Be advised that this article does have spoilers pertaining to Episode VII so please read no further if you have not seen the movie and do not wish it spoiled in any way.
The latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens which also happens to be episode VII, takes place some thirty years after Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and the rebellion have defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor’s Galactic Empire at the Battle of Endor. In between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, Luke Skywalker had begun to rebuild the Jedi Order and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) likewise began to rebuild the New Republic after the fall of the Empire.
Since then however, an apprentice and nephew of Master Skywalker was seduced by the Dark Side, becoming a dark Jedi named Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), who went on to destroy Luke’s new Jedi Order, then helping to usher in the new First Order as led by Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis).
Episode VII begins as the newly risen First Order is spreading its tight fisted rule over the galaxy, while Kylo Ren is obsessed with doing his best to kill his one time master and last remaining Jedi, Luke Skywalker who is now in hiding, while also trying to follow in his infamous grand Father’s footsteps, Darth Vader. As all this transpires on the galactic stage, a new rag-tag group of unlikely heroes does their best to stop him as the Force is awakening in a new child of the Force who is also seemingly a descendant of the Skywalker lineage, Rey (Daisy Ridley).
While The Force Awakens is a fun, amazing and action packed space opera easily worthy of the Star Wars title and repeated viewings by its legions of fans, what is perhaps most important is the simple fact that the film’s writers, Lawrence Kadan, along with J.J. Abrams, who also happens to be the film’s director, were able to see through all of the smaller multitude of Star Wars related details, facts and established canon straight to the very heart of what makes Star Wars so very special; The Force!
The film’s writers and director were able to give The Force Awakens a very believable and compelling vision of the ways in which the Force is presently unveiling itself through both the trials and tribulations of Ben Solo a.k.a Kylo Ren and in its awakening within Rey, who could very well be the daughter of Master Luke Skywalker himself.
What J.J. Abrams got right was the ways in which the Force was brought to life in the film and the ongoing and very pleasantly surprising seduction by the Light Side of the Force as is being painstakingly dealt with by Kylo Ren as he struggles to carry on in his deadly grand father’s footsteps.
The Force Awakens was a great addition to the Star Wars franchise because it made me a believer in Star Wars and the Force all over again! Episode VII very successfully deals with an aspect of the Force that no one outside of the film’s producers even considered to be something that would be seen in the new Star Wars films, that being the ways in which the light side of the Force can also be a very powerful and uncontrollable wave of potential change and seduction to a dark Jedi.
I simply did not even see the forces and circumstances that are tearing apart Kylo Ren in this film coming, and that is one of the reasons that serves to make The Force Awakens such a great addition to the legacy of Star Wars.
The Force Awakens was not only a great movie, it also serves to illustrate that there is good in all of us and as the movie transports even the most ardent Star Wars fan to a galaxy far far away, it also shows that true hope and the strength needed to carry on in the face of insurmountable odds lies within us all, if we are strong enough to search for, find and confront that truth.
The Force is indeed very strong in Episode VII, The Force Awakens!