Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Time: 135 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
  • Director: J.J. Abrams
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Harrison Ford, Oscar Isaac


A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas and set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983).


  • “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” Who would not thrill at the sight of those words which, for moviegoers of a certain generation, are as much a part of their childhood as “Once upon a time…”? George Lucas’ words call to something deep within and hearing Han Solo utter “Chewie, we’re home” at the end of the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was enough to reduce anybody, Star Wars fan or not, to tears of joy.

    The seventh chapter of the space opera saga of the Skywalker family and those caught in their orbit for better or worse is an absolute reinvigoration of the franchise. Yes, it has flaws and lapses in logic that will surely be analysed, dissected and pored over. Yes, it may be too reverential to the original trilogy, which could be deemed as pandering to the fan base. More than a vast improvement over the prequels (which all proved why, with the exception of the first Star Wars, Lucas should never write or direct any of the films), The Force Awakens is a film that manages to merge the old and the new, cannily exploiting the inherent nostalgia whilst retelling the tale in a thoroughly modern way. It is both darker in tone and lighter in humour, but still fairly binary in its worldview. It is still good versus evil, the individual versus the state, the son versus the father with the galaxy as both playground and battlefield and themes of the inevitability of destiny and the bloodlines that we can never escape.

    Indeed, these are themes that director and co-writer J.J. Abrams explored to fine effect when he revived the Star Trek franchise. Abrams and Joss Whedon, the other keeper of the blockbuster flame, are the natural heirs to the kingdom that Lucas and Steven Spielberg created in the Seventies and Eighties when their imagination and creativity updated the serials of the 1930s and 1940s. Both Abrams and Whedon have a tremendous knack of resurrecting franchises and the superhero genre from the cheese in which they were heavily embalmed. Both successfully mix seemingly disparate genres, respect the mythology without taking it too seriously, feature strong female characters in their work, have their romantic couples communicate in the style of the screwball, and deploy wisecracks to undercut moments that veer into the overly serious or sentimental. Thus the first exchange between Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), one of the leaders of the First Order, which rose from the ashes of the vanquished Empire, is pregnant with intensity until Poe wonders, “Are you talking first? Or am I? Who’s supposed to talk first?”

    Kylo Ren, obviously worshipping at the altar of Vader, himself cuts both a threatening and humorous figure. Where his idol Darth Vader was wont to display his displeasure with a chokehold, Kylo Ren takes out his anger on nearby machinery, indulging in temper tantrums that would make any teenager proud and scaring off two particular Stormtroopers who round a corner, hear him damaging more equipment, and silently turn and walk away. It’s a lovely visual gag, but Abrams and Driver never let viewers forget that Kylo Ren’s volatility is a most dangerous thing.

    The casting of relative English newcomers Daisy Ridley as Rey and John Boyega as Fin is certainly the strongest example not only of our more progressive times, but also of Abrams’ deviation from the Star Wars playbook. Whilst Boyega’s Fin, a Stormtrooper who has defected from the First Order who also happens to be black, has a more central role than Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian, it would be a disservice to Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia to herald Rey as a new hope as far as female characters go in this series. Let us not forget that Leia was very much in the thick of the action in the original trilogy, effectively saving herself, Han Solo and Luke when the latter two come to rescue her when she is imprisoned aboard the Death Star. Like Leia, Rey, a tough scavenger who comes across a most charming droid named BB-8 (voiced by Bill Hader) who possesses crucial information about the whereabouts of the mysteriously missing-in-action Luke Skywalker, can take care of herself, thank you very much. Ridley and Boyega are perfectly cast; both have engaging presences which will serve as sturdy anchors for the next two chapters.

    Of course, how Kylo Ren, Rey and Fin connect with Luke, Leia and Han Solo is one of the puzzles to be solved in this new entry. Rey’s natural skills as a pilot may position her as Han Solo’s potential progeny – her exceptional maneuvering of the legendary piece of junk that is Millennium Falcon as she and Fin are chased by enemy fighters is one of the film’s early highlights – but, in many respects, it does not matter as much as seeing the old familiar figures of Han Solo, Leia, C-3PO, and R2-D2. Ford, in particular, conveys the confidence that only a good old-fashioned movie star can. Han Solo may be older and a smidge wiser, but he will always be a swashbuckling rapscallion at heart. (Abrams also plants a callback to Ford’s other iconic role, Indiana Jones, during a fight with some multi-tentacled creatures.)

    Shot on 35mm film, The Force Awakens has a visual depth that was lacking in Lucas’ all-digital prequels and the digitally Botoxed versions of the original trilogy. The CGI work is impressive precisely because it blends so seamlessly with the live action and rarely calls attention to itself. The action scenes are rousing and dynamic, and John Williams’ unforgettable score is as spine-tingling and majestic as ever. The Force Awakens is one of the strongest installments in this franchise, completely living up to its title, awakening the force within its fan base and newcomers to the series, and whetting the appetite for the further films to come.

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  • In the late 70’s, my first trip to the movies was with my dad. It was the dog days of summer and drive-in theaters were hip. I saw Star Wars: Episode IV there and have since seen it 100 times over. It was the evolution of sped up sci-fi and countless imitators have tried to ride its coattails. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (my latest review) is the 7th entry in the popular, space opera saga. Unintentionally though, it tries to almost spoof and/or parody the three films from the early, George Lucas era (circa 1977-1983). Case in point: Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) is supposedly Episode VII’s main heavy. Too bad his costume makes him come off more like Rick Moranis in Spaceballs than a new breed of Darth Vader. Dark Helmet well, he just ain’t so dark.

    Anyway, I’m not gonna lie. I am in fact, a Star Wars fan. I can also be a sort of snobbish critic. “Awakens” for the most part, was disappointing. Could it have been the John Williams score which always reliable, seemed unimaginable and sort of rushed into production? Maybe. Could it have been the fact that Mark Hamill (aka Luke Sykwalker) had literally only one minute of screen time? Possibly. Could it have been the (paper-thin) screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan which doesn’t exactly elaborate on intergalactic lore? Sure why not. Finally, could it have been the fact that Chewbacca didn’t age on iota (Harrison Ford on the other hand, looked like your typical, ripe 73-year-old)? Oh you betcha. Bottom line: It’s all of those things and for the record, I could bring myself to only rate this Lucasfilm adventure higher than 1999’s The Phantom Menace. Whereas (pioneer) director George Lucas overloaded the prequels with CGI, kid humor, and uninteresting characters, new helmer J.J. Abrams goes back to the old school ways of Episodes IV, V, and VI to harness his vision in “Awakens”. J.J. is no doubt reputable. However, where’s the awe factor from those previous installments, the sense of foreboding from those previous installments, and the spine-tingling feeling you get from those true sets of blockbusters? As I left the theater, I knew Episode VIII was already in production. I’ll probably go see the darn thing anyway and that’s the Jedi mind trick I just can’t shake (ha ha).

    Now what made the early flicks so memorable, was how there was a half-hour to an hour of buildup. The character development was there, the scenes were set up well, and the music chillingly advanced those scenes. Abrams on the other hand, wants to over-impress the audience. He wants to get your action-packed approval within 15-20 minutes. I didn’t care about storm trooper Finn (played John Boyega) and fighter pilot Poe’s (played by Oscar Isaac) relationship because it seemed manufactured (they barely got to know each other). And I didn’t care that so many critics (and audience members) compared “Awakens” to the 1977 original. Yeah there’s that familiar adage where something of importance is planted in a droid (BB-8). In truth though, there’s no real differential. A New Hope belongs in a time capsule where Star Wars: The Force Awakens is humdrum to the nth degree. Maybe a second viewing might change my mind but for now, it’s a mixed affair. Rating: 2 and a half stars.
    Of note: J.J. Abrams does a substantial job here with the battle scenes, lightsaber fights, and cinematography via the veritable Star Wars worlds. But if you wanna see true genius in him you’re better off checking out his masterwork, Star Trek Into Darkness. Just a random thought.

    Rating: 2.5 out of 4 stars

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  • Quickie Review:

    The Galactic Empire has fallen, but thirty years later from its ashes rises a new threat to The Republic. A rag-tag group of heroes and resistance fighters must come together to face The First Order and the dangerous new weapon they’ve built. Meanwhile, the mysterious figure known as Kylo Ren is on a mission to finish the journey to the dark side, following his idol Darth Vader. Star Wars TFA, is not perfect but it is the film the fans have been aching for. The focus is back on the characters and their relations, set in the grand operatic setting of Star Wars. Familiar heroes are back to bring out your nostalgia but more importantly the new cast make an impactful impression, leaving you excited to see more of them in the future films. TFA does traverse some familiar plots from the original story but sets the stage for exciting adventures ahead without sacrificing the thrill of this film. If you aren’t one of the millions already seen the film in the first weekend, make sure you aren’t missing out soon.

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    At work I’ve seemed to have built up a reputation of being a rabid fan of Star Wars. Though that’s true, I am a huge fan of the franchise, the fandom all over the world goes far beyond. Considering the hate towards the prequels, many fans including myself had their hopes riding on TFA. Thankfully, the movie was able to re-capture the magic of the original Star Wars.

    While we do see some of our favourite characters returning, the focus of the movie is truly on the new cast. First of all, the two leading heroes Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (Jon Boyega) are instantly likeable. These are not the one note characters of the prequels, they are layered and have growth that feels natural. Their charming personalities had me invested in the perils they are thrusted into. On the darker end, we have Kylo Ren so wonderfully portrayed by Adam Driver. He deserves the honour of being a great addition to Star Wars hall of villainy. In just one film I got to know so much about his conflicts and ambitions. Yet at the same time there is still a veil of mystery on the character, an intrigue behind him that I can’t wait to see be explored more in the later films. We also get to see more characters from the original trilogy, the highlight of which was Han Solo. At no point did it feel like he was just playing this role again for some easy cash. He was right at home playing Han which made it all the more fun for me to watch him return to this beloved franchise. Other recognisable icons are used in a smart way, with moderation as to not grab the attention away from the story.

    Aside from the great cast, I enjoyed the way the film was shot. One of the biggest point of their marketing was the use of practical effects, and it pays off. I will make the claim now, this film will age much better than the prequels, because everything feels authentic and tangible. The practical effects brought a sense of realism to the fantasy of this world. The action scenes were beautifully shot with all the dogfights and gunfights getting your blood pumping. On top of that I loved the light sabre fights. There are no fancy CGI jumps and twirls, instead it was a messy fight for survival, driven purely by rage and fear. These weren’t scenes for just spectacle but ones that furthered the growth of the characters involved, a critical moment in their journey with the Force. I’d like to say more about some scenes that I feel will become iconic in the future but I will leave that for you to experience.

    Though I loved the film, it is not perfect. The main issue it comes down to is the fact there are too many similar story points in TFA borrowed directly from the original trilogy. So for the most part the movie plays it quite safe. At the same time my main complain of the prequels was that they don’t feel like a Star Wars adventure. However, TFA does capture that sense of magic and adventure of Star Wars, so in a way borrowing the story elements did help. Moving forwards I’d like to see newer ideas come into play but that’s something to discuss in 1.5 years from now (let the countdown begin for Episode 8!).

    Again if you aren’t one of the millions who have rushed out to see it, don’t wait too long. Go now and experience what we’ve always loved about Star Wars, great heroes, great villains, great action, and great mythology. Star Wars The Force Awakens gives me confidence in the future of this franchise.

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  • Star Wars. For men over the age of 40, it brought them a story that was far, far way, but groundbreaking. For those who are younger, it is an origin story that gave us a whiny, young Vader and Jar Jar Binks.

    But Disney has tried to forever change the things of our children, with the MCU and now Star Wars. And don’t worry, this will be SPOILER FREE. So what can I say publicly before someone chokes me with the force for saying too much? Well, for starters, this is the movie that is re-launching perhaps the best movie franchise of all time.
    So yea, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens does have some high standards from us cosplayers going out for the midnight premieres.

    It has been 30 years after the Empire fell to Luke Skywalker and the Resistance. But decades Luke defeats his father, a new evil rises: The First Order. Like the Empire, they are attempting to rule the galaxy, and with Luke Skywalker gone, there is no Jedi in sight to stop them.

    With a map supposedly leading to the secret whereabouts of Luke, a new champion of the dark side, Kylo Ren, is trying to find Luke in order to…well, we just don’t know exactly (hopefully Episode VIII covers that).

    J.J. Abrams proved that his cinematography, especially during action scenes, ante up the scenes that we have grown accustom to from him. No real signature lens flares, but rather a combination of great directing with the editing and music we have come to know from every Star Wars movie. Even the humor in the movie didn’t feel forced (pun indeed intended), and brought more of a heartfelt feeling to the franchise. and the returning characters from the previous Star Wars movies didn’t feel out of place, as Han Solo, Princess Leia, C-3PO, and even Chewy all come back, fusing well with the newcomers of this mythology.

    Finn and Rey will easily be fan favorites, with Finn’s scared shitless self but willing to fight against his former “employers,” and Rey’s furioso-ness allow them to truly be loved and part of this universe. They both showed full range, by portraying characters that have much integrity and strength within them, but feel very vulnerable (just watch the scene been Kylo Ren and Finn fighting it out with light sabers!).

    I would say though that Oscar Isaac as pilot Poe Dameron had his moments of badassery, but felt like one more scene was needed to put him in the ranks of being a top memorable character. Yes, with 30 years being crammed into a 2 hour movie, there will be some questions people have, or scenes that one wishes was longer. But we have another TWO episodes to go, and the main characters have already been flushed out and full of personality.

    Kylo Ren, who many thought was just a newer, younger Darth Vader, actually has more emotions and humanity in him than you would think. Whereas Anakin was a whiny teenager in the prequels, Kylo Ren instead shows a man that is on the Dark side, but not fully consumed by it.

    With so many new characters being introduced, you knew that some things were not going to be explained fully. Like how did The First Order rise in such a quick time period? And how did Kylo Ren became who he is today?
    True fans of Star Wars will pick up on one thing: there will be times where the film will be similar to the plot in Episode IV. Then again, both episode IV and VII are introductions to trilogies, so of course, character development will be important in these movies and not so much intense light saber battles.

    I will share ONE spoiler: Captain Phasma is no Boba Fett. Captain Phasma is more of a shinier storm trooper.
    Yea, I said it.

  • (Rating: ☆☆☆ out of 4)

    This film is recommended.

    In brief: In the capable hands of J.J. Abrams, this saga will live long and prosper (wrong film series, but right sentiment).

    GRADE: B

    There is a force reawakening the latest Star Wars installment and his name is J.J. Abrams. This gifted director quickens the pulse of an aging and dying franchise and resuscitates the series, breathing new life into this once glorious vibrant serial. He deftly mixes our love and nostalgia of the old with the state-of-the art technology of the new, blending beloved older characters from past entries with more contemporary prototypes and insuring a long life-span to the series. The end result is a thrilling sci-fi adventure film that delivers in its action sequences but plays it all-too-safely with a winning formula that never come near George Lucas’ original source.
    Chaos continues to reign in a galaxy far, far away. Now the evil First Order wants to dominate the universe while rebel forces try to fight against it. The good guys from the Old Guard (Han Solo, Chewbacca, Leia, Luke and the droids) are back and their new replacements (Rey, Finn, Poe and a new droid) battle the bad guys (Kylo Ren, General Hux, and the Supreme Leader Snoke, plus many Stormtroopers). That’s the thin story in a nutshell and all one needs to know or gets from the efficient screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt and Abrams himself.

    The CGI is top-notch and the action scenes are very well staged, although I personally had some trouble with the choppy editing undercutting some of the excitement, especially with the climactic light saber duel. With all the creativity and talent behind it, the film cannot disguise the fact that it relies too heavily on its first two films from the series (or should I say
    its forth and fifth chapters, to be more precise), taking those plot devices and upgrading it for today’s moviegoing audience. In truth, originality is a scarce commodity in this hybrid film, even if the visuals do impress.

    Yet, how could you not be in rapture with the likes of the charismatic Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher as they past the torch to the newcomers, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, and scene-stealer, Daisy Ridley? Also giving their best malevolent moves are Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and an effective Adam Driver as a Darth Vader wannabe. Plus, Lupita Nyong’o offers super voice-over work as a memorable CGI creation named Maz Kanata and John Williams’ flawless score continues to make this film soar lightyears and beyond.

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a joyful escapist entertainment as crowdpleasers go. And no review, be it a positive rave or less than glowing words from the dark forces within some critics, can topple this galactic blockbuster.

    NOTE: The 3-D IMAX effects are less than earth-scattering, literally. So save your money and see it in its standard format.

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  • The fun comes from the action-packed plot and the great special effects. The emotion comes from the reappearance of treasured old characters and their original actors. First comes Han Solo and Chewbacca (“Chewy, we’re home”). Then Han meets his old love Princess Leiea (“You hair is different”). Utlmately the Resistance — and we — reconnect with Luke Skywalker. The powerful Jedi is offered his old light sabre in the hope he will return from his retreat to assume the responsibilities of government. And yes, CP-30 and R2-32 also return.
    The film ends on the Rey’s extending the light sabre to Luke. A modest proposal: Perhaps a sequel might reveal his response?
    But the core of the film rests on the growth and resourcefulness of the two unlikely heroes: the woman scavenger, Rey, and Finn, the black man of conscience who shucks his white Storm Trooper uniform shell to flee the vicious First Order. “Because it’s the right thing to do,” Finn helps the stranger Poe Dameron. Finn and Rey rise from their respective underclass. Finn knows Solo as “the Rebellion General” but to scavenger Rey he’s “The smuggler.” Each identifies with a different aspect of the hero.
    That’s where we find the film’s primary reflection upon our times. Two resourceful underdogs bring new spirit and will to the side that would turn The Force back to the service of humanity — and all its mutant offshoots.
    While Princess Leia rules the isolated Resistance, in hope her brother Luke will return to fulfil his destiny, the other woman, Rey, provides the real courage and technical savvy. “I’m no-one,” she identifies herself to Maz Kanata, another version of the power of woman. But Rey is utterly self-reliant. When she first connects to Finn she has to keep pushing away his helping hand; she runs ahead and ends up saving him more than he her. As she trumps even Solo, he almost offers her a job. She’s the hero of our times.
    As General Drux describes his plan, the situation may reflect our global political situation. The First Order is a heartless, vicious tyranny that seeks universal rule. As Drux relishes “the end of the Republic. The end of a regime that acquiesces to disorder,” he can be read as proposing an end to the “disorder” of our freedoms. That evokes the sharia of ISIS.
    To justify destroying the New Republic he charges it with lying to the galaxy while secretly supporting the Resistance, which Drux condemns as the “treachery of the rogues of the Resistance.” He sounds the ISIS charge to a global caliphate, or at least any fascist attempt at total power: “All remaining systems will bow to the First Order and will remember this as the last day of the Republic!”
    Supreme Ruler Snoke is less a man than a wisp of shrivelled evil that slips in and out of materialization, less a person than a malevolent idea. ISIS fits today, as the Nazis would have 80 years ago.
    In such an intergalactic plethora of humanoid forms, what god could possibly be made in man’s image. So the world of Star Wars is a world without religion. The First Order suggests an ISIS stripped of its religious pretence.
    In antithesis to the Christian trinity, the new film doubles down of the father-son dynamic. This time the good father breeds a malevolent evil son. We long ago shared Luke Skywalker’s shocked that monster Darth Vader was his father. Here the evil Kylo Ren is the son of Han and Leia, seduced to the Dark Side. He dedicates his command of The Force to evil. He has assumed Darth Vader’s helmet and sombre wheeze. But as he admits to Snoke, sometimes he “feels it, the call from the light.” In his showdown on the long narrow bridge with Solo he has to choose, as Snoke predicted, between his father Solo and false guide Snoke. He choses the false father over the true, the Dark side over humanity.
    When Kylo Ren removes his helmet, shows his face and seems to submit to his emotional connection to his father, we have hope. “I’m being torn apart, “ he tells his father. “I want to be free of this pain. I know what I have to do but I don’t know if I have the strength to do it. Will you help me?” Of course Han promises “Anything.” That flash of human vulnerability and feeling is what Adam Driver is brilliantly cast to deliver in that moment. That’s dashed. Solo draws near, till Kylo Ren impales him on his light saber. Solo still caresses his son’s cheek, forgivingly, before plunging to his death.
    When Kylo Ren ignominiously loses his climactic duel with Rey — not just a woman but a scavenger of junk — the evil empire he has served crumbles beneath him. The forces of humanity win out over the forces of night, characterized here as the dehumanized Storm Troopers and vicious Dark Side.
    The West’s current confusion before the cultural onslaught by radical Islamists seems to bear out Yeats’s prophecy in “The Second Coming: (1919):
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
        Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
        The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
        The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
        The best lack all conviction, while the worst
        Are full of passionate intensity.
    The new Star Wars recovers the good guys’ conviction and passionate intensity. Hence Leia’s “Hope is not lost today. It’s found.”

  • J. J. Abrams keeps things on an even keel. This is a well written and very well made movie. Unless you’re some sort of Star Wars nerd you will find it enjoyable and a good addition to the series.
    As the writer, Abrams had a lot of help. Lawrence Kasdan has been in the Star Wars family for quite a while as well as other franchises that go along with it. Michael Arndt also has an impressive resume. None of them risks very much. The movie is derivative but not a photo copy. It has some nice twists but often you knew what was going to happen because there wasn’t much of a choice. As the director Abrams does an excellent job keeping it all looking fresh if familiar. It leaves me to wonder if the next films in the series will be more adventurous. They certainly leave it wide open for a sequel so there must be more coming.
    Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher are all back and doing an excellent job of maintaining their characters while allowing them to age gracefully. There are new faces, however, all over, everywhere and some of them are not the expected choice. John Boyega plays Finn and pulls off the conflicts that make this character believable. Rey played by Daisy Ridey, is another character who has to make her way through an emotional storm of conflict to get where she is by the end of the movie and Ridley does it well. Adam Driver amazes me where he pops up and how well plays the characters. His Kylo Ren is convoluted and confused but direct as a light saber. Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew are back as C-3P0 and Chewbacca and have lost none of the character that made them so memorable. It is these actors who make up the backbone of the story and they hold it well.
    But get ready for some of the other acting talent that went into making this film. Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Simon Pegg, Judah Friedlander, Andy Serkis, and, as a consultants, Bill Hader and Kenny Baker, are all in the movie and help to give it believability.
    I give this movie 3.5 light sabers out of 4 but I’m holding my breath. I want to see what is done next. It’s one thing to bring us in with the tried and true but something else entirely if the next film is more copy than original.

  • “Hope is not lost today… it is found.”

    Finally I was able to admire this highly anticipated feature film. Although, I wasn’t waiting impatiently for this new episode, like so many millions of other Star Wars fans. I always have to think hard while trying to situate this Star Wars movie in the whole saga. All that prequel, sequel or semi-sequel mumbo jumbo isn’t something I’m thrilled about. To be honest it annoys me immensely. When I was an 11-year-old boy I went to the theater, together with an uncle, to watch the very first Star Wars movie. Afterwards I came out of the theater totally flabbergasted. It just knocked me of my feet. This was, at that time, never seen in any previous movie and was quite impressive. Especially for a young boy like me. The following two sequels build further on these foundations and kept the magic around Star Wars alive.

    The magic disappeared for me the moment Episode I (To be clear, not the very first movie, but the first movie in the complete saga) came out. Hopefully they won’t release an episode situated even further in time, otherwise they have to renumber the whole shazam again. Don’t get me wrong. Episode I wasn’t bad looking! That would be a joke. I’m sure that 22 years after the first original film was made, the filming techniques and the creation of computer animations improved significantly. Not? So for me the package on its own was more stylish and impressive, but the content was soulless. I had such a “lets-think-up-yet-another-episode” feeling (and that feeling stayed the next two films). Commercially “The force Awakens” was a masterstroke. “Let’s go back to the essence and the spirit of the first movie” the masterminds of Lucasfilm thought. Maybe “The Force” woke up in this film. In my eyes it’s just a harmless pilot flame what’s left.

    R2D2, C3PO and Chewbacca stood the test of time well. The only ones who couldn’t stop their aging process, are Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. However, you can only see the latter for a few minutes. That’s just to make sure there’s room for some more sequels. And again, lets hope there won’t be a prequel for this one, otherwise you can expect a Star Wars 4.2 and 5.2. However, I was wondering if the story, some events and the ultimate outcome hasn’t been used before. Yes indeed. Just put the original film next to this version, and you’ll soon find several analogies. And that even without a magnifying glass. It all looks well polished and stunning (the chase scene with Rey controlling the Millennium Falcon while being chased by two Tie Fighters, is breathtaking), but it had less impact on me as the very first film. I even knew when the famous phrase “May the force be with you” would be used. I think there’s also a tiny, small “force” inside me!

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