There’s a new sequel emerging out of an era of reboots and remakes. Hollywood is beginning to revisit properties that are 10, 15, 20, even 30 years old. We saw it earlier this year in the film Creed and again in Jurassic World. The recently released Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) trailer also shows a return to the post-invasion world of the original Independence Day (1996). These types of films are what Screencrush has dubbed the age of “legacyquels.”
The Force Awakens finds the franchise’s beloved characters 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. However, there are a handful of new characters, portrayed by Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver, and more. Director J.J. Abrams does a magnificent job of taking audiences back into the world of Star Wars which appeals not only longtime fans, but also to a new generation. The new cast members blend in well with the original cast members, including Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill. The standout character of this trilogy will undoubtedly be Rey, the scavenger from Jakku. Though her lineage is still unknown, her prominent role in the film is evidence of her importance in this story. She is strong, independent, and more than capable of caring for herself, as is shown through her ability to fight off thieves, Stormtroopers, and others.
Without a doubt, my favorite character in The Force Awakens was Kylo Ren. As we learned in the film, Kylo Ren was the master of the Knights of Ren and trained under the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke. And, as made evident by the trailers, Ren is obsessed with Darth Vader and aims to “finish what [he] started.” His obsession with Darth Vader is expressed further throughout the film and adds depth to his character. Kylo Ren, though, isn’t a full-fledged villain by the end of the film. J.J. Abrams elaborates on the characters arc an interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“Long before we had this title, the idea of The Force Awakens was that this would become the evolution of not just a hero, but a villain,” Abrams said. “And not a villain who was the finished, ready-made villain, but someone who was in process.”
And don’t worry: the failings of the prequels are nowhere to be found in The Force Awakens. However, audiences will find some notable connections to the previous episodes, so huge nerds (like us) are sure to spot them. There will also be many who find parallels between The Force Awakens and A New Hope. The dark side has risen in a new form, new heroes come to the forefront, and old friends return to save the day. The plot of The Force Awakens essentially rehashes the events of the original film; history repeats itself. This is, after all, a family story. The question is: what new characters are related to the older ones? Continue on for all the spoilery details.
What did you think of The Force Awakens?