While waiting for the movie to start, my date looked with curiosity at the many geeks dressed up and taking photos at the gala screening while this public personality was trying to act cool both for his own image and for the sake of his date……oh please I’m probably the biggest geek out there.
The hype was real, blue words on a black background, cue Star Wars theme and the crowd cheers and whistles. And here we are, one of us waiting to find out if J.J. Abrams has revitalized the franchise and the other with some memory of the original trilogy about to go through a roller coaster of emotions.
The Force Awakens is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, where the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire have become the Resistance and the First Order, respectively, and follows new leads Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron alongside characters returning from previous Star Wars films.
First of all, J.J. Abrams has definitely stamped his own style on the film with a lot of respect to the nostalgia and spectacular nature of this galactic story while retaining that sense of innocence. I don’t know how to describe this innocence, if you get it….you get it.
The newbies more than held their own, Oscar Issac as Poe Dameron is now my new favourite in the franchise (I needed to find a new one), love the super confident and almost yet not quite cocky style because he’s the best damn pilot for the resistance.
John Boyega as Finn was the surprise of the pack for me. I won’t say he’s the most relatable character but given that he’s a former Stormtrooper you can see he’s going through his own journey in this film.
Now Daisy Ridley as Rey is brilliant! She kicks ass and she’s damn gorgeous. She’s got all the little elements of the original power trio of Luke, Han and Leia in her. Just a bit of each personality which again gives you that nostalgia.
Adam Driver as Kylo Ren is no Darth Vader but he doesn’t have to be and without spoilers you’ll understand why when you watch it.
Now on to the moment we’ve been waiting for! The moment Han Solo and Chewie come on, it’s a feeling I haven’t felt in years. A feeling even the prequel trilogy couldn’t replicate. Harrison Ford is so crucial to this 7th installment but I wish there was a bit more of Carrie Fisher’s General Leia. None the less it’s great to see Ford in his element. It’s as if he never took a break from the role after almost 40 years.
Everything about Mark Hamil’s Luke Skywalker was been kept super secret. So secret that the scripts were printed in black ink on red paper which makes it impossible to photocopy and they were only given each morning of filming.
Well without any spoilers all I’ll say is that you’ll be pleased with the way Luke Skywalker has been handled in this film.
You’ll leave the cinema satisfied with this especially as a Star Wars fan. You’ll either be overjoyed or you’ll be pissed off (like me) but you will be pissed off because there are things you wouldn’t have seen coming in the film. You’ll say “I wish it wasn’t written this way but damn it was done so well”
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Said the date as we left the cinema “Now I understand what the fascination is all about, I loved it” ………That’s the magic of Star Wars right there.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in cinemas 17 Dec
Interview and images courtesy of The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia)
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