Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

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Max Koop, Blueprint Media Reviewer


The wait is over and it has been for 2 weeks… It’s been busy so sorry for the holdup.

When I review I’m as honest as possible and I’m gonna say this… The. Force. Awakens. Is. Not. Amazing. It’s not bad either. I, like everybody else, went into this movie hyped as hell. Was I satisfied? Yes. Am I excited for Episode 8? Yes. Was this movie amazing? No. Let me explain myself. This movie is good. It was a good return to a universe we’ve been waiting to see again for a long time. This movie is not nearly as good as people are saying it is. First though I’ll tell you the positives.

First of all the strongest aspect were most of the new characters. Rey was so interesting and a very likable character. Finn was ok he was really there to move the story forward I felt and had no impact on an emotional level. Kylo Ren was good but needs to keep on that mask cause he’s more intimidating with it on. BB-8 was awesome as was Poe Dameron. Oscar Issac keeps proving to me that if you throw him in something he will automatically be good, like in Ex Machina. Speaking of Ex Machina, Domhnall Gleeson was surprisingly good as a d-bag general. The only character that was a complete waste was Captain Phasma. They showed her off like the new Boba Fett. She was in the movie for like 2 minutes then she’s never seen again.

The action in this movie was pretty cool. The special effects are good too except for some of the CG characters but they weren’t in the movie much. I also love how this movie went back to the original roots with using mostly practical effects and models and costumes. The score from John Williams was great as expected from Star Wars.

This movie also managed to keep my interest. When the end came along I did want more. Seeing an old face at the end did manage to put a smile on my face and make me demand more.

Lastly, this movie felt like a Star Wars movie with good humor, nice characters, and fun. It was better than Phantom Menace.


The problems I have with this movie is that it’s basically redux of the first movie. Droid has important info and has to leave owner. Finds someone that can take them to give out this info. Leaves home to find rebels. Finds out they’re a Jedi. Have to go rescue girl. In the process character that has a history with villain gets killed by the villain. Hero tries to fight the villain. Hero gets separated during the fight. The End.

Does that not sound familiar to you? It’s a little in depth but seriously. I didn’t even mention the empire base is just another death star and that it gets destroyed and that it can blow up planets. It can’t be a coincidence that the first movie is the director’s favorite of the saga.

A few actors and actresses that are extremely talented are wasted. Like Lupita Nyong’o, she was in 12 Years a Slave, she could’ve been good but she was covered in CG. Max von Sydow had a stupid cameo than was killed. If you’re going to cast very talented people give them something good to work with.

Lastly, the death of Han Solo. This was dumb. For a year, we’ve been seeing Han Solo and getting excited to see him again. While it is good to see him again why to kill him off. Are you bringing back a favorite to make the fans happy and then killing him? Why did they think that was a good idea?

I just need to mention one more thing. Whenever Leia showed up her face distracted me and made me laugh every time. Please just CG her face or something because it’s distracting.

So overall the new Star Wars was good but for me, I thought it was overrated. It’s still enough to satisfy longtime fans and maybe even bring in new ones. I’d give this movie a 7/10 Wilhelm screams. Keep a lookout for a review I’m pumped for.