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.

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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