Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an epic space opera based on the characters created by George Lucas. It is the seventh episode in the main star wars Film series, and was released on December 18, 2015. Co-produced, co-written and directed by J.J Abrams, The Force Awakens is the first movie in the Sequel Trilogy, and the other two sequels are scheduled for release in 2017 and 2019. The producers of the movie are Kathleen Kennedy and Bryan Burk along with Abrams. The movie is circulated worldwide by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
The storyline gave an impression that the Star Wars was finally over in the year 2005. But in the year 2012, a $4.05 billion deal was struck by Disney to buy Lucasfilm. Along with it came the announcement of the production of a whole new trilogy series of Star Wars. The Force Awakens was released roughly a decade since the premiere of the last major installment, Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith.
The movie continues right from where the last installment ended, the destruction of the second Death Star. Now, after almost 30 years of disappearance of Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi, the First Order comes into the power wanting to eliminate the Republic. Leia Organa, who has still not given up on her brother, leads the resistance which opposes the First Order while searching for Luke.
In the search of Luke, Poe Dameron goes to the planet of Jakku, but instead ends up getting captured by the Stormtroopers. But during all this, Poe’s droid BB-8 successfully escapes and reaches Rey. Meanwhile, Ren also comes to know of BB-8. With the help of a Stormtrooper FN-2187, Poe finally escapes in a stolen TIE fighter, and meets Finn. However, their stolen fighter craft crashes on Jakku, leaving behind Finn as the sole survivor. Finn runs and finally meets Rey and BB-8, where they are attacked by the First order. The three of them then run away from the planet in a stolen ship.
Soon their ship gets destroyed where they get the much needed help from Han and Chewbacca. It is now that Rey learns about the reason behind Luke’s exile. While the First order again tries to interfere and destroy them, Rey comes across the lightsaber that had belonged to Luke and his family for generations. After encountering a disturbing vision, Rey escapes into the woods and Finn is now entrusted with the responsibility of safekeeping of the lightsaber.
The First Order uses their superweapon to demolish the Republic capital, bringing them to an end. Ron is told to kill his father, Han because of his involvement with Rey. The First Order attacks Han and his partners, but they succeed in escaping unharmed with the help of the light saber. Rey is captured by Ren, but she could not be defeated by Ren and uses a Jedi mind trick to get out of there.
Finn, Chewbacca, BB-8 and Han reach the Resistance base and meet Leia there. A war breaks between the Resistance Base and the Starkiller base, in which Han loses his life. The war ends with Ren getting called back to the enemy camp. Resistance base celebrates their victory while some of them also mourn over Han’s death. Finally the pieces of the lost map are brought together. Rey encounters Luke in the last few minutes of the movie and offers him the lightsaber.
Luke Skywalker, is portrayed by the American actor, producer, writer and director Mark Richard Hamill. Though Luke only appears at the end of the movie, his character still holds great significance to the storyline not only in the previous Star Wars series as well as in the upcoming two episodes of the current series.
Luke’s Sister, General Leia Organa is played by Carrie Fisher. She is one princess that turned into a General. She is portrayed as a defeated person who is tired and disturbed under the immense pressure brought upon her shoulders.
Rey, the self-sufficient, force-sensitive scavenger is played by English actress Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley. Rey is one of the bravest female characters in the series who gains strength from the difficult situations and comes out stronger than she was ever before. Her adventure begins after meeting Finn.
Finn is a ransomed First order Stormtrooper, brought into light by John Boyega. The character of Finn is the most interesting of all. He was found as a boy, who falls into dangerous situations and it is his reaction to danger that changes the course of his entire life. His life is unique in a certain way which intrigues the viewers about him.
Han Solo is played by the famous actor-producer Harrison Ford. The character of Han develops with the series. Often seen as emotional, Han is the character with a wealth of knowledge and street-smartness. He is killed by his own son Ren in the seventh episode of the series.
Kylo Ren, the son of Han Solo is portrayed by the American actor Adam Driver. He is a dark warrior, often seen as unpredictable, stubborn and dangerous. His inner conflict can be clearly seen in his last encounter with his father.
Other than this there are many characters that play important roles in the movie such as Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o), Snoke (Andy Serkis), General Hux (Domhall Gleeson), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and many more.
The Force Awakens has received an overwhelmingly positive response from the critics as well as the audiences. Right from the announcement of the production, the movie was most awaited by the die-hard fans. It did total justice to its fan club with an amazing script, actors and production quality. Since day one of the release, the movie has been a record breaker. It has already grossed $610.8 million against a budget of $200 million. The movie was released in almost 30,000 screens in 12 different international markets. The commercial success of the movie is just one of the factors to be focused on.
Though it has not been many days since the premiere of the movie, it has already become the winner of the AFI Award, 2015. The movie has also been nominated for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and Florida Film Critics Circle Awards, decisions on which are still pending. To see The Force Awakens on cable TV, check out one of these awesome TV packages.