IMDb Rating: 8,0/10
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams
Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac
We finally arrive at the third phase of a new generation “Star Wars” franchise. For the first time, I thought this movie was one of the ones I anticipated for the most even I always watching the trailer itself. Well, it’s not quite into my expectation but at least able to provide some good aspects of this movie. I also remember that this film is one of the most overhyped, including in Indonesia itself just because Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian which people outside of Indonesia only know them from “The Raid” movie. With all that overhyped, I just laughed because ironically, people just wanted to watch this movie just because the actors who just passed by and they didn’t even understand the story because they didn’t have some basic knowledge about “Star Wars.” It mixed some opinions about “The Force Awakens.” Some say that this movie is even worse than the prequel, some also love it. The first time I watched this movie too, I was so amazed by what was shown in this film, the nostalgic nuances, and the visual effects. The story doesn’t apply in this case, for the most part. “The Force Awakens” for me is nothing more than just “Star Wars” but exceeds from my own expectations.
30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire, Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, finds a BB-8 droid that knows the whereabouts of the long lost Luke Skywalker. Rey, as well as a rogue stormtrooper and two smugglers, are thrown into the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the daunting legions of the First Order.
Although the trailer itself has so many mysteries formulated by J.J. Abrams himself, I several notices when I first watch the trailer. Where is Luke Skywalker? We’ll discuss it later but first, we will focus more on J.J. Abrams. Just like when he directed “Star Trek,” “The Force Awakens” was nothing more than a reboot movie starting from the opening credit that impressed like “A New Hope,” a storytelling seems like an original “Star Wars,” the main innocent characters accidentally joined the misadventures along with the new characters, and slipping a variety of nostalgic trivia such as Han Solo and Chewbacca for the first time stepped on the Millennium Falcon and saying, “Chewie … we’re home.” It’s just giving a nuance after years of waiting for the next episode, especially hardcore fanboys from this trilogy. But, is this movie only focus on it? Bringing up something nostalgic especially in an exaggerated way is not a good idea. On the other side, “The Force Awakens” slips the old characters in the previous trilogy and introduces some new characters in addition to being like a new story for the new and old generation.
In “The Force Awakens,” a new adventure awaits the fans. The main character, Rey is a scavenger from the planet Jakku who suddenly falls to in a destiny and conflict which she had never thought of before. So, we will talk about this character first. A lot of people are called this character as Mary Sue and nothing more than that because it feels like everything by a chance, from how she controlled the force, doing a mind trick to Daniel Craig, and so skillfully at the lightsaber. So, it begs some more confused. This character also makes me wonder who is this. Is she a Luke Skywalker’s daughter or are there some events before “The Force Awakens“? Well, even though I haven’t seen “The Last Jedi” and “Rogue One,” we will have it for the next time. Next to Rey, there is Finn, a “useless” character both in terms of story and character. The two met in a situation which was never unexpected, helped each other, and together joined into a conflict against the First Order, a new antagonist faction after Empire. When watching this movie, I think Finn is the main character in this film. However, Finn sometimes helps in participating in these misadventures along with other characters even though it doesn’t change the facts.
Apart from J.J. Abrams provided various nostalgic events that were formulated so well, “The Force Awakens” was actually able to attract the new generation of fans in this trilogy. Just like introducing some new characters and still keeping the old characters, “The Force Awakens” gives some fanservice which is quite satisfying so for now, I feel this film is quite memorable. For the old characters, there is nothing more than Han Solo. Before proceeding, we really knew what really happened to Han Solo considering he is one of the most memorable and most interesting characters of the whole trilogy. It’s a twist that I never thought of with this character so we will never see it again for the next episode. There is Chewbacca who is still the best friend of Han Solo, quite interesting because they still love to make various jokes and puns in each scene. BB-8 is the new android in this episode with various characteristics. At first, I thought it wasn’t as annoying as Jar Jar Binks or the other but BB-8 managed to attract some attention to be one of the cutest things in this film.
Adam Driver as Kylo Ren is great and I guess I felt it when watching the trailer, Kylo Ren isn’t as cool as Darth Vader. However, he is one of the different antagonists, being himself despite making Darth Vader as the alter ego. Kylo Ren is so cool in every scene, anywhere, and whatever. This is the character of the appearance which looks different and is less human compared to Darth Vader. When talking about the visual effects, of course, “The Force Awakens” shows a modern sensation. A great appreciation for the visual effects and things related to it. Although the used of CGI feels like exaggerating and just hanging in there, I really liked this movie from any aspect including the characters to the plot. The film didn’t forget to bring everything in a memorable way including an emotional scene such as the little twist and all sorts of things related from the relationship between Finn and Rey, Poe Dameron as the badass pilot, Kylo Ren, and Han Solo, a warm meeting between Han Solo and Leia, and etc. Also, a few humor doesn’t destroy the nuances of this film so that everything shown in this movie feels natural, strong, and full of conflict.
For Luke Skywalker, is he being in this movie? The answer is definitely yes, but for some reason, many people are disappointed with the ending. Their reaction was almost the same as watching “The Empire Strikes Back” and just like, “I want more than anything.” For me, with an ending like that, this is what we needed in a trilogy until be told to the next film. Yeah, this movie will be one of the classics along with all of its trilogy for the future where people hated it first and love it for decades. I don’t know if that applies with “The Last Jedi” but, who knows? Some people also say that this episode is no more than a joke because too much humor is ruining everything. As I said, humor and stories seem balanced and didn’t ruin anything. For the actors, all of them show their performance. Harrison Ford as Han Solo, as usual, is one of the characters who still maintain his style, as well as Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. Adam Driver as Kylo Ren is actually great in this movie even more. Daisy Ridley as Rey is also cool because it’s so rare that “Star Wars” used female characters as the main focus. John Boyega as Finn also has its uniqueness despite being one of the “useless” characters in this film. Isaac as Poe Dameron is the badass as one of the pilots who are able to focus on the character. Bottom line, everything related to such an actor with an actress brings out their best performance.
“The Force Awakens” is able to attract some attention of young fans and of course adults that grown-up with the trilogy. Although this movie brings a variety of opinions, some people like it and some people hate it, “The Force Awakens” combines a nostalgia which is actually nothing more than a reboot but so memorable and remarkable. A variety of twists are given with a pretty strong emotional and humor which at least draws some laugh, this is a movie which combines all those elements. Of course, with the visual effects and John Williams‘ scores which are still impressed in, “The Force Awakens” is highly recommended for fans of the young generation and of course those who have followed this series for a long time.