Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

My review of the latest Star Wars movie

CULTURESHOCK

Score: 4/5

A lot of Star Wars fans were very afraid when Disney bought the rights to the franchise. Added to that was the fact that they hired J.J. Abrams, who had recently filmed the reboot of the rival Star Trek films. How can one director maintain the integrity of two such different universes?

Emancipation

With The Force Awakens we are for the first time introduced to a female lead character in the series. Granted, both Leia and Amidala were strong characters, but Rey is more than ever before in the franchise dominating the screen. Next to that, Finn is the first non-white human to get a lot of screen time (Samuel L. Jackson as Windu really didn’t get that much attention). With this more emancipatory approach Star Wars sets a good tone of change in its previously very white and masculine universe.

Both Rey and Finn give us potentially interesting personas. ‘Potentially’ because…

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