As the saying goes, better late than never. I was glad to be able to get the chance to watch this movie. I guess you can consider me a Star Wars fan but not to the extreme (otherwise I would have watched this on the very first day of showing). I viewed it more on the performance of the characters and the storyline/plot.
I was pretty impressed on this movie. It’s a good comeback for the Star Wars franchise. Admittedly, I did not go back to the previous installment, The Return of the Jedi, but nevertheless, you somehow get the connection and it was not difficult to recall.
I am particularly amazed with Daisy Ridley who played Rey. She was the combination of strength and grace, and her acting is superb. I would watch out for her in future films. I also adored BB-8. For a robot, it’s very relatable and cute performance. It’s like a ball of fun. I just want to have him with me all the time (ok time to get back to reality). I also commend actor Oscar Isaac who played Poe Dameron and Adam Driver who played Kylo Ren. Isaac took command of his role and he was believable. Driver also for the antagonist, he was effective and just evil (which is good for his role). And of course, who can deny Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher who played Hans Solo and Princess Leia, respectively. it made the movie more enticing and I guess more sincere to where they left off the last installment. I just wished there was more humor between the two like before but them again, they have matured very much, literally. I also like the comeback of C-3PO, R2-D2, and Chewbacca. It was very refreshing and brings a smile to my face like a long time reunion. And one more thing, I am particularly surprised to see Greg Grunberg who played Snap Wexley. It was nice to see him in film again, even if it was only a minor role.
A few meh moments for me was John Boyega who played Finn. The performance was just weak and I find him cowardly and there was no defining moment for him. Though he tried to fight Kylo Ren using a lightsaber but it was expected that he would loose as he has no knowledge on how to use it. This gave Ridley a more shining moment as she saved him and somehow partially defeating Kylo Ren. I was expecting more from Boyega. Another one was Lupita Nyong’o who played Maz Kanata. The role was a masked soldier and only the voice was evident plus the role was somehow insignificant and forgettable. As a role, this was a tad bit shallow. And lastly, Mark Hamill who played Luke Skywalker, played a very short role plus it was never a build up when Ridley would meet up with him in the end. It was obvious there was no climax/build-up to this scene. I guess they had to do this in preparation for the next instalment but it’s just too short and too expected – no thrill.
Well, it seems that the Star Wars saga continues and I wonder when and how will this all end. I just hope they build this up after this chapter and not freaking loose the appeal. Nevertheless, this was a far better installment prior to A New Hope chapter.
4/5 Stars rating