Star wars the force awakens review

Last Friday I finally got to see what I was waiting for since the first time I heard it was in production. I know the craze has been overwhelming. I was even discussing it it my cousin, who is also a big fan. But as he’s 5 years older he was wondering why the hype was that much. We trying to remember if it was was the same when the last 3 movies were released. And here comes the power of social media. However, hype or not (as you can see from the pic in my case it’s HYPE), the movie was absolutely all I was hoping for.

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The story is captivating though not new and as a stand alone movie, it is far from disappointing.

The new characters are interesting, different and at the same time familiar. I love that we get to meet one of the Stormtroopers and that he’s fun and neurotic. Rey, a scavenger from a desert planet who doesn’t know her parents (ahem, Luke anyone)  is a great strong female center character. Kylo Ren as the bad guy is a nice mixture between a troubled young man and a powerful Sith with anger issues. I also loved that we got to see him without his mask. Poe is the dashing Xwing Pilot from the resistance and the owner of the cute BB8 robot. There are more new secondary characters and Han, Leia, Luke, Chewie, C3P0 and R2D2 all return for the enjoyment of old and new fans.

I won’t share any spoilers, but I’d say the story is similar to A New Hope. It’s not a bad thing as for older fans its an awesome nostalgia experience and for newer fans its a great introduction to the Star Wars universe.

I left the cinema wanting to know more why things have turned bad again and I look forward to a second viewing, hopefully when Martin gets home on Thursday 🙂

May the Force be with you !

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Bring on the hype: Star Wars Episode VII trailer is here

As you may know from some of my old posts (here and here), I’m a huge Star Wars fan. And here I am, in awe, and nerdgasming with every scene and just overall filled with joy, as short as this trailer may have been.

I wonder what it will be like though. Dragging out the franchise or actually offering something new? The Star Wars Universe is pretty big, so there is potential.

The trailer shows that the new movie still has the symbols of the soul of Star Wars — X-Wings and TIE fighters and the Millennium Falcon. It also poses some very interesting questions.

Who is John Boyega’s unnamed character, springing from out of shot at the beginning and why is he wearing stormtrooper armor? Is he an Imperial deserter? Or has he borrowed a set of the iconic white coverings to pass as a member of the military just like Han and Luke in Episode IV?

Then there’s Daisy Ridley’s character that according to rumors is a Skywalker-esque figure called Kira, trapped on a desert planet and yearning for excitement and adventure.

In regard to the gruff voiceover that scores both Boyega and Ridley’s appearances: I think it’s a safe to say it’s a Sith.

All things considered, that’s a Sith wielding a distinctive (and much talked about) lightsaber. For now, his intentions aren’t clear, but if he’s anything like every other Sith in Star Wars history, he’ll either want to kill the movie’s heroes or turn them to the dark side.

The teaser ends with something more recognizable. As the Millennium Falcon tries to escape from TIE fighters you can see that the ship’s round radar dish, knocked off during the escape from the second Death Star, has been replaced by a rectangular model.

For me the trailer shows that JJ Abrams is no stranger to Star Wars. With The Force Awakens, the franchise has something new for a galaxy that was shaped in 35 years of filler material — it has mystery again.

Cool quotes from Star Wars’ performers

As you may know, I’m a huge Star Wars fan. What I love about the series is that there’s always something new you can learn about them. Today I’ve gathered some fun and interesting quotes by my favorite actors and actresses (Carrie Fisher, you rock!) that participated in the great franchise. Enjoy!

 

Alec Guinness

The Times reports I’ve made £4.5 million in the past year. Where do they get such nonsense?

Science fiction – which gives me pause – but it is to be directed by George Lucas, who did American Graffiti, which makes me think I should. Big part. Fairytale rubbish, but could be interesting.

It’s a pretty staggering film as spectacle and technically brilliant. Exciting, very noisy and warmhearted. The battle scenes at the end go on for five minutes too long, I feel, and some of the dialogue is excruciating and much of it is lost in noise, but it remains a vivid experience.

Harrison Ford

It’s a little-known fact, but I wanted Han Solo to die at the end of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). I thought it would give more weight and resonance. But George Lucas wasn’t sympathetic. He didn’t want me killed by those teddy bear guys.

I think The Force is in you. Force yourself.

He’s not a cardboard character to me at all. He’s as real as anything else. I never thought of the character as having only two dimensions until the critics said so. And they’re wrong. The third dimension is me.

Carrie Fisher

Mark [Hamill] was off on Dagobah while Harrison [Ford] and I were were getting drunk in Cloud City.

I’m now a Disney Princess!

Leia follows me like a vague smell.

Mark Hamill

The idea of The Force is basically “Religion’s Greatest Hits”.

I can’t tell you how much we laughed on the set to have Alec Guinness in a scene with a big, furry dog that’s flying a space ship.

I laughed all through Star Wars — I thought they were comedies. It was absurd having a big giant dog flying your spaceship and this kid from the farm is wacko for this princess he’s never met, that he’s seen in a hologram, the robots are arguing over whose fault it is … You know, they hook up with a magic wizard and they borrow a ship from a pirate … It was goofier than hell! I loved it! I just seemed so fresh, and like Wizard of Oz meets technology, or whatever, and this and that all thrown together.

Ewan McGregor

Actually, I really want to play Princess Leia. Stick some big pastries on my head. Now, that would be interesting.

I’ve been waiting nearly twenty years to have my own lightsaber. Nothing’s cooler than being a Jedi Knight.

Then I watched the first episode of Star Wars over and over again. I loved it as a kid. It was a bit funny to be paid for it. I’d say to my wife, “I’ve got to go and watch Star Wars again, Sorry. I just haven’t quite got it…” Brilliant.

Liam Neeson

I’m not supposed to say anything but, let’s face it, Jedi knights never die.

I always wanted to be a cowboy, and Jedi Knights are basically cowboys in space, right?