J.J.Abrams made it! The Force Awakens is the best Star Wars since The Empire Strikes Back, launched in 1980. The absurd difference in tone compared to the weak prologues (99 to 2005) is perceived in the first scenes, but it is the typical adventure rhythm of classic trilogy (77 to 83) that conquers the oldest fans and must snatch members from the younger generations, many of whom have never had the pleasure of watching a good film in the series. Better, the feature rescues the magic that makes the saga so special.
The franchise needs no introduction, after all it is one of the icons of pop culture; and for 38 years it has united generations for the common passion to the work created by George Lucas. The new film takes place 30 years after the end of the original trilogy, Return of the Jedi, and shows the galaxy again in a new period of civil war. The New Republic failed to unite the galaxy and the First Order emerged from the ashes of the Empire. The only force really capable of facing the new threat is the Resistance.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens refers to classic films, as producer Bryan Burk revealed to Cineclick during his visit to São Paulo. With elements seen in A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, it presents dark moments, the hero's journey, revelations and personal dramas. And that was what fans had been expecting to see for over 30 years.
J.J. shows leadership skills and knows how to handle dramatic and combat scenes very well. The balance between new characters and old acquaintances works and events have a narrative purpose. Perhaps the most important factor in the success of the original trilogy is seen here: the simplicity of the plot in the right measure, capable of revolving around just one central issue, without exaggerating in parallel situations and unnecessary characters.
Nothing is more fair when you have great protagonists. Rey (Daisy Ridley) is the highlight. Well built, with deep issues that go beyond the immediacy of the situation, mysteries to be revealed and an absurd willpower, she is a real badass. Finn (John Boyega) is fearless, has an open sense of justice and is very loyal to his friends. Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) is quite interesting, but he could have more screen time, after all his personality is perhaps the most fun of the three. It is a pity to see it being misused.
Han Solo, Leia Organa and Chewbacca are back for real. Harrison Ford may have complained about returning to the franchise, something he swore he wouldn't, but he is Han Solo - simple as that. Leia has matured, gone through a lot and this is in the character's eyes, but the wit of the princess (now general) is still there. And Chewie, well, what about this furry being that has delighted children and adults for generations? Groot, from Guardians of the Galaxy, wouldn't exist if it weren't for Chewie.
Of course, technically Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the Star Wars that everyone expected. It is spectacular to see the most famous spaceships of the franchise recreated with current technology, in fights as inspired as those of Uma Nova Esperança. Stormtroopers that, in fact, hit their targets and trained military forces, with discipline also at the time of combat. It is also interesting to see that J.J. holds the wave and does not overdo the lens flar, watch online the movie and enjoy.
However, no film is perfect, but to discuss the problems here would be to reveal spoilers that nobody wants to know at this point in the championship. Suffice to say that the production loses a little rhythm in the second half, uses too many elements from the original films, which sometimes go beyond the necessary and become exaggerations (or even lack of creativity) and some narrative shortcuts are unexplained and could have been better developed.
And if the feature is visually incredible, the soundtrack of John Williams leaves something to be desired. The recycling of old themes was already expected, and even something mandatory for fans, the problem is the way the songs were underused. The franchise has always had its main moments marked by great compositions, something that J.J. did not know how to take advantage of as Lucas would. With that, several situations that asked for something epic playing, ended up with something of less impact or even without a trail. It is a feature of the franchise that seems to have been left out.
If in these points Star Wars: The Force Awakens leaves something to be desired, Abrams seems to make up for it in many others. The director knows that no one wants to get too deep into the political issues of space conflict, what matters is emotion and adventure. In addition, another important factor of the franchise was respected: the villains are bad and intimidating. The ambitious General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) resembles the younger Commander Tarkin, Kylo Ren is a great antagonist, humanized through his internal conflict and great performance by Adam Driver.
There is no doubt: The Force Awakens does work like a reboot, although it is never called that and is presented as Episode VII, watch online the movie and judge it by yourself. After all, like Mad Max: Estrada Da Fúria, the film is able to respect the legacy and still change paradigms to create something totally new, able to win new audiences. The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a great film, which respects the fans, while thinking about the future.
By the way, the final scene is to make a lot of grown man cry while leaving countless possibilities open for the two sequences already announced.