Director JJ Abrams has crafted a masterpiece with the latest installment of Star Wars titled The Force Awakens. As soon as the film started with the proverbial scrolling verbiage the crowd broke into applause and we immediately got chills. The movie is one of the finest stories we’ve ever seen and Abrams working of it has all the actors at the top of their game and leaves no detail missing.
Each time familiar faces appeared such as Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2D2 and Princess Leia goosebumps appeared although we’ve never been the biggest Star Wars fans. We’ve seen all the installments, but never collected the toys or went to the conventions.
Once again, the score by John Williams is brilliant. The cinematography is also stellar as is the editing and sound design. We were amazed with what they were able to pull off. We saw the movie in Real 3D and felt like we were immersed in an epic space battle.
In the film Luke Skywalker is missing after being betrayed by one of his Jedi students. It’s up to newcomers Ray (Daisy Ridley), Stormtrooper turncoat Finn (John Boyega), pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) along with Han Solo and Chewbacca to complete a puzzle with one of the pieces being transported by new droid BB-8, one of the cutest things we’ve ever seen, that will lead them to Luke Skywalker’s whereabouts all while trying to save the galaxy from The Darkside.
The Darkside has eerily similarities to The New World Order even being called The First Order, while the “good guys” are called The Resistance. Han Solo and Princess Leia’s son Kylo Ren has joined The Darkside and wants to walk in the footsteps of Darth Vader. This can be compared to the fact that many people think Isis is government funded. In one scene The General of The Darkside gives a speech similar to Hitler with the Stormtroopers even giving a kind of Sieg Heil salute. The Stormtroopers were kidnapped by their families when they were young and brainwashed and trained to become super soldiers. That is reminiscent of the government mind-control programs that took place mainly in the 70’s in such projects as The Montauk Project. The Darkside even attempts to create a superweapon that features a particle blaster harnessing the power of the sun. To us that sounds a little too similar to CERN. Even the title of the film “The Force Awakens” can be linked to humanity having a new awakening.
Conspiracies aside, writers Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt and Abrams have created a story that immediately has become one of our favorites. This is one of the most solid casts we have ever seen. Of course, all the oldtimers are amazing and Rey (Daisy Ridley) gives a standout performance as she discovers and learns to use her new Jedi powers. We fell in love with BB-8 and would definitely love him to be under the Christmas tree. The scenery and set design also kept our eyes glued to the screen and end of the movie once again gave us chills and led us to think that we can’t wait for the next installment.