My Movie Review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The newest episode of Star Wars brought back childhood memories. It was really good to see Han Solo and Chewbacca again with Princess Leia. Han Solo didn’t change much and of course, Chewbacca looked as if he didn’t age since the late 70s. Princess Leia did changed a lot and so was Luke Skywalker.

The Plot: A repeat of a prior episode. The story was quite a “mirror” of Star Wars: A New Hope with just some changes. Let’s do a comparison…

… A droid holds an information sought after by both the Empire/First Order and the Rebel Alliance/Resistance. In New Hope or 4, the droid (R2D2) had the technical data of the Death Star while in The Force Awakens or 7, BB8 has the incomplete map of Luke Skywalker’s location.

… The droid landed in a sandy desert planet. In 4, it was called Tattoine while in 7, it was called Jakku. Instead of C3PO, the droid called BB8 was with Finn, a renegade Stormtrooper.

… The new caretakers of the droid, Rey and Finn, need a fast spacecraft to bring the droid back to the rebels. Both used the Millennium Falcon to evade the Empire/First Order.

… The Empire had the Death Star in 4 that can destroy a planet while the First Order had a whole planet called the Starkiller as its Death Star with a capacity to destroy an entire planetary system.

… The Resistance have to destroy the “power generator” of the First Order’s Starkiller similar to how the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Empire’s Death Star.

And of course, the only story worth knowing is the adventure of Rey who later turned out to have the Force inside her just waiting to be awakened and thus, having power over Luke’s lightsaber and giving her the strength to fight Kylo Ren. Darth Vader was replaced by Kylo Ren who is the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia. Unfortunately, Han was killed by his own son. As soon as the Resistance were able to destroy the Starkiller, they were able to complete the map pointing to the location of Luke with the help of R2D2. Rey, together with Chewbacca aboard the Millennium Falcon, went to Luke’s planet. The movie ends with Rey handing over the lightsaber to Luke.

The action scenes and the CGI effects are astounding and appeared more realistic compared to the “cartoony” CGI effects of Star Wars episode 1 to 3. Finn’s turnaround from being a Stormtrooper to becoming a part of Resistance is quite surprising because Stormtroopers were bred since childhood to have an unquestioning loyalty to the First Order, as what General Hux explained to Kylo Ren. Finn is a character whose other purpose is to become Rey’s comic sidekick, like what almost all Disney movies have for their hero.

To sum it up, Star Wars: The Force Awakens succeeded in bringing back the saga alive in terms of its realistic high speed and breath taking actions but failed to introduce a totally new plot that can leave the audience hanging in suspense while watching the movie.

In a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest, I rate Star Wars: The Force Awakens as 3!

The Sony Smartwatch 3, My Review…

My prior smartwatch, Sony Smartwatch 2, had some irreparable “dead pixel” issues and it went dark somewhere in the middle. I liked the battery life of my Sony Smartwatch 2 that I decided to procure its newest version, the Sony Smartwatch 3 with the metallic silver wristband.

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The Sony Smartwatch 3 with the metallic silver wristband. It boasts of the following features: WIFI, NFC, GPS, Compass, Accelerometer, and Gyro. It has voice, touch, and gesture input. It has a 420ma battery and about 2GB of storage memory. 

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Sony Smartwatch 3 is quite heavier compared to its predecessor, Sony Smartwatch 2. The screen design looks very similar to my Samsung Gear 2 Neo.

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Sony Smartwatch 3 is larger than the Sony Smartwatch 2 and has a larger screen. The bezel size on the side didn’t change much. Unlike the Sony Smartwatch 2 which uses a Sony proprietary operating system, Sony Smartwatch 3 is now on Android Wear.

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This is my Samsung Gear 2 Neo. The screen size of Sony Smartwatch 3 is very much like the design of Samsung Gear 2 Neo. However, the Sony Smartwatches have an ambient mode where you can still “read” their clockface even without a backlight (like the Pebble watch). Samsung Gear 2 Neo doesn’t have the ambient feature and you have to turn on the back light to view its screen.

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This was how the built-in clock face of my old Sony Smartwatch 2 looked like before the middle pixels went dead after three years of use. There’s not much clock face out in the market for Sony Smartwatch 2 and most of these clock faces can run the battery dry in less than 2 days.

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This is how a built-in clockface of Sony Smartwatch 3 looks like… and there’s more. In addition, you could also find hundreds of free and paid clock faces in Google Play Store. And using the Android Watchmaker, you can actually build your own clock face from scratch.

Now my verdict…

The Cons… The battery life of Sony Smartwatch 3 is lesser than its predecessor. My old Sony Smartwatch 2 can run for 4 to 5 days in between charging. Sony Smartwatch 3 is only good for 2 days with a maximum of 3 days of normal use (with the tilt wake off). Compared to Smartwatch 2 where you can change its wristband using any 24mm straps, you need an “adapter” to change Smartwatch 3’s wristband.

The Pros… The availability of hundreds of clock faces and applications for the Android Wear is awesome. And since it is using an Android operating system, Smartwatch 3’s connection and notification features with my Android device is superbly seamless. Of course, the screen size does matter. Smartwatch 3 has a larger screen size which makes reading easier compared to the Smartwatch 2.

In short, the Pros outweighs the Cons in Smartwatch 3. I am very happy with my new Smartwatch 3! 🙂