Fucking finally! I have waited for another good Star Wars movie since 1983, and it's finally here. Well, not literally 1983, i wasn't born then, but you get what i mean. I never thought we would get another one after that god awful prequel trilogy. Those didn't even feel like proper Star Wars movies, but this really did feel like a return to the franchise. From the moment that the title appeared on screen and the whole audience applauded to the end credits started i was smiling from ear to ear. The best thing George Lucas has done since he started this franchise was selling it to Disney. After watching this i think i hate those prequels even more. This just proves that George Lucas had no fucking clue what he was doing, and if he had given those movies to someone else we might have gotten something great again like this.
But lets actually talk about it now. I had only watched a couple of trailer before watching the movie so i pretty much knew nothing about this film before watching it. I knew about the returning cast and who the new villains and heroes were, but i knew nothing about them and i'm so happy i didn't. This movie had a lot of surprises in it that i didn't see coming. Both of the new main characters, Rey played by Daisy Ridley and Finn played by John Boyega, were excellent. They actually felt like real characters and not generic blank slates for for everyone in the audience to relate and see themselves in. Way too many Hollywood movies these days just take away more and more character traits for their main characters for that reason, but here they ignored that. Even in the prequels they made Anakin Skywalker as bland as possible so more people could relate to him, and he was supposed to be one of the greatest movie villains of all time.
And speaking of villains, Adam Driver was fantastic as Kylo Ren as well. He was my biggest concern before going in to this movie. I like him as an actor in movies like Inside Llewyn Davis, but i was afraid i was just gonna see him as the goofy hipster he usually plays and not as a worthy successor to Darth Vader, but man was i wrong. The more you find out about this character, the better he became. He is definitely on his way to be among the greatest movie villains of all time. There is especially one scene in the movie where he absolutely crushed me. I still can't believe what i saw. Others who have seen the movie knows exactly what i'm talking about.
But enough about the new guys, let's talk about the returning characters. Harrison Ford is back as Han Solo and i'm happy to report that this was a million times better than when he returned as Indiana Jones. With an actual good script backing him this time it finally felt like he gave a damn again and didn't just sleepwalk through the movie. He was fantastic and probably my favorite part of the movie. Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill were also good, but it's Harrison Ford that stole the movie. And Chewie of course. But that's one of my very few minor complaints as well. I wished they had some something to age Chewbacca a little bit too. If they had just given him a little grey fur here and there and aged his face a little it would have been perfect, but he looks exactly the same as he did in Return of the Jedi over 30 years ago. It actually bothered me more than it should have. But i'm not gonna let a minor detail like that drag this down for me.
Let's talk about J.J. Abrams now. He wasn't even on my list of top choices to direct this before he was announced and i remember feel pretty disappointed when he was. He was the Star Trek director and i felt like this was just gonna end up looking like the new Star Trek movies now instead of a Star Wars film. But damn did he prove me wrong. I don't think i saw a single lens flare in this entire movie. Now don't get me wrong, i love his Star Trek movies, but this was something completely different. This was a huge responsibility, but he pulled it off pretty much flawlessly.
Did i talk about the story yet, i don't know if i did. I'm kind of just rambling on at this point, but i thought the story was great as well. Now i doubt this is gonna win any awards for it's screenplay, but for a Star Wars movie it worked perfectly. The only gripe i had was the ending. It felt a little rushed right at the end and, spoilers i guess, the way the good guys win seemed a little too easy. They build up this new Death Star looking planet us as something way more terrifying and impossible to defeat than the last one, but it the end it almost seemed like it was easier than in the first movie. But i'm guessing this isn't gonna be the last we see from it. This is just the beginning of a new trilogy after all. And what a way to begin it was. I can't wait to see this again.
I watched it in 3D now because that was the only way they were showing it, and it looked good i guess. It didn't feel necessary at all though and next time i'm definitely catching it in 2D. The cinematography was way too good to be ruined by the darkening of the 3D glasses. So definitely check it out in 2D instead of 3D if you get the chance. This might be a little too early to say, but i think this is gonna end up as my second favorite Star Wars movie of all time. It didn't quite beat Empire Strikes Back, but it got pretty close at times. I know this review was pretty vague, but i wanted to keep it as spoiler free as possible. This is definitely a movie you should watch knowing as little as possible about first. Now we just have to wait for the next one...