On Thursday, Dec. 17 2015 “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was released, and it was, simply put, amazing. Skepticism surrounded the movie in the months before the premiere, but all concerns were alleviated after the first 30 minutes. Almost all questions that fans had were answered in varying degrees.
The cast performed flawlessly, but newcomer to the “Star Wars” Universe, Adam Driver was the stand-out performance of the movie. He made his character, Kylo Ren, into a multidimensional character that moved the plot along. Daisy Ridley, who played Rey in the movie performed impeccably. John Boyega, who played Finn, brought a brand of comedy to Star Wars that was not expected. It added a layer to the movie that was greatly appreciated. Other actors that did a superb job were Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma. The new characters to the story didn’t diminish the story in any way. Instead they added depth to the entire “Star Wars” Universe.
Old characters such as Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, Carrie Fisher’s Leia and Peter Mayhew’s Chewbacca added a veteran feel to the movie and their performances were incredible. The movie, in part due to the older actors, felt like old fashioned Star Wars. It was amazing to watch Han Solo and Chewbacca interact with Finn and Rey. Old favorites like Admiral Ackbar and C-3PO were in the movie as well, and while their parts were short it added to that old fashioned feel the movie had.
Constant action kept fans on the edges of their seats. The movie does a spectacular job of melding comedy, suspense and drama together. Waiting for “Star Wars Episode VIII,” which premieres May 26, 2017 will be hard on many “Star Wars” fans waiting to revisit a galaxy far, far away again.