(Warning: contains spoilers)
When anyone of relative intelligence hears the words “Star Wars,” they think of splendor, adventure, and intrigue as never before seen on the big screen (excluding the prequels, of course). However, with the recent release of Episode VII: The Force Awakens, the series took on a new set of connotations — disappointment, redundancy and mediocrity.
The Force Awakens is the tale of Rey, a young prodigy with the force who, thanks to fortunate circumstances, leaves her home desert planet aboard the Millennium Falcon.
A droid who carries invaluable plans that could aid the rebel force against the empire travels with her. She goes on to become friends with Han Solo and Chewy, and eventually joins the rebel force alongside them. Meanwhile, an evil empire, led by a dark lord of the force, is building a weapon of mass destruction with which it plans to destroy planets occupied by the rebel force. The movie culminates when Rey is called upon to use her grit and power with the force to save the rebel force – and the freedom of the galaxy – from the evil empire.
Sounds like an interesting movie, right? If you said yes, I would strongly agree with you.
But something feels strangely familiar… Let us briefly catch up on Episode IV: A New Hope.
A New Hope is the tale of Luke, a young prodigy with the force who, thanks to fortunate circumstances, leaves his home desert planet aboard the Millennium Falcon. With him travels a droid who carries invaluable plans that could aid the rebel force against the empire. He goes on to become friends with Han Solo and Chewy, and eventually joins the rebel force alongside them. Meanwhile, an evil empire, led by a dark lord of the force, is building a weapon of mass destruction with which it plans to destroy planets occupied by the rebel force. The movie culminates when Luke is called upon to use his grit and power with the force to save the rebel force – and the freedom of the galaxy – from the evil empire.
…And therein lies the fatal flaw of Star Wars: Episode VII — it is simply a rerun of Episode IV. It might as well be called “Episode IV, but with a girl this time.”
And no matter how many pretty explosions and cinematic effects they may have implemented, the movie remains rotten and unoriginal at its core.
Not only did the new Star Wars steal its entire plot from Episode IV, but it tried to steal the general vibe of other successful movies.
I am certainly not alone in saying that the new Star Wars did not feel like a Star Wars movie ought to.
Justice, honor, mystery, and self-discovery – these are the feelings that have always been associated with Star Wars movies… Until Episode VII, in a feeble grasp at the humorous appeal of Marvel movies, decided to implement multiple things that do not belong in a Star Wars movie.
For one, the character of Poe Dameron – an obvious attempt to capture the lovable character of Tony Stark, Dameron proves to be nothing but an annoyance who detracts from the vibe that Star Wars movies should emanate (Was anyone else disappointed when they found out he wasn’t dead?)
Additionally, the cliche of the wayward son was much too overplayed in The Force Awakens. Kylo’s whining and general angst got old real quick, and was so overemphasized that it not only left no room for mystery (as good Star Wars villains should), but also made his murder of Han Solo easily predictable.
Full to the brim with fluff such as this, The Force Awakens also found no time for actual character development, and left moviegoers wondering way to much about the main characters.
Rey and Kylo, for instance, are flat characters whose personalities are force fed to the audience, rather than developed through any kind of insightful scenes or dialogue. Not to mention the fact that Rey suddenly becomes much too strong with the force by the end of the movie… Episode VII didn’t even make time for Rey to be developed or trained, yet moviegoers are expected to believe that over the course of the movie, she somehow magically figures out how to use the force effectively and fight with a lightsaber?! Simply laziness on the part of the filmmakers.
The Force Awakens is no more than a rank concoction of underdeveloped characters following stolen plots in a movie which is untrue to the legacy of its name, and thus deserves a special place in the annals of the “bad movies hall of fame.”