While Star Wars became one of the biggest movie series well before I was born, I remember wishing for a sequel trilogy, and I only could imagine what it would be like. The prequel films were disappointing yes, but when it was announced that J.J. Abrams would direct (instead of George Lucas) I was relieved as he did an excellent job with the new Star Trek movies. Fans have literally waited decades for this movie, but does it live up to the hype?
About 30 years have passed since the events of Return of the Jedi. Luke Skywalker has vanished to a far-away planet, even Leia and Han don’t know where he is. The New Republic stands strong, but rising from the ashes of their old enemy comes The First Order which wants to bring back the days of the fallen Galactic Empire. Most in The First Order believe that destroying Luke Skywalker is the key, and they are searching the galaxy in the hopes to find him.
There is one clue to Luke’s location, which was hid in the droid BB8. A girl named Rey finds BB8 and the droid trusts her enough to stay with her. They meet up with Finn, who was a Stormtrooper who defected after his first battle. They two eventually come across legends of the last war, and they’ll need all the help they can get.
That’s because Kylo Ren is after the clue that lies inside BB8. He is obsessed with facing Luke Skywalker, and taking up the legacy of the former Sith Lord Darth Vader. He wields a powerful light-saber and is extremely strong with the Force. Rey and Finn have no Jedi to train from, so can they defeat this new sinister foe?
Did The Force Awakens meet my every expectation? I don’t believe that’s literally possible. Kylo Ren is no Darth Vader, but I really liked him but I wished they gave his story more time. Even though he’s not played the character in three decades, Harrison Ford is still the man as Han Solo. I also thought Rey was a great new character, but I felt Finn was far weaker than I expected him to be. It’s not the perfect movie, but I don’t think that many fans will be upset.