Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Reviews
From a film making standpoint there is nothing wrong with the story of the force awakens. It flows , it makes sense , it's somewhat ingaging ; no problems here. It's only when you look at the content of the story and compare it to the previous films were you begin to notice a problem which makes the story feel less like a professional piece of work from a critically acclaimed continuation of a beloved franchise and more like a child's interpretation of what a Star Wars episode 7 would looking like . To start of the story is mainly unoriginal. It's basically just a new hope again with some tweaks here and there . This never bothered me personally but it shows how the writers were being kind of lazy which at the end of the day is the downfall of the film . Secondly making the situation worse is the fact that everything and everyone is literally bigger and more exaggerated version of the original. For example: jakku is like tatooine but more sandy and deprived. Rey is like Luke but stronger . Starkiller base is like the Death Star but bigger and can shoot multiple lasers at once . snoke is like palpatine but more mysterious and apparently more apparently more powerful (not to sure about that after the last Jedi though). You'd think this is it but the list just goes on and on , these are just the most blatantly obvious and exaggerated examples. This shows that something that was lazy now comes across as extremely lazy . It's as if the writers don't care in the very slightest about Star Wars and just want to get there money asap . In fact it is very likely it is the case . Going back to what I said before this film feels like a child wrote it. A child isn't smart enough to think of its own story so it take elements of other people's story's and seeing as kids like flashy things and usually don't understand logic properly in a story they will likely make everything more exaggerated. Now if I'm to be honest I don't usually mind if a story is like this . The only thing that matters is if your enjoying the movie and the lazy writing isn't detrimental to the plot . For the force awakens this lazy writing isn't that harmful. Rey being strong for no reason does make Rey somewhat two dimensional especially taking the last Jedi into account, is bad but it doesn't inherently bring the film down as it doesn't really matter to the viewer if Rey is flesh out or a Mary Sue . However the force awakens is detrimental to all the other films in the Star Wars franchise due to the lazy writing. Enter the first order ; a organisation with ambiguous motives which is somehow literally a billion times stronger than the empire ever wasfor no reason. And just like that the previous films are for absolutely nothing. It look three films and a tv show to build up the empire . It took nothing to build up the first order . knowing Disney they never will explain the first orders climb to power and I don't want to know why because it will probably make no sense . A good illustration of my point is the only good Disney Star Wars film to date rogue one . You never see the Death Star at its full potential yet you can feel it's true power despite this . It's hard to comprehend a whole planet being destroyed and likely billions being killed but rogue one really puts you in perspective and makes you understand the power of the Death Star , it isn't something to be put lightly. Now look at Star killer base . It is 10 times bigger and can shoot several lazers at once. This brings up many major questions for the force awakens. How did the first order build this ? How can they make a bigger version of the Death Star ? How did the first order get so powerful ? How come the republic seeming don't care about this mega Death Star ? Wouldn't they try to stop it quicker ? How come no one knew about this until now ? From what the film gives us it honestly feels like the first order magically appeared afew weeks before the film takes place , which we know didn't happen, yet that would be the only non-contrived explanation for what's happening. It's pointless to explain how disrespectful this is to original as it so obvious why . It's like that fight in Jurassic Park 3 where the spinosaurus beats the trex in a fight , but just more subtle and yet also more exaggerated. This could of easily been fixed by making the first order much weaker, which easily could of worked but the writes just had to take the lazy route. Same case with snoke . A stronger palpatine just appeared out of know were . yeah right .
There also many many more problems with this films story that I don't have time to address properly like finns contradictory abandonment of the first order to join his friends killers to kill his other friends. Now going back to the prequels, atleast at the core of the prequels was a lot more care and love for the franchise. Star Wars is George Lucas' brain child . He does care about the franchise as hard as it may be for some people to see . On the other hand Disney clearly brought Star Wars just because they want money and Star Wars is the no1 cash cow . This film doesn't have care and love to it , just a quick way of make a billion or two bucks . Some work was put into this film yes , but you can tell they were just doing it for the money . It's isn't hard to see . And even if this wasn't the case at least the prequels didn't disrespect the originals (or at least as much as people think) . Anyway , if you are a fan of Star Wars and liked this film I respect and understand your opinion (as I also liked this film when I first watched it ) but I think you should really take a step back and looked how much of a slap in the face this film is to all the previous films in the franchise. The writer can be lazy all they want but don't disrespect the originals .