Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Theatrical)

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7.82 h 18 min2015X-RayPG-13
As a new threat to the galaxy rises, Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, an ex-stormtrooper, must join Han Solo and Chewbacca to search for the one hope of restoring peace. Experience the motion picture event of a generation in The Force Awakens.
Directors
J.J. Abrams
Starring
Harrison FordMark HamillCarrie Fisher
Genres
Science FictionAdventureAction
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English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
No respect for the audience by simply remaking Star Wars A New Hope
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When I saw this film in the theater I really liked it. It seemed like a good reboot to the Star Wars franchise. Unfortunately upon further viewing I have come to enjoy it less and less.

The basic problem is that it is just the first Star War movie rehashed. Instead of the Empire the First Order is now the bad guy. Instead of the young and inexperienced Luke Skywalker there’s Rey played by Daisy Ridley. Instead of Darth Vader there is Kylo Ren in some horrible casting played by Adam Driver Vader’s grandson. Instead of the desert planet of Tatooine there’s the desert planet of Jakku. Instead of the movie starting with Princess Leia being captured by the bad guys but not before she puts some important information for the rebels inside a little robot that escapes, it’s pilot Poe Dameron played by Oscar Isaac that’s caught and puts data into his bot BB-8 that escapes. And of course the bot is found by the hero aka Skywalker who is Rey in this film, and the information leads to an old and wise Jedi Knight Obi Wan in the original and Skywalker in this version. Finally, what is a Star Wars flick without a Death Star, this time called Starkiller Base. That means you can guess how this ends. It’s like the writers and director had no respect for the audience at all, and didn’t want to spend the time coming up with an original story.

The only really good new twist to the film was the arrival of Han Solo played by Harrison Ford and Chewbacca played by Peter Mayhew because they added some levity to the story. Otherwise just watch Star Wars A New Hope. It’s a far better movie.
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NimitsTexanReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
More "Inclusive," Less Interesting Version of "A New Hope"
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Extremely derivative of the original Star Wars movie (an act for act, if not a scene for scene, remake) with even more special effects and bigger plot holes. It is almost as if those making the movie decided that be simply making the main character female and minimizing the presence of white, male actors for the good guys, they could avoid wasting time on trivial things like plot and story telling.
96 people found this helpful
Susan E. GasslerReviewed in the United States on April 4, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best of the New Trilogy By A Legends Fan
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This is the best overall film of the New Trilogy thusfar. The Last Jedi is hyper controversial and philosophical [and I actually love it because It explores a tough subject matter, disillusionment among Jedi and Sith and rebirth of faith in the Force]. The Force Awakens captures a glint of the glory, awe, and wonder of A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back.

The Force Awakens is superior to the Prequels/Anakin Skywalker Arch because it invests in the characters ans builds on tjeir realtionahips realistically, similar to A New Hope: common objective, common enemy, team work anx etc oppose to the Prequels more complex political alliances, and emphasis on Zoroastrian and Dualist ideologies. The Force Awakens is pure fun, with enough lore and wonder to keep it from being campy or a total knock off.

In particular I applaud J.J. Abrams for his handling of Kylo Ren as a villain. He isn’t a Vader clone or Darth Maul cult creating character, he is the antithisis, unsurd of himself and conflicted, his insecurity and tryingvto overshadow it with Dark Side prowess makes him actuslly more relatable than the dogmaticism of Darth Vader. Kylo Ren is a Sith for a new generatiok, that no doubt may carry the same conflict inside.

Rey who has been labeled a Mary Sue, is acruslly refreshing. Men have had plenty of Jedi and Force affilates to choose from: Luke Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and maby more; girls and women have only ad Aayla Secura and Ahsoka Tano for female Jedi and they are aliens not humans like Rey. [Legends fans have had Bastila Shan and Mara Jade Skywalker for major human female Jedi].

Finn and Poe both are welcome heroes, one a former stormtrooper and the other a resistance pilot. Their dialogue during their escape from The First Order at the beginning of the Force Awakens always gives me a good chuckle.

I want to seal this review by stating I am a Legends/EU die hard who knows Dash Rendar, Exar-Kun, Ulic-Quodroma, Mara Jade, Revan, Darth Plagueis, Prince Xinor, the Jed’Daii (proto-Jedi tribes), Ashla and Bogan (Light and Dark Side), Force Grip is a grey power (light or dark depending on who you are using it on), and so much more. I have been following the Legends, called Expanded Universe when I was young, and I enjot the Force Awakens.
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Long LegsReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Worst of Star Wars Franchise - Major let down
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Spoiler alert.
Pros:
Good millennium falcon chase scene
Chewy's crossbow is finally shot and is comically over-powered

That's all the good parts of this movie

Cons:
Totally uninspired plot. Dark Side hunting down rebel, I mean resistance scum. Sneak into Station and disable the shield generators for the 3rd time. Fly down a trench amidst blaster fire to destroy a space weapon controlled by the dark side that can annihilate entire planets. (drawing paralells to the previous movies is one thing, but this is lazy writing)
Too much CGI
Soccerball droid
R2D2 missing for 3/4 of movie
Poorly written dialogue
Han Solo's son is EMO/GOTH
Nonsensical monsters and pointless plot filler
They killed Han Solo when Carrie Fisher was the one looking half dead in the movie
A person who just picked up a light saber FOR THE FIRST TIME fights someone so adept in the ways of the dark side they can stop blaster fire telepathically, and wins
It's filmed in a way that doesn't feel like a star wars, big action shots, giant panoramas, it's more like some garbage transformers action movie
John Williams fell utterly short of his usual mark in regards to the score of the movie.

This wasn't a bad movie but it is the WORST Star Wars movie. An autobiographical musical pic about JAR JAR BINKS would have been better.

I was so close to giving this one star. It hurt a lot to see something I loved so much fall so low. Never again tho!
37 people found this helpful
BertReviewed in the United States on October 6, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I waited for a good price.
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This movie continues a world changing series of films that literally helped usher in updated 'space adventure' movies.
Really well written and paced. Seems to fix in the timeline accurately and has all the elements you seek from a Star Wars movie. Wonderful vistas, intense and exciting when it should be and fun for anyone over 10 years old.
Like all used items, I wait for a while to see the price averages and when I see a good deal I jump on it. Once you have it, and if you're a sci-fi fan, it'll be on your shelf forever and will be viewed over and over with something new that you missed each time. Buy w confidence.
26 people found this helpful
Potato HatReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Although it was a good start, it was a bit too 'Retro'
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I appreciated TFA and, after the release of The Last Jedi, I think I appreciate it more. Although I don't consider the story to be a finely crafted work of art, it certainly had the makings to serve as a launching pad for the remaining episodes in the new trilogy.

The new characters were played well. Rey's background is shrouded in mystery which, for the sake of storytelling, wouldn't have been a smart move to reveal in the opening movie. I like that JJ Abrams kept her story mostly secret as I assumed (incorrectly, it would seem) that this would be picked up on in the following movie. What I didn't appreciate, however, was how Rey suddenly became a Jedi Master with no explanation. Her story went from a well developed and progressing girl (from a character progression perspective) trying to find her new way in the fight to save the galaxy, to being a Master of everything she touches. I hesitate to use the common catchphrase 'Mary Sue' but there's really no other way to put it. Every Force user in the SW saga underwent training. From Anakin/Vader to Luke, to the now Legends characters like Reven and Darth Bane, they all showed a progression in their pursuit of force mastery. All except for Rey. Her defeating Kylo Ren in a duel, a guy who's been training his entire life under the tutelage of Luke Skywalker and Snoke, was a bit of dog and pony show. Having only been the second time she touched a lightsaber and the first time she turned one on (how did she even know how to turn it on?) she showed no signs of fumbling about. From this point on, all the way to the conclusion of The Last Jedi, Rey's character shows no progression at all. She's a master...of everything.

I like the chemistry between Rey and Finn although he seems a bit reckless at times. I also don't know how it's possible to survive being sliced across the back with a lightsaber but what do I know. Although I appreciate his enthusiasm in the story, I ultimately see him as a flat character in the overarching story. As with Rey, Finn has little to no backstory other than being a storm trooper and, given his training as a storm trooper, seems rather undisciplined. You'd except the opposite and possibly a leadership role given his history.

It was great to see Han Solo and Chewy onscreen again. It was equally amazing that Perter Mayhew himself reprised the roll of Chewbacca despite his physical ailments. Although many were upset at Solo's death, I felt that it was inevitable and also a good ending to his character. It was a heroic way to go while attempting to save his son.

The reason behind the three stars was not only because of what I listed above, but also because the storyline was unoriginal. It was a direct copy of the original SW with finding the new character on a desert planet, character discovers force powers, bring in the mentor (Solo), mentor is killed, blow up giant space station, party at the rebel base. I was left unimpressed by the writing of this as I felt they played it too safe. SW has always been about being on the cutting edge with original story, special effects and music. While I feel that two of those feats were met, the story came up short in originality. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it, but I would've 'loved' it if they'd tried to be a little more original with it.

Still, I feel it's a good and safe start to the new trilogy, even if Rian Johnson ultimately wrecked everything that JJ Abrams had built up.
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RthienesReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Geek heaven
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Star wars was a film series that defined my youth. I have owned all of them at some point or another in a variety of formats and have all but memorized them from watching them over and over.
I also have been on love with 3d since my youth. I bought a 3d tv and blu ray years ago, but the Star Wars series was not done in 3d...until The Force Awakens. No matter how many times I'd seen the movie, adding the full, Rich 3d made it come alive. The sound is rich and vibrant with the epic John Williams sound track.
The behind the scenes features are informative and entertaining for those who love to know how it's done and what all goes into the production of the film.
Even the case is a work of art. From its attractive, 3d artwork on the cover to the beautifully collectors item inserts, this set seems like it should be far more expensive than it actually is.
Whether you loved the film or are a critic, the power of the production on this product is admirable. Well done, folks. Well done.
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John D. PryceReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
The first hour - minus the first scene - was good
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Mauler wasn't kidding when he said the opening scene on Jakku where Kylo Ren was searching for the map didn't make any sense - and he was also right when he said it was clearly meant to be a bad ripoff of Darth Vader's opening scene in A New Hope.

Finn escaping with Poe was good - except why was Finn so comfortable murdering people who were his comrades literally an hour ago? If they were all brainwashed children like him, they were no more morally responsible for what they've become than he was. Most of Finn's other scenes in the film were fine - except for the plot armor he had against the tentacle creatures on Han's freighter. All the other victims were insta-killed, but somehow he survives for almost a full minute while the creature inexplicably doesn't eat him.

Most of what happens with Rey is good until the interrogation with Kylo Ren. At that point she becomes a Mary Sue, and it steadily gets worse from then on, culminating with her soundly defeating Ren in a lightsaber duel literally less than half a day after leaning that lightsabers weren't mythical.

Kylo was mostly interesting - except for the duel with Rey - but a lot of his decisions make no sense at all, even in light of how irrational he's portrayed to be.

I hate that they made Han and Leia estranged divorcees. There was no reason not to let them have a happy life together. Nothing in the plot requires this. And no - their estrangement was clearly not caused by Kylo's rampage with Luke, given how Leia says "that's why *I* sent him to Luke". I, not we.

And the fact that they admitted that they reduced what was originally going to be a major role for Luke because they were such terrible writers that they couldn't handle having him in the story is just more evidence that Disney bought this property without knowing what they were getting into.
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