The premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens pulled in a whopping $119 million and led to a weekend total of $248 million gross profit. This film was monumental, and a huge success for the Star Wars franchise.
I will not include any major spoilers, but if you haven’t seen this movie by now, then that’s on you. If you are not a Star Wars fan, I don’t know what to tell you. The Force Awakens is much more appreciated if you have already seen the other movies in series.
Honestly, I don’t know where to begin with this film, because I was completely blown away with it. So I’ll start with the flaws, although in my book there aren’t many. The first complaint that I have heard by many is how closely similar The Force Awakens is to Star Wars: A New Hope. From the message in the droid and the Jedi on the desert planet, to the fight scenes, it can be related back to the first of the original trilogy, which came out in 1977. One movie reviewer on YouTube had a very good point: Star Wars movies all follow a formula, and this is why there are moments of similarity (Chris Stuckmann, The Force Awakens and Star Wars Formula - Analyzed Movie Review). I didn’t mind the similarities, one reason because of the other elements that director J.J. Abrams included, introducing other storylines, but not changing the “Star Wars formula.” While watching the film, it felt like a fresh new story, even though it had similar plot points of the past.
Abrams took something from the Star Wars films that we never really placed value on: the Stormtrooper. He created a relatable, real person. Someone who did not want to commit the acts that the First Order commanded him to do so, and eventually lead him to assist the Resistance in a victory against the First Order. From FN-2187 to Finn, John Boyega is brilliant, and his excitement to play the character and have the role of a lifetime is evident. I love all the new characters. Poe is kind, enthusiastic, encouraging, and the lucky owner of BB-8. Kylo Ren is genius, a conflicted villain with much fear. And Rey, a humble scavenger; smart, brave, and powerful with the force.
I love the moments of nostalgia, such as the Millennium Falcon and the alien game on the table. And of course, the moment where everyone cheered as Han Solo says, “Chewy, we’re home.”