Yep, you read the title right! I found Star Wars: The Force Awakens overrated. It was a good movie, yes but amazing? Not to my taste.
I think it was visually stunning and there were some funny lines in there but it was a pretty shallow movie. The best part of the movie was actually where we are finding out who Rey is. We see how she’s been keeping herself alive and although she doesn’t look like she’s ever had a full meal, she doesn’t sell out BB8. I liked that. But then things quickly descended from there. It was a movie that just looked good and the story sort of became simple. Lucky that there were funny lines here and there otherwise I’d have hated the long movie.
What I didn’t like was how Finn seemingly realises his wrong doings through sympathy towards a fellow storm trooper who was downed. This quickly vanishes as during his escape, he has no hesitation in gunning down fellow storm troopers. I’m also disappointed that there’s no sense of hierarchy in this movie. For example, how strong is Kylo Ren? He struggled against Finn and even had to resort to petty small attacks to wound him. Finn, got his ass kicked by a tongfa wielding Storm trooper yet the main antagonist failed to land a single meaningful blow to him. So he’s actually weaker than Storm troopers? I don’t know why the bad guys are counting on Kylo Ren to lead a huge army. Speaking of the antagonist, when Kylo Ren took his mask off for the first time, I just wanted to laugh! He looked ridiculous. I was expecting a tough face but instead we get a snotty brat face instead. To end my knit picking, I thought it was stupid that Leia doesn’t hug her husband’s life long friend Chewy, instead hugs a random girl she met only minutes/hours ago.
It’s an average movie with good spectacles.