Star Wars Episode VI: The Force Awakens

The Force Awakens

(2015)

Directed by J.J. Abrams

Starring Daisey Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis

Rating: ******
              3/6

In 1983,
We got the end of a trilogy,
An enormous, sci-fi trilogy
That made a billion dollars.

Meet BB-8, the most well-developed character in the movie.

To the characters we grew to love,
Though alien, human, robot or dove,
Born on a planet or from the stars above,
We had to say goodbye.

Most of them we would not see,
Even in the Prequel Trilogy.
Our only way was on TV
Till 2015.

And what did we get for all our waiting,
Our decades and decades and decades of waiting?
Did we see what Lucas was contemplating
For over thirty years?

No.

We didn’t get to continue
The story from its residue.
All we got from the Disney crew
Was bitter disappointment.

Disney had just bought the Alligator
From George Lucas, the creator,
A man like Disney, but born later,
And decided to strike it rich,

So they rushed out The Force Awakens,
A pretty weak film, if I’m not mistaken.
The audience and Lucas both got taken.
It’s unfortunate, but true.

What could have been will never be,
For the actors from that trilogy
That ended back in ’83
Are getting pretty old.

A few have died in the last few years,
And more in the preceding years,
Till all who’ve lasted all these years
Are few and far between.

Daisy Ridley as Rey shares a scene with Adam Driver as Ben Solo.

This was probably their only chance
To get things right, their only chance
To do what’s right, and at a glance
It was a direction they were pointed,

But rather than plan out the story well,
They went back to the story well
And they reused the story, well,
The one from the first movie,

So that nothing the original characters had done,
The sacrifices they made while on the run,
Their triumphs and victories and well-earned fun,
Meant anything at all.

“If you kill your character off, you won’t be able to return in a sequel.”
“That’s just what I’m hoping for.”

As movies go, this one was okay,
Not bad, not good, but just okay.
I’m in no hurry to see it again one day,
And that’s a crying shame.

It gets a three out of six from me,
But it missed the chance that it could be
The start of a great new trilogy
Under the name Star Wars.

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