(Some spoilers included)
Thirty years after the events of “Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi” we learn that the last remaining Jedi, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), has gone into hiding.
His sister, Leia (Carrie Fisher), who is now the leader of the resistance against the new dark force (The First Order), is looking for Luke and thinks she has found a map that will lead her to him.
As her best pilot is acquiring the map…..The First Order attacks. Luckily the pilot has time to give the map to his droid, BB-8, and tells it to run….or roll. BB-8 rolls until it finds a friend in junk collector, Rey (Daisy Ridley).
The race is on to get the map to Leia and to find Luke Skywalker.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” follows a similar plot line as “Return of the Jedi”.
In “The Force Awakens”, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) help Rey and disillusioned stormtrooper, Finn (John Boyega), get BB-8 to Leia. But, as in “Return of the Jedi”, this requires knocking out the defensive shields of the bigger and improved Death Star of the First Order, defeating a powerful dark warrior, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and destroying The First Order weapon before it destroys the resistance.
That said, the action in “The Force Awakens” is constant, the computer graphics amazing, and the story zipped along as the lightsaber is passed from the old generation to the new.
A fun movie to watch, but, not one that was terribly original. It is, however, a great homage to the old Star Wars and the old stars.
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