Star Wars – The Force Awakens

Jays Rating:


J.J. Abrams co-writes and directs the highly anticipated seventh Star Wars movie in the last 40 years with the action sci-fi film Star Wars, The Force Awakens. It has been 32 years since the Rebels defeated the Empire in Return of the Jedi, and X-wing pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) is in possession of the droid BB8 with a message to give to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). (All they have to do is find him.) During a fight with stormtroopers, BB8 is separated from Poe and rescued by a disgruntled ex-trooper named Finn (John Boyega) and a woman named Rey (Daisy Ridley) who is a scavenger from a desert planet. All of this is put in place by a new lightsaber wheeling Darth Vader-type named Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) who is after the droid. Rey and Finn are on the run with BB8 when smugglers show up named, yes, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his partner, Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew). There are space battles and blaster fights with stormtroopers before they meet up with Hans ex-wife, Leia (Carrie Fisher). This leads them a little closer to Luke, but not before lightsaber battles and more action. This film is fast paced with superb action scenes that are separated by humor and dialogue to move the plot forward. I was actually surprised that the story didn’t move a little slower to allow time to develop the new characters, but who’s complaining. It was very obvious that Abrams followed the same formula that was put in place for the first three movies. (Not a bad thing, but very noticeable even for a blind guy.) Be prepared – there are several big plot holes (big enough to drive the Death Star through) and there really isn’t anything new except the characters, but most Star Wars fans will be so excited that the Force will hide the imperfections. The real highlights of the film are the exchanges between Han Solo and Chewbacca and of course the one-liners by Hon Solo. The sound effects and music is pure Star Wars and my friend Weston said the visuals are out of this world. This film is great Star Wars fun and I’m giving it a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.