(K. Brent Tomer),
Warning: This review contains details of “The Force Awakens”, though no major plot spoilers.
IN THE opening minutes of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, a stormtrooper stops in the middle of his unit’s assault on a village of innocents to help a dying comrade, who reaches up and smears his white helmet with streaks of blood. It is a jolting moment of humanity in this galactic story of good versus evil, a hint that this film is something more than the epic crowd-pleaser fans have been awaiting for more than 30 years. For the first time in the “Star Wars” saga, a stormtrooper becomes something more than a thug, stooge or prop—the beginnings of a fully realised character with emotional depth in Finn (John Boyega). He is reluctantly under the command of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), a masked villain with an altered voice who is in search of plans hidden in a droid that must not get into the hands of the Resistance—and who, like Darth Vader, has a somewhat Sophoclean backstory. We then meet the heroine of the film, a young scavenger of mysterious origins, who, like a certain young Skywalker from long ago, is coaxed to…Continue reading