Star Wars – The Force Awakens review


Cristian Pagu

It’s out there, full of shine and full of sparkle. And all I had to do is close my eyes and see it glisten and listen to my heart pulsating, beating and beating, five times hand to my heart, soundproof from any human noise, even my own, not moving, not even as the room went dark and saw it come towards me. I took to Star Wars like a duck takes to water, in a galaxy far far away, where my childhood lit up like a comet lights up near a star, setting off a series of chemical reactions like beautiful space fireworks that even the universe is not trained to fully grasp or comprehend.

Truth is i can’t just go around throwing plain words trying to give voice to the sheer enthusiasm inside my atoms, my blood cells and the brain synapses that have been partying all night long with the very thought that Star Wars is truly back. The mechanism behind the happiness of Star Wars manifesting itself again, in film form, is truly supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Back in 2009, when JJ Abrams secretly and discreetly hid R2-D2 into one of the scenes from his resurrected Star Trek franchise, I always thought to myself, then said it out loud that he would be the one to continue the story of the original Star Wars trilogy. In the end the prophecy came true. Up until a month ago, half of the entire planet population was holding their breaths, hoping The Force Awakens wouldn’t suck donkey balls. Thing is that JJ Abrams is a true student of the force. He is a fully trained Jedi Knight with the force as his ally, with impressive, most impressive Jedi writing skills that have enabled him to control his fear, release his reluctance, embrace his destiny and deliver an acrobatic story that probably no other Jedi Master in Hollywood or Star Wars fanatic could have fathomed or even suspected.

Having seen the film, myself and many others have concluded that JJ Abrams is never short of surprises and always up to the task of casually inviting your jaw to meet the floor with and added side dish bonus of turning your brain into spaghetti. I’m not talking about his ingenuity that gave birth to the real life practical and insanely cuteable new BB-8 model droid. The subtleties of the force are spread throughout the entire film. One surprise above all is compiled in an epic and exhilarating scene that employs an awkward and delicate chromatic magnificence, through which Abrams made my heart pay attention and then offered on a spoon, garnished with soul-stirring visual adjectives one of the best moments ever to grace my eyeballs.

As a proud member of our generation, Abrams was keen on luring us into dark, misleading and uncertain paths of a story that is breathing life into so many mysteries and plot twists that have been exiled and remained untouched by the greasy hands of the Disney marketing department. The Force Awakens offers a unique opportunity to standstill and contemplate with awe, wonder and childish curiosity, a brand new Star Wars spectacle that is honoring the old and injecting a fresh new serum that has proven to have delightful side effects.

JJ Abrams reluctantly accepts the burden and this once in a lifetime gift of reintroducing Star Wars to both old and new generations, turning it into a tribute, an honor bestowed by those he grew up worshiping. Make no mistake. Hearing the villain Kylo Ren utter the words: “I will finish what you started” is no coincidence.

It’s impossible not to disintegrate with emotion upon watching The Millennium Falcon again undergo dazzling air stunts, or melt into a human pudding when Han and Chewie finally come “home”, walking the threshold of my heart and memories, poking and teasing one another like brothers always do, up to their old tricks, and making up new ones that crack us from inside out.

However, much to my surprise, after quantifying all levels, shapes and sizes of subjectivity, I have detected a faint indication of an objectivity presence, manifesting itself whilst no doubt observing that the soundtrack coming from the masterful John Williams was not as epic as those from the previous episodes. Apart from the anthem of my soul, I was force blocked, and a bit underwhelmed by the music element that in the past used to feel like an asteroid field of sounds and feelings from which there was no escape. The possibility of successfully navigating this asteroid field and me liking the new soundtrack are approximately 3,720 to 1.

Luke Skywalker has vanished. That’s how the story goes. Even R2-D2 has switched to low-power mode since master Luke disappeared. Absolutely awwwdorable! Luke may have vanished, but not from my heart. I grew up wanting to be or believing I was Luke Skywalker, just a “simple” farmer who grew up without a father (I sure got that part right), that ends up going on the coolest of space adventures to save the galaxy from an evil empire. This time around, evil has a new name. It’s the First Order.  The bad guys are really scary and seem like they will triumph in the battle against the light by threatening the galaxy with a new super giant star killer weapon. But the new agents of light are funny, young, cool and powerful characters and they are here to save the day, the entire galaxy and take this space saga on a new journey for the new generation. The force is strong with these new characters, especially the charming Adam Driver and his volatile portrayal of Kylo Ren’s frailty or the downright adorable and lovable Daisy Ridley’s Rey, a warm welcome for such a stunning and fierce female character that will no doubt turn into one of the greatest heroines of all time for both girls and boys alike.

There are many stories about what happened. Some consider them to be myth. And we know all of them. It’s true. All of it. The Dark side, the Jedi. They’re real. The force has awakened. It’s calling for me. So I will let it in.


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