Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
By now, I assume everyone who has been meaning to watch the new Star Wars has done so over the holidays, and from my personal sample it appears that opinions can be divided into two camps: die-hard fans of the originals absolutely loved it, while those who came to check out what the hype was about felt lukewarm about it. I definitely fall into the latter.
It’s not that I am unable to appreciate the remarkable universe the original movies created. In fact, I remember liking them a lot, both as a child and as an adult. The prequels seemed a bit silly but did not personally offend me. And neither does this new one. The Force Awakens is quite entertaining and has enough quirky characters and moments of nostalgia to keep things interesting. However, a huge leap into the 21st century it is not. Apart from introducing a more diverse set of characters (John Boyega and Keira Knightley replacement Daisy Ridley), there isn’t much progressive or new to see here. Star Wars fans probably like it so much, because it is very similar to the originals and, dare I say it, rehashed: the storyline, the aesthetic, everything. All of that’s nice and well, but I didn’t expect to see practically the same movie, just with different characters (and some of the same…). All in all, it’s good and calculated holiday entertainment, but I doubt it will make waves among the younger generations.