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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) - A True Fiasco

Updated on February 7, 2016
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I have seen the latest Star Wars episode a while back and I do have to say I have contemplated a lot either to write about it or not. The people were crazy about seeing it ... you know how these things get ... they camp outside the movie theater, can’t wait for the first run to hit the screen, they create expectations based on previous series and based on the director’s track record: George Lucas, and so on.

I have read some reviews in which critics praise the episode about how well it was done, what a good choice they made by choosing some of the old actors to come back and play in the new series - Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia - but by my opinion, they made the worst decision EVER.

The Storyline

The Resistance and a small group of heroes are trying to stop The First Order from ruling the galaxy. They have a part of the map which leads to Luke Skywalker, and the key to save everybody ... you know the drill ... good fight with bad ... good wins ... everybody is happy.

I am not spoiling the movie just in case someone haven’t seen it by now and truly wants to see it, no matter what the reviews say about it. I am advising otherwise, but everybody is responsible for their own choices.

The Actors

As I said before, the worst decision ever that they could have made was to force Harrison Ford to take back the role of Han Solo. Apparently he didn’t want to play the role anymore, and he kind of had to with the promise that they will kill off his character and this will be a one-time appearance only. Unfortunately, his unwillingness to portray the role of Han Solo was brutally obvious. It felt like it was all just a big joke to him, he had no emotion, no chemistry and absolutely nothing about his act was good.

His face looked like he was about to break into a big laugh in any minute. Just to make it short, it was the worst performance ever and it felt like the role was played by a beginner who had nothing to do with acting.

Carrie Fisher was far from being convincing, and, just as Harrison Ford, she also had no emotion.

But, after the legendary Han Solo, the worst acting award goes to Adam Driver who portrayed Kylo Ren. It is amazing how they could give the negative role to someone who looked like a little boy who, instead of imposing fear he just managed to impose astonishment. He had the reactions of a young boy tormented by a big brother and reacting by throwing a fit. I was expecting to see him at any moment throwing himself to the ground, yelling.

I do have to wonder, for the love of God, what were they thinking when they put together the cast list? Who was responsible for it? Haven’t anyone tested these actors before? What were they thinking? What?

John Boyega as Finn, Daisy Ridley as Rey ... and the list can go on ... all were just a big fiasco. I really have no idea how they could make this episode so incredibly bad, with so many bad choices.

To See Or Not To See

I am sure you know by now what my advice is. This is definitely a Not To See movie. It was a waste of time, and I haven't seen something so bad in a very long time. I had to force myself to stay awake at some point because the storyline and the acting was so bad it was actually putting me to sleep.

I am not the only one. My boyfriend actually fell asleep, and walking out of the cinema room I have heard two other people who said they fell asleep, and others who were laughing about how bad the movie was and how they should have gone to a different movie they passed in order to see this one.

I know the expectations were high, and I was also expecting it not to rise to the occasion, but I really wasn't expecting to see something that awful.

If by any reason you haven't seen it by now, you really haven't missed anything at all ... you actually won the time all of us lost by watching it.

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      ReViewMeMedia 13 months ago

      Star Warsz; The Force Awakens was my most disappointing Star Wars movie, yeah, the Prequels are flawed, they have lots of issues, but I remember walking out of the theater enjoying what I had seen for episodes I-III, and I did NOT feel that way about Episode VII, they did A New Hope on a treadmill, and they rebooted the Expanded Universe for this nostalgia treadmill, they could have done ANYTHING with how to continue the story, and they played it so ridiculosuly safe to appease the Prequel haters, UGH!

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      Paula 19 months ago

      Thank you for commenting Chitrangada Sharan. Just take this as a personal opinion. As you can see from Titen-Sxull's comment, not everybody is sharing my vision over the movie. I have written this because this is how I felt about the movie, and seeing how others praised it made me feel like it was a mistake not to say how I feel (and clearly a few other people shared my view).

      I usually go with my instinct when I want to see movie. So I recommend you to do the same here :)

      Have a nice day.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 19 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for the movie review and your opinion! I haven't seen the movie yet but was planning to do so. Now I may watch it when they show it on T.V.

      Thank you for this interesting hub!

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      Paula 19 months ago

      I appreciate your comment and I respect your opinion Titen-Sxull.

      I am happy you found the movie to be good and that you don't feel like you've lost anything by watching it, but actually gained a couple of hours of fun.

      From my point of view, the actors can make or break a play/movie, and regretfully, here was an unfortunate mixture of actors who didn't deliver - again, on my personal opinion. It doesn't matter if the storyline was good, their way of acting "stole the show".

      Rumors had it that Harrison Ford didn't want to act in the series anymore and he accepted with the promise that this will be his last role - and my opinion is that his unwillingness was shown through the pour acting he did compared to older Star Wars episodes in which he was amazing.

      The new actors didn't convince me, and even if the movie was full of action and special effects, there were moments when I still felt like watching an old Star Wars movie when they didn't have all the technology we find today.

      I was expecting a lot more from this episode, and for me, it didn't deliver, even if a big part of the reviews were positive.

      I am not trying to convince anyone to think like me, and I am very happy when I find that someone liked a movie that I didn't, because that means just what you said, "taste in movies is subjective".

      Thank you for taking the time to comment.

      Have a nice day :)

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      Titen-Sxull 19 months ago from back in the lab again

      The movie isn't perfect but it's far from a fiasco. It has that sense of energy, fun and fantasy that fans of the original Star Wars films, like myself, felt were missing from the prequels.

      I couldn't disagree more about Han Solo, he stole the movie for me, Harrison Ford looked like he was having a lot of fun reprising the role one last time and giving the character a fitting end that mirrors Obi Wan's death in A New Hope.

      Much like Abrams Star Trek reboot from 2009 this movie has a ton of energy in every scene and never starts to feel boring or overly long.

      They also took care to put in tons of practical effects and actual rubber monsters/ robots, rather than doing seemingly every last monster in CGI like Lucas did in the prequels.

      Obviously I disagree on the acting. I feel Daisy Ridley did really well especially in the beginning when she's just surviving on Jakku. Unlike Luke who was kind of a whiny farm boy Rey is a lonely scavenger with serious abandonment issues and the time we spend with her at the beginning of the movie really made me feel for the character. As always John Williams score, including Rey's theme, is amazing.

      I think in order to be a fiasco the movie would have to be badly receieved by critics and audiences but the movie got mostly positive reviews and most of the content I've seen about the movie has been positive or mixed with very few reviews or comments being genuinely negative.

      Personally I think Kylo Ren is the most interesting character, far more interesting on a character level than Darth Vader was (in a NEW HOPE specifically). Darth Vader didn't get any character development until Empire Strikes Back, here in Force Awakens we are setting up Kylo as an emotionally unstable rebellious young man who is torn between the light and dark side of the Force. He is clearly conflicted and it is this inner conflict that makes him such an interesting character, even if he throws temper tantrums.

      So you're in the severe minority with your opinion. That doesn't mean you're wrong, of course taste in movies is completely subjective, but it does mean you're not going to get very much support in calling Force Awakens a fiasco.