Went to see the awesome new Star Wars film last night and what a great experience it was. It is now my favourite Star Wars film.
Set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi it starts with the Resistance led by Princess Leia searching for her brother Luke Skywalker who has vanished as she is wanting to bring peace to the Force following the uprising of the First Order from the ashes of the Empire.
The First Order is led by Supreme Leader Snoke who controls the new big bad Kylo Ren. A wannabee Darth Vader who has connections with him.
The film starts with Ace Rebellion pilot Poe securing a map to lead them to Luke but the First Order arrives with Kylo Ren to get it. He hides the map in his droid - new cute R2-D2 alike BB8.
As the Storm Troopers attack the village and attack Poe one Storm Trooper isn't liking what he sees. This Storm Trooper frees Poe who names him Finn who then meets a young woman called Rey and they flee the planet with a ship in a junk yard. The Millennium Falcon.
Without giving too much away they come across old favourites Han Solo and Chewbacca as they race to get help against the First Order and their new more powerful weapon the Starkiller Base which is bigger than the death stars of the previous films.
The film is a hark back to the original trilogy and feels like a proper Star Wars film in terms of plot and look. The prequel trilogy didn't feel like Star Wars to me. A blessing is that like A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back is that it is dark in places.
Kylo Ren is a good villain with a temper. I thought the Generals who served under Vader had a hard time but this guy is nuts. Although later he did remind me of Snape from Harry Potter with his looks and character.
Kylo Ren is played well by Adam Driver, the rest of the new cast including Daisy Ridley as Rey and John Boyega as Finn bring the Star Wars franchise a fresh take and mix well with the original cast including Harrison Ford as Han and Carrie Fisher as Leia.
A few quibbles I had was the Starkiller attack was too similar to the Death Star plots of A New Hope and Return of the Jedi but that asides the rest of the film feels fresher.
The 3D effects were awesome and gave the Stars and ships depth with the occasional ship coming out at you although more of this would have been nice.
Also I'm sure the events and characters of the film are in Novels that came out after Return of the Jedi in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s? Could anyone clarify this as I'm sure read book reviews with New Order in and Luke being missing?
Overall - A fantastic film bringing the best of Star Wars together and keeping it old school. Also leaving a few questions unanswered for the next film.
If your into Star Wars go see this. If your not Go see this Awesome.