The idea of writing a Force Awakens review is pretty intimidating. I don’t make a habit of writing reviews, because I don’t have the time, mostly, but also because when it comes to things such as film, books, food, etc., how one feels about the given topic is very subjective. And I’m very careful about which discussions of subjective topics I participate in, because it’s not too long before someone starts to get all high and mighty with their “expertise” on why someone should like something or not. It’s like telling someone they shouldn’t like a particular flavor of ice cream, or a song because it isn’t academically complex. Screw all that.
Anyway, yeah, usually I don’t write reviews. But, I’m making an exception, because I’m so passionate about Star Wars [the whole franchise, no italics]. Well, it’s not just Star Wars that I’m passionate about. I’m passionate about amazing representations of good vs. evil. It’s a big part of my books. It’s what, in the end, is what we all more or less contribute to in the world, to whatever degree, right?
I guess that’s what it comes down to for me. The original trilogy displayed good vs. evil beautifully, among other things, and while the prequel trilogy was supposed to add to that with context, (and by nature of a prequel, additional exposition), I don’t think it added that much to the power of the franchise. I think that’s why the prequel trilogy fell flat for so many. It felt like a cash grab to many, with forced and contrived elements.
So, here we are, 32 years on after Return of the Jedi, and around 10 years after Revenge of the Sith. As I write this, it is Sunday, 12/20/15. When I looked a few hours ago, The Force Awakens had grabbed the top domestic box office record with a total of about $238 million.. About $40,000,000 higher than the next highest film. I don’t think that’s just blind desperation for nostalgia. I think the film is resonating because the tremendously unique Star Wars struggle between good vs. evil has been picked back up, dusted off, and continued.