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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Staff review of the new Star Wars

by: Eron Powell

With the newest Star Wars out, all of the entertainment world has been buzzing with excitement about the awesome fight scenes, the tender love story, and the amazing resemblance to the original trilogy.

While we can’t deny the love the movie is receiving, nor the sheer amount of great special effects that the movie has packed into it, some of us Star Wars lovers left the movie theater with a rather bitter taste in our mouths.

It wasn’t bad… In fact most of us who are critical rather enjoyed it. But the simple fact is, we wanted something more, something better from the biggest movie in the history of movies.

What we didn’t want is what we got, a big movie jammed packed full of shout-outs to the original three, cheesy scenes that made us face-palm and a story line we had already seen twice in IV and VI, and our disappointment pretty much started from the first thing we saw with an absolute retro “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away…”

Now that’s not to say we didn’t enjoy it, I absolutely loved it. It reinvigorated the child-like mind that loved the original three, but five or six minutes in I pretty-much knew the entire plot. The only real surprise angered me more than anything but as I’ve thought about it, that was probably the best part of the show.

Other major problems the few who didn’t lose their minds overStar Wars VII have is that we actually enjoyed I, II, and III. I know it’s pretty much a crime in modern culture, but we loved to see all the science fiction cities, the republic’s politics, and new technology that we could take away and go “Wow, they thought outside the box on that one.” and that is what we, or at least I personally really wanted, but with the exception of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber wedidn’t really get any of that. We understand that first three, meaning I, II and III didn’t capture the essence of the IV, Vand VI, but J.J. Abrams took it too far the other way, and we felt that was directly in face of the first three which we actually liked and grew up with.

With all that being said, I really enjoyed Star Wars VII. It didn’t have the best plot but it did that in a very cool way, and for the most part I was on the edge of my seat the whole movie and was touched by the budding relationship Rey and Finn were developing, but in the end I felt I was trying too hard to like it. It lacked something and that something was George Lucas.

Though J. J. Abrams is a great director, Star Wars was not his greatest work, because Star Wars wasn’t his work. Even though you can believe George Lucas destroyed Star Wars you can’t deny it was his, and without him Star Wars VII just wasn’t the same.

To put simply what I have been trying to convey to those who can’t see why people didn’t like it is that, most of us did actually like it but if someone had told us it was a spoof of IV, V and VI, we would have walked out of the theater believing them wholeheartedly.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Kaoura Harper



The Student News Site of Madison High School