Star Wars: The Force is back

The Force Awakens poster

Thirty years has passed since the original trilogy concluded with Return of the Jedi. The epic struggle between the light and dark side of the Force has now been expanded thanks to the vision of the Mickey Mouse corporation.

When the news that Lucasfilm has been sold to Walt Disney Studios, the initial reaction was very mixed feelings to the die-hard fans.

What will become to the beloved series when the Disney ‘machine’ grinds out millions of dollars to promote the sequels in the future? The original episodes were perfect they said. Casting aside the dismal prequels as if it did not exist…

And yet, to everyone’s relief, Episode VII has restored faith. Thanks to the enthusiasm and attention to detail from J.J. Abrams.

Sure, the prequels by George Lucas left a bitter taste in the mouth to many with the somewhat average reception to Revenge of the Sith, considered to be ‘good’. But with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney have awaken the passion and fun behind this popular film franchise.

This film review will not be a spoiler but want I would like to express is my pure delight in the spectacle that is The Force Awakens. The thrilling X-Wing versus TIE fighter battles, the witty banter between the old crew and the new players, not forgetting the amazing lightsaber fights.

It was all very emotional to take in and yet, so exhilarating to experience. Director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy and the co-writer of the original trilogy Lawrence Kasdan have produced a masterpiece with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Rey and Solo

Seeing the old stars back once again with the likes of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher was touching. Even nostalgic. Yet, the weary faces shows how much their have aged since Return of the Jedi… At least Han Solo was up for the fight in the latest Star Wars.

The new players, in the shape of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Issac, were a Force to be reckoned with, pardon the pun. The trio were fun, energetic and bring a fresh take on the Star Wars universe of likable characters.


But my absolute favourite is BB-8. This little droid had the best moves. Rolling around and making beeping noises! Got a sense of humour too. BB-8 makes R2-D2 look like an antique. Sorry, C-3PO. Your buddy cannot match the wonder ball droid.

As for the villains, the stand out performances is definitely Adam Driver as Kylo Ren. A dangerous and troubled warrior with one of the most over-the-top lightsaber this galaxy has ever seen.

So does Star Wars: The Force Awakens live up to the massive hype? Yes. Definitely. J.J. Abrams has delivered the goods and I am so grateful it is great. Full of warmth, humour and terrific set-pieces.

The Force is strong with this one.