Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – A New Generation

For the first time, I think it was the most anticipated more than any movie in the year. I love “Star Wars” and probably everyone likes it. When watching the trailer for this movie, my heart beats all the time. I remember how a trailer can make you feel forgotten about reality. Now, just watching a movie trailer doesn’t make me feel anything. I also remember how this film was very, very famous in Indonesia. You know why? Because there are Yayan Ruhian and Iko Uwais. If you don’t know the two actors, you might only know them from “The Raid“.

With all the overhyped, I laugh how ironically Indonesian watch this film just because there are two Indonesian actors. They watched the film didn’t know anything about “Star Wars”. To begin with, I have so much love and chill with this one. I can’t love it and I can’t hate it either. Regardless of the controversy, “The Force Awakens” personally is one of the movies it exceeds my expectations.

“The Force Awakens” is a movie with a new adventure. Our main new character, Daisy Ridley as Rey, is a scavenger from the planet Jakku. She suddenly falls to destiny and conflict she had never thought of before. When talking about this character, a lot of people called her Mary Sue. She is nothing more than which because it feels like she did everything by a chance. She can control the force, doing a mind trick, and so skillfully at the lightsaber. I mean, we never remember how Luke Skywalker in “A New Hope” blew up the Death Star for the first try. Yeah, that’s another fact with both of the characters.

Next to Rey, there is John Boyega as Finn, a “useless” character both in terms of story and character. Both of them met in a situation they never expected. They helped each other and joined into the middle of the conflict against the First Order. It’s a new antagonist faction after the Empire. Finn isn’t the main character and that’s what I first thought when watching the trailer. Finn sometimes helps to participate in these misadventures along with other characters.

J.J. Abrams provided various nostalgic events. It formulated so well but not as great as other trilogy. This movie is trying to attract the new generation of fans in the trilogy. Just like introducing new characters but still keeping the old characters. This movie gave us some intertextuality where you feel a chill when seeing these old characters. There is Han Solo and Chewbacca as well. Both of them are one of the most memorable and interesting characters from the whole trilogy. It’s a twist on how Han Solo also made a separation before parting with the trilogy. There is BB-8, the new android in this movie.

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren is nice and I guess I felt it when watching the trailer too. He isn’t as cool as Darth Vader, to begin with. However, he is one of the different villains despite being Darth Vader as his inspiration. He is less human compared to Darth Vader even though he differentiates’ still Darth Vader takes the cake. Talking about visual effects, “The Force Awakens” is a modern sensation. It’s a great appreciation of the visual effects in this more modern trilogy. The CGI although feels exaggerating in some moments. Yet, in any aspect, the film didn’t forget to bring any kind of memorable moments including the twist and other moments.

“The Force Awakens” can attract attention from young fans and give us a variety of opinions. This movie combines a nostalgic chill although Disney slightly ruins it. It’s nothing more than a reboot yet a remarkable take. It has a variety of twists, a pretty strong emotional, some humor, some laugh, and everything. The visual effects and John Williams‘ scores are so impressed in. This is a new trilogy of Star Wars for the young generation.

3.5 out of 5 stars.