REVIEW: ‘The Force Awakens’ As I Fall Asleep

Let me just say this about Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the least spoilery way possible… It fuckin’ stinks.

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Adam Driver as Kylo Ren

J.J. Abrams just pulled the con of the century. He sold millions of dollars worth of tickets to a movie you’ve already seen before. There is little new ground covered here with The Force Awakens, and as a lifelong Star Wars fan (I have ‘Han Shot First’ tattooed on my inner forearm) I cannot express the disappointment I felt when every major element of A New Hope was rehashed before my very eyes every twelve minutes.

Why do filmmakers think it’s a good idea to reinvigorate dead franchises with more of the same? We want new stories. New characters. New feelings. You can’t recapture what was once given with a carbon copy. Sorry, J.J.

Aside from the strikingly familiar beats and plot, the rest of the movie is, well, …less than to be desired. The acting varies. John Boyega is a welcome addition to the Star Wars family and Adam Driver does his best as Kylo Ren… but the rest of the cast falls face down in a pool of ‘meh.’

I hate to say it, but I’m more likely to revisit Attack of the Clones before this mess.

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Jenn Camp is a writer and graphic designer from Queens, New York.

3 Responses

  1. Taylor

    It’s funny, because I felt the same way about every Star Wars film following “A New Hope”. Especially in the original trilogy. They found a formula that worked and stuck with it.

    With The Force Awakens though, I feel like had they tried to mess with the Star Wars formula too much, then people would also complain. I found that there was actually more new ground covered in this as opposed to the Original Trilogy. It definitely without a doubt pulled a lot of elements from A New Hope, but so did Empire Strikes Back and (especially) Return of the Jedi.

    The Force Awakens had to play it safe to accomplish its goal: “Revamp and Reinvigorate the Franchise, bringing it to a new audience and bringing the old audience back as well. It’s clearly a transitional film for me. There is so much more to the new characters that has yet to be explored, and I can’t begin to describe how much more depth the new characters have.

    Also, as far as pacing, TFA surpasses the original trilogy yet again.

    While I don’t find it boring, I think the original trilogy had me wondering when the scene was going to move forward. It was sort of like: Beat……………Beat…………………………..Beat

    TFA I feel was more: Beat. Beat. Beat.

    Again the originals weren’t boring, they just moved significantly slower. It’s a common issue with films from this era (Another example is “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind”

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