Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Release Year: 2015
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt, George Lucas (characters)
Starring: Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Peter Mayhew, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Mark Hamill, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Lupita Nyoung’o
Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has vanished, and when a pilot on his way to the resistance with a map of his location is captured by The First Order, a stormtrooper (John Boyega) decides to defect and help him escape. On the desert planet of Jakku, they come across the scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley), and soon they are part of a fight between The First Order and the resistance over the location of the last Jedi.
Few films in recent years has been awaited with as much anxiety and as many expectations as The Force Awakens; but everyone can rest assured that J.J. Abrams has managed to restore the Star Wars franchise to its former glory. The opening third of the film is a carefully balanced homage to the orginal trilogy with many similarities both storywise and visually to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). Similarly to R2-D2 in the first film, a droid is entrusted with information crucial to the resistance, this time, however, the droid in question is BB 8, a funny and charming addition to the franchise’s non-human characters. While some might scoff at this repetitivaness there is enough here to make the film feel fresh and furthermore Star Wars has always been more about exciting adventures and lovable characters than original storylines. Apart from the lovable droid we are presented to a cast of young characters: the conscientious stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) and the scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) are a classic pair of biggering friends pushed together by circumstances beyond their control, whereas, Adam Driver (Inside Llewyn Davis, 2013) is great as Kylo Ren, possibly the franchise’s most interesting villain to date. To the film’s advantage Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) play a large part and Ford certainly hasn’t forgotten how to play the old Space smuggler; a part he still handles with great charm and sarcastic remarks. J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, 2009) is definitely a gifted director and he and Star Wars seems a marriage made in heaven, with perfect balance between beautiful Space shots and intimate character moments. With such a confident and near-perfect opening to the newest trilogy we are certainly ready for more!
The production of the film used locations and miniature models whenever possible in order to preserve as much of the aesthetics of the original trilogy as possible.
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