I wanted to watch this in the cinema but no one wanted to go with me. =( I made my dad watch A New Hope in hopes of making him interested in the series but to my dismay, he fell asleep within 15 minutes of starting the movie. Although I can’t blame him since the first few minutes of A New Hope were a tad slow.
Anyway, I’ve watched the Star Wars franchise a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (see what I did there?) that I kind of forgot already a good amount of the story. Watching The Force Awakens was pretty much a refresher for me; someone who has not watched in a long time. Even though I vaguely remember details about the Star Wars IV, V & VI, I couldn’t help but see a resemblance in the storyline in The Force Awakens. Too bad I can’t say what they are, but those who have watched it will know what I’m talking about.
The best thing about The Force Awakens? BB-8! Hands down. BB-8 is the most adorable thing ever. I would definitely want to have one. In fact, I’ve been longing for a BB-8 by Sphero which can be controlled via a smartphone. It looks totally cool but of course, it comes at a price. Not sure if I’m willing to cough up that much for BB-8 which I’m sure my puppies would just love to munch on and destroy.
Enough about BB-8, let’s move on. As for the movie itself, like I said, it was too much like its predecessors (story-wise) but when I watched it the second time and just watched it as it is, it was actually fun. Finn’s switch to the good side from being a Stormtrooper is an interesting twist. I’ve always thought Stormtroopers were mindless robots so it was cool to see a human-side to the Stormtroopers.
Rey was an interesting character as well as this is the first time (to my knowledge) that a girl Jedi is given the spotlight. She’s the new Anakin/Luke Skywalker. Please don’t tell me she joins the dark side a few installments later. That would just be too much.
I saw that Lupita Nyong’o also starred in this movie but I do not recall seeing her at all so I decided to look it up. Turns out Lupita is a CGI character called Maz Kanata. Man, I wouldn’t have thought it had I not looked it up. Her character reminds me a lot of Edna Mode from The Incredibles. They don’t look alike but their actions are quite similar.
For Star Wars first-timers, this would be a nice introduction. It might make you confused but you will catch up after a few minutes.
NinthMelody rating: 7/10