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Star Wars The Force Awakens

 

 

SCORE: 70

Star Wars The Force Awakens 

 

I am very thankful Disney sent Family Friendly Gaming the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD version of Star Wars The Force Awakens for review. This movie has been breaking records, and generating controversy. Star Wars does not have as much content out there for sale as Star Trek does. Both are juggernauts in the science fiction genre. Both have their fan boys and fan girls.

As a stand alone movie I found Star Wars The Force Awakens to be interesting, exciting, and dramatic. As a Star Wars film I was disappointed. I should not be surprised since J.J. Abrams has a history of changing or completely ignoring the cannon for a franchise. He did it with Star Trek, and now he has done it with Star Wars. I will dig deeper into that in a little bit.

I have read a variety of cannon Star Wars novels in my life. I loved reading about how Luke Skywalker got married. I loved hearing about how Leia became a Jedi Knight, senator, and more. I also loved hearing about Hans Solo and his wife Leia. One of their kids (Jacen) turned bad, and became Darth Caedus. Luke Skywalker became the Grandmaster of the new Jedi order on Coruscant. There are all these Jedi, and a Sith planet is discovered.

Why do I bring up all that history? *SPOILER ALERT* Because J.J. Abrams spits on all of that history, and all of that cannon. J.J. Abrams has Luke Skywalker in hiding after Ben Solo turns bad and becomes Kylo Ren. Ben Solo (not one of the children we have ever heard of from Han and Leia before) kills his father Hans Solo. My only hope is they find a sci-fi way to bring Hans Solo back. Which may not happen since the actor Harrison Ford wanted Hans Solo dead thirty years ago. There are so many cool and wonderful stories they could tell that are within cannon. Why throw it all out the window? Holly Weird decided they wanted new younger and diverse faces on the Star Wars franchise. Which makes Star Wars The Force Awakens a real let down for me. I wanted to see the new Jedi Order.

Families will want to be aware of the violence, force religious belief, explosions, death, blood, torture, and more in Star Wars The Force Awakens. The standard awesome music is found within Star Wars The Force Awakens. The locations are cool. There are funny parts, mainly thanks to Hans Solo. BB-8 is an awesome new droid that really fits the franchise well. There are a variety of bonus features that give plenty of behind the scenes, deleted scenes, cast reading, and more.

I wonder if Rey in Star Wars The Force Awakens is supposed to be Allana Solo from the books and accepted cannon of Star Wars. She could easily be Jacen's daughter. The name of this movie is a bit misleading too. Only one character in Star Wars The Force Awakens actually awakens in the force. I was expecting some major awakening, maybe force creatures. I hope the second movie in this trilogy corrects the mistakes of Star Wars The Force Awakens.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 60%
Sound: 85%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 55%
Family Friendly Factor: 70%

System: Blu-ray/DVD
Publisher: Disney
Developer: Lucasfilm
Rating: ‘PG-13’ - Parents Strongly Cautioned {for sci-fi action violence}
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