Star Wars: the Force Awakens – review by a non-fan

* No spoilers here!* One late review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


What I know about Star Wars

Luke Skywalker is Darth Vader’s son, right? (that’s not a spoiler, everyone knows that). I know this purely because of everyone quoting that line ‘Luke, I am your father’. Even thought that’s not even in the film! I was waiting for it (I went back and watched the old one), that moment where I imagine everyone watching the original couldn’t believe what was being said, and then I realised it is hugely misquoted. I bet even if you don’t know anything about Star Wars, you know that phrase. He actually says ‘No, I am your father.’

My other little teeny bit of knowledge is that Princess Leia has an iconic hairstyle and apparently bedded her brother (also not really the case – see further down!)

So yeah, limited knowledge!


Anything else I know is likely to be from That 70s Show, as the character Eric is a major SW fan.


To any Star Wars fans…I’m sorry for any blasphemy! Why have I never watched the films? I’ve kind of meant to watch them at some point. You know when you just think you will one day and it doesn’t happen.

However, I thought I’d join in on the hype a bit, my boyfriend wanted to see the film and it looked as though it would be really well made. Being a fan of film-making in general, that was enough for me. My sister came with us too – also has never seen the films. We decided  to watch it in 3D too…ooooh.

By the way, I haven’t seen a 3D film in a while and was impressed at the clip-on 3D glasses for speccies like me – good move! It always used to be a double glasses wearing situation, which I hate!


Okay shall I start the review now?!

Firstly, it was kind of epic to be in the cinema, 3D-ing it up, and taking in the moment. The words coming up on screen, as at the beginning of all the films, looked great in 3D and it was a bit exciting I suppose. You could tell some people were so excited to be there and that was sweet.

I was worried I wouldn’t understand the storyline, but it was really easy to watch even with no real prior knowledge. Seeing all the old cast back was pretty cool, and must have been amazing for fans.

The story itself was easy to follow, even if a little nostalgic. Anything I didn’t quite understand came to light so it’s fine to watch as a standalone film. I think they did a good job of that actually, introducing the characters without blatantly saying ‘look this is Chewbacca’.

Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough young woman abandoned as a child and living in a junkyard style place in the desert, and Finn (John Boyega), a former Stormtrooper that managed to escape and leave the First Order (bad guys), are thrust together on a mission to get BB-8 (the silly round robot) to the Resistance (good guys) with a map to Luke. However, Kylo Ren the new masked man (Adam Driver), and his indoctrinated Stormtroopers are out to stop them!

The plotline is simple, yet there are many twists and turns, with old characters turning up, people not being who they thought they were, and many knock backs. This made for really enjoyable viewing as even though the film could be a little predictable, you weren’t sure how it was going to get there.

Characters and actors: 
The characters were well-developed and had some substance which was great. The story of Rey being abandoned as a child really tied in with the messed up family issues that Star Wars is known for, and you are made to think she is related to former characters. I think in the new films we should find out that she’s totally unrelated and ruin all the fan theories!

My favourite character is Han Solo (the wonderful Harrison Ford) for his rubbish jokes, his love of big furry Chewie and for actually being useful. He’s a lovable rogue and shows real emotion while being the comedy character.


The first thing I noticed about Daisy Ridley, apart from her probably-going-to-be-iconic hairstyle, is how rigid she is as an actress. I liked the character, aside from the lack of flaws, but just couldn’t get used to her. It was like watching a cringey stage show. However pretty much all of my friends disagree with me. She’s pretty new to the scene and has mainly played ill people or corpses in the past so maybe that’s why, but I didn’t enjoy watching her. Also, I’m genuinely worried that her face is stuck in one position.

John Boyega, on the other hand, blew me away! He was incredible and his talent is undeniable. I can’t wait to see more of him! His character was lovable, funny, heartfelt and intense when needed.
He also has an odd expression on his face at times.


I feel like maybe they were coached and the coach was like ‘pretend you’ve heard something really stupid’ and ‘act as if you just drank vinegar’.
It’s not fair to judge video stills really, but with Daisy, it was so apparent in the film, expression upon expression.

Adam Driver has had a lot of flack for his character, but I think he played it well and the character traits were perfect for a modern villain. People aren’t falling for the villain with no soul thing, so it was great to see the more emotional scenes and the way he seemed like a damaged child torn between two worlds.


Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to give BB-8, the lovable robot, a mention. How can they make robots seem cute?! A spherical robot is an odd idea, but it also makes him great.


Also, obviously J.J. Abrams did a fantastic job. I loved his Star Trek too. Is he the only guy that can make these types of films?

I’ve probably gone on a bit so, in conclusion, I’m just going to tell you that the film is certainly worth watching. It was a rollercoaster, action-filled ride and a great film for fans and non-fans alike. My sister and I both enjoyed it, and had a lot to say about the film afterwards. I really loved it and can’t wait for the next one (in bloody 2017, why do that?!) It did seem like I’d missed out on the feeling of nostalgia, so I went home and started to watch the old ones. I’ve only watched Episodes 4-6 so far (they’re in an odd order due to prequels).

Things I have found out (so far) from watching the old films.

1. The Force Awakens is basically A New Hope, but with a girl instead.
2. Leia has many hairstyles.
3. Leia and Luke did not get it on. They kissed like once, but really she loves Han.
4. There are some scenes with an insane amount of monsters – maybe they couldn’t choose their favourite type.
5. Jabba the Hutt is a stupid, annoying character.
6. Episode 6 is dumb and not worthy!
7. Luke also couldn’t act at first, so maybe him and Rey are supposed to be like that?

Have you seen the Star Wars films? What did you think of this one?

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