Daisy Ridley as Rey and BB-8 in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
On October 30th 2012 media mastermind George Lucas Sold LucasFilm and its properties to Disney For a Mega-Whopping 4.5 Billion Dollars, with half upfront in cash and the rest in Disney shares. From this point forward fans new they were in for another dose of X-wings Dogfights, lightsaber duels, and of course The Return of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). However, JJ Abrams Initially turned down the director’s seat as sequel weariness had set in. But, what turned his No into a Yes was the idea of rediscovering this vast universe once again. An Idea that the film spends a good majority of time on as it explores the origins of three bold new characters thirty years after the destruction of the 2nd Death Star.
After escaping the clutches of the First Order: an anarchist group inspired by the Galactic Empire led by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Stormtrooper-Turned-Resistance-Soldier Finn (Newcomer John Boyega) aided by fighter pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) crash land on the Tattooine like planet of Jakku. As Finn leaves the crash site with notion of having lost a friend too soon his mission is clear find BB-8: a charismatic yet, orange and white ball-shaped astromech droid that holds a map to the vanished Luke Skywalker (Hamill), as the galaxy is once more in need of his support. Along the way however, BB-8 has befriended the scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley making her feature film debut) that sparks an immediate love-struck friendship between the two as the first order forces the couple off jakku in the stolen Millennium Falcon. Only to be pulled aboard a freighter piloted by familiar faces Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew).
Analyzing plot mechanisms any further would leave an unsavory taste in the mouth as the film no doubt is still making its way into the lives of anyone who has loved Star Wars or is rather interested in and viewing the series for the very first time. However, those familiar with this saga will notice the similarities between The Force Awakens and A New Hope as the film heavily draws inspiration from it. However, Kylo Ren is no Darth Vader and loses his menacing appeal after removing his mask.
Daisy Ridley’s Rey provides hope for a new generation as she not only has the good looks for it, but the ability to carry the new trilogy as Mark Hamill did before her; Aided by John Boyega’s Finn whose path is not yet determined by the acts of this film, will nonetheless make a great addition to the new trio that will surely find its place alongside existing cannon.