The Force Awakens

Review of Star Wars Episode VII, character analysis praise new sci-fi installation

As the premise of the newest installation of “Star Wars” — Episode VII — scrolled up the screen in yellow font, I ate up every word. My parents had told me about going to the movie theatre on a date to see Episode V — “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980, which seemed like forever ago.

I could hardly believe that I was seeing a new episode in theatres. It felt surreal.

“The Force Awakens” was one of those movies that I was able to completely immerse myself in.

Nothing existed except Rey, Finn, BB-8 and the glorious whooshing of lightsabers in crystal clear Digital 7.1 Sound.

Afterwards, I was so enamored with the plot, characters and special effects that this movie now tops my list of all-time favorite movies — currently at least.

Episode VII has all of the perfect ingredients mixed, formed, and baked into the perfect sci-fi cake that fans are just dying to eat.

First of all, the storyline is detailed and intricate, yet not to the point of being confusing. “The Force Awakens” has a great plot base. I’ll try not to spoil anything, but there may or may not Death Star-like problem, and it may or may not get taken care of. But after all, there are bigger mysteries — like where is Luke Skywalker? (Spoiler alert: He’s on an island, but apparently he isn’t very good at the “If I was stranded on a deserted island I would take…” game, because he doesn’t appear to have anything with him except some kind of staff.)

The episode also introduces some great new characters.

Rey, equipped with a classic hero-like moral compass, has the perfect balance of mystery and charm to be a successful lead character.

And despite what anyone says, Kylo Ren is a strong villain. Critics say that he “isn’t as strong with the force as Rey” just because she beat him with no formal training. Ren can use the force to bend the minds of others, which not even Darth Vader could do, and I believe there’s more to him than what we’ve seen so far.

(Also, side note: If you haven’t followed the “Emo Kylo Ren” account on Twitter, you’re missing out. The “Very Lonely Luke” one is pretty great, too.)

Along with the addition of many great new characters, it’s always good to see old favorites like Leia, Chewy, and Han Solo again.

All I can say is that I’m excited for my next trip to a galaxy far, far away.