Star Wars is not a movie. It’s a saga. Age old tradition passed down from one generation to another with loyalties never wavering from its place. With the first outing in 1977, the franchise has never lost its fan base. It just keeps accumulating. It first started with a trilogy and then a prequel trilogy and now a sequel trilogy. It also holds the Guinness record for the “Most Successful Film Merchandising Franchise”. Who can forget the iconic Han Solo’s (Harrison Ford) character coming to an end after three successful outings? Never was the end of a character met with such emotions from fans. To the uninitiated, you have the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance fighting one another. The latter for the control of all the planets of the Universe and the former for freedom.
In the first instalment of the franchise, the Alliance defeats the Empire and ensures universal peace – peace to all living beings (not just Earth!!) with the help of the last surviving Jedi – Luke. Like in all the films, even in the sequence trilogy, you have a Jedi on the side of the Empire (son of Han Solo and Leia Organa) and another on the side of the Alliance. The film starts with the traditional text and the traditional battle of the Empire vs Alliance where the Empire is looking to crush the Alliance.
There is also the traditional Sith vs Jedi with the Sith’s version of the truth and the Jedi’s version of balance. General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) is leading the Resistance and Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) leading the First Order. Snoke has Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) who is strong with the dark side of the Force and Organa has Rey (Daisy Ridley) for support. Who will win the battle? Will the Sith rein? Will the Force be with us? Will the Resistance achieve freedom? Watch the film for answers.
Like in all the previous outings, you have a lovely dose of gravity defying graphics and awe inspiring sceneries. Tragically this is Carrie Fisher’s last outing. The cast including the likes of Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Anthony Daniels (as C-3PO the humanoid protocol droid) live their respective characters. One has to be well versed to the genre and the earlier films of the series to get a hold on the script. If this is your first outing, it will definitely encourage you to watch the remaining. If not, you will enjoy the outing. It becomes very hard to pick out moments from such an outing. Is it perfect? No. Are there any disappointments? Yes – the length of the movie. Having said so, this outing gives many young fans and fan-aspirants to live their dream of being a generation that has a Star Wars. If you are a fan – watch it. If you are not, watch it to become one. May the Force be with you!!