Having now written three blog posts about the trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which links can be found below this paragraph) and having seen the film today I feel I need to write a review. However as I want to go into a few bits in detail there will be spoilers from the break onwards. You have been warned!

Overall Feelings

In many ways the most important measure of a film’s success is how much you enjoy it and I did enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It is full of everything you’d want from a Star Wars films including excitement, humour, adventure and entertaining characters. All of the new characters are interesting, especially Daisy Ridley‘s Rey and I left the cinema wanting to know what happens next.

THE BIG BUT

What The Force Awakens isn’t is perfect and the problem is that they play safe too often. The best example of this is the use of a third Death Star (and if you are watching the films in episode order is the third use of a death star in four films!) Worst of all, it isn’t needed. The film is set up as Star Wars: The Search for Luke in the opening text scrawl but forgets half way when the Death Star threatens to destroy The Resistance base (I’m still not sure why they are called the Resistance to be honest. I’m sure there is a good reason though.) If the writers wanted a space battle to finish their tale couldn’t they have made it over the planet that Luke was hiding on. Also the appearance of Luke would have been a much better ending for the lightsaber fight between Kylo Ren and Rey than the Deus Ex-Cliff ending the duel presently has. Talking of Luke this was the other disappointment I had with the film. After what felt like months of teasing we never saw the original three on-screen together. It would have been great to have even a moment or two seeing the three people who carried the original trilogy together again. Now due to an “unfortunate event” this won’t happen in any of the future movies as well. It was a shame that said “unfortunate event” was so unearned as well.

Overall

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a good fun film and most important feels like it belongs in the Star Wars universe. All I hope is that Star Wars Episode VIII takes more risks and avoid planet destroying super weapons!

What did you think of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Let me know in the comments below!

A review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by @The_Red_Fleece Contains spoilers! (Tweet this review)