Today we’re sharing two reviews of the newest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. I’m sure a majority of you have seen the film, so let us know how your review compares to our teens’s reviews!

All movies and books reviewed are chosen by our teen reviewers, and all opinions are their own.**Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews** 

(Please note that the link to the photo below goes to a novelization of the movie, not the dvd. The dvd is not available in our catalog at this time.)

star wars book coverTeen Reviewer, Neha H., Grade 9

Release Date: December 18, 2015

Rating: PG13

Your rating: 4.5 stars

Genre: Fantasy, science fiction

Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams, is set thirty years after the events that took place in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, and features a wonderfully diverse new cast, as well as some familiar faces. The stars of the original trilogy – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher reprise their roles as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia, respectively. The film centers on a strong female heroine – Rey (Daisy Ridley), a talented and tough scavenger strong with the Force.

The Galaxy is facing a new threat in the form of the First Order, an organization that can be traced back to the remnants of Darth Vader’s empire. General Leia Organa Solo has founded the Resistance movement, in order to destroy the First Order’s new weapon capable of obliterating entire star systems. On the desert planet Jakku, Rey discovers a BB-8 droid that contains an important clue to the whereabouts of the missing Jedi Luke Skywalker. Rey, along with former Stormtrooper Finn, embark on a perilous mission to deliver BB-8 to Resistance headquarters, whilst being pursued by the evil Kylo Ren from the First Order.

Abrams leans toward an older era of filmmaking in The Force Awakens. He is less dependent on computer generated imagery than on concrete sets, contributing to the authenticity and classic feel of the film. Many of the scenes were shot on location in Abu Dhabi, heightening the viewer’s feeling of experiencing the action firsthand.

With rave reviews and a hardcore fanbase, it comes as no surprise that The Force Awakens is such a success. The film calls to mind all of the glorious moments from the original trilogy, while bringing in new energy and a modern update.

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Teen Reviewer, Jessie H., Grade 11

Name: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Release Date: December 18th, 2015

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Personal Rating: 4/5

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the first movie of the sequel trilogy to the Star Wars franchise. It follows a new trio of main characters approximately 30 years after the Battle of Endor in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. An organization risen from the ashes of the Empire threatens peace in the galaxy, and the new main characters (I won’t mention any names for the sake of keeping this spoiler free) band together with some familiar faces from the original trilogy to combat them.

The Force Awakens mirrors A New Hope perhaps a bit too much, and some viewers who have seen the originals may feel like quite a bit of the movie is recycled plot. However, in and of itself, The Force Awakens is a wonderful movie, and it’s especially great for new Star Wars fans. The cast is unique and diverse, bringing to life dynamic characters. None of the new main characters fit very easily into cliché archetypes, and they are not in any way rigid characters. They leave room for character development, which I’m sure will be shown in future movies of the sequel trilogy.

In my personal opinion, The Force Awakens is not as good as any of the movies from the original trilogy, however, it is better than all of the movies from the prequel trilogy. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone, whether they have been watching Star Wars for as long as they can remember or have never seen any of the movies.

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