Film Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

SWTFA2 site Attention: This is a spoiler free review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We at M.U.S.E. want you to enjoy the film not find item on our site that will spoil your experience. 

It is here! The most anticipated movie release of the year has finally been seen and we were one of the lucky few to see the film before it is released to the masses on Thursday evening.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens from Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.

SWTFA3 siteThe film is beautifully shot and really makes you feel like it connects to Return of the Jedi an the rest of the original trilogy. You can tell immediately that there is a good mix of computer graphics and real old school practical effects that gives it a better feel than what we saw in the prequels the last time we were taken to a galaxy far,far, away.

As this version of Star Wars continues you can see Abrams is a fan, as in every frame he shot and took lesson from made the saga a huge success.

I was able to see the film in 3D and for my first experience in watching a Star Wars film in 3D it was a winner in every way. It does what great 3D should do, to not be a gimmick and be a medium that gives you more depth into the images you are seeing visually add to the story being told.

The story is what brings the visuals together to add another layer to the film. Abrams and Kasdan along with Ardnt really bring laughter, tears and joy to the picture in addition to that heart. The story pulls you in as you wonder what happened in the 30-years between Jedi and the Force Awakens.

The acting of the cast is great especially from the original cast. It comes right of the screen that they enjoyed the time working on this movie which will easily come across to the audience. All three elements together is what make a great film and this is just that, A great Star Wars film.

SWTFA7 siteOverall, this film really brings in the the old time movie serials, when you cheered for the heroes and boo’d the villains from what George Lucas originally thought of when developing the franchise which made the originals so successful. I left the theater losing track of time when watching the film as it pulled me into the story. I really don’t even think I blinked the whole time in the theater.

As I look back three years ago when Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced there will be new Star Wars movie that I couldn’t wait for the day and to see it now here was worth the wait.

We no longer have to wait years to find out what happens to character we grew up and we will get to see the continuation of the Skywalker story in a year an a half. In comparison to three to four years in between each film. Star Wars Episode VIII will be in theaters in May 2017 and another Star Wars film will be in theaters next year in the anthology film, Rogue One.

The film will have the people who were apart of the trilogy from 1977 through 1983 and the ones who started with the prequels together in a addition welcoming new fans who may have never had the chance to see the movie. I would recommend seeing it as much as you can in a theater cause as many films it is a different experience than being at home. I have already booked my second showing for this Friday.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – A+

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography.
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