life before getting caught up in The Resistance.
Another aspect that I liked was the return of familiar characters, and that’s something that I look forward to in the next film. Seeing Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford back in action really brought some nostalgia to the movie. There was definitely plenty of action, including, of course, an intense lightsaber battle towards the end–classic–as well as copious amounts of blasters and explosions.
So, to sum it up, it’s a Star Wars movie. And it’s great. And honestly, this movie is perfect for any Star Wars fan. I personally felt like it was a well-executed next chapter to the series and am excited to see what J.J. Abrams will bring us next.