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December 19, 2015

Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Luke Skywalker is missing and the First Order is looking to take over the galaxy in a way that the evil Galactic Empire never could.  The Resistance know they need Luke Skywalker to bring balance to the force as the Dark Side is clearly on the side of the First Order.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh episode in the Star Wars cinematic saga.  Television, comic books, novels and more have attempted to continue the story of the tale but we, as an audience, are finally treated with a film.  JJ Abrams brings the fans of Star Wars the movie they deserve.

Action.  Good luck catching your breath during The Force Awakens as there is plenty of aerial combat, light saber battles, blasters and even a bit of fisticuffs.

New characters.  Our new bad guy is Kylo Ren(Adam Driver) and he wants to be every bit as bad as Darth Vader and the voice is awesome.  Domhall Gleeson and Andy Sirkis are added to the baddies as General Hux and Supreme Leader Snoke respectively.  Finn(John Boyega) is a Storm Trooper who is having a bit of an identity crisis and is a great addition.  Poe Dameron(Oscar Isaac) is the likable hot shot pilot.  Rey is played by Daisy Ridley who absolutely shines in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Rey and the newest droid, BB-8, are the true stars of this movie and truly make everything go.

Old Characters.  Han Solo(Harrison Ford), Leia(Carrie Fisher), Chewbacca(Peter Mayhew), C-3P0(Anthony Daniels) and Luke Skywalker(Mark Hamill) all make a return to the franchise.  All are back for a reason and that makes this movie even better.

The Look.  The Force Awakens did not feel like everything was computer generated imagery.  Even if it was, it didn't have that "clean" feel that Episodes I, II and III did.  Tie Fighters and X-Wing Fighters actually looked dirty.  BB-8 was actually built.  I also enjoyed the sets immensely.  The inside of the First Order's base had a look reminiscent of the Death Star.  Not a bunch of floating Senate seats but big walls with lights and designs that mimicked episodes IV, V and VI.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to be the first film that I have reviewed for Cinema Head Cheese to receive the five out of five Pile Drivers.  I liked it so much, I may need to throw in some other wrestling finishing moves.  It's a great movie and highly recommended.  The theater experience makes it even better as you hear the cheers, oohs and ahhs.

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