Year Released: 2015
Main Stars: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill , Carrie Fisher , Daisy Ridley , John Boyega , Andy Serkis , Adam Driver , Anthony Daniels , Peter Mayhew , Kenny Baker
Review Date: April 2016
Last watched: November 2017
Number Watches: 3
Format Watched: IMAX 3D (update in Bluray)
“Chewy, we’re home”
It’s back. Not to put too fine a point on it, Star Wars has been away playing easy-listening albums in an elevator far, far away for a number of years now and we were all beginning to worry that middle age had set in.
But now it’s back. Ok, with a lot of catching up to do and quite a lot of everyone trying to put the past behind us. Force Awakens is targeted at all of us, kids to adults, in a galaxy that has enough grounding as to allow everyone watching to feel they could be part of it. No great leaps of too-futuristic, sci-fi faith – except for the Force and light-sabres and Wookies and space ships of course. This is Dusty Sci-fi, the cousin of White-Surface Sci-fi. This is the one that was playing in the street and getting muddy like the rest of us instead of sitting in the parlour eating hi-tech tea and crumpets.
The plot is simple – zero to hero, all due to destiny – but the effects are spectacular and the few twists are set ups for the next v-formation attack force of films. The bad guy is a little OTT and sometimes the stormtrooper hero managed to stay alive when others really wouldn’t but overall this was what I was expecting and what I needed to see so I’m well chuffed with the result.
I didn’t think I’d like the girl but, yeah, she’s good for the part. Low-key and with hidden potential and more than a little chip on that kick-ass shoulder. BB8 – what can I say? Love him/her. Again didn’t think I’d like the obvious R2D2 replacement but all works well.
Production is incredible as you’d expect and direction didn’t look bad first time around. Have to watch again to make sure. Then again. Then again. Then, oh, I guess, again.
Thumbs up. Great movie to watch. A lot to see on subsequent visits. The (Star Wars) Force has indeed re-awakened.
IMAX 3D: Yes. Just yes. There are limits to how much the 3D element will give you and I need to compare to 2D but the IMAX is a no-brainer with effects driven movies like this and the seating is a bit more spaced out, or at least seems to be.
UPDATE: BluRay, November 2017 : So…. yeah….. um….. maybe I was a bit hasty with the praise? No, it’s a good movie, just a copy of the first one and a lot less on the magic. I mean a LOT less magic. This is the third time and now it’s not so inviting. The sets are epic, the effects are epic but the script is dull and I don’t get any feeling from it. The bad guy is too OTT and there’s no feeling of accomplishment. I suspect there’s a part of me that’s seeing the next films being stretched out over the next ten years and wondering if they’ll bother coming up with something new in the same universe. This film was needed for the franchise but I hope they don’t blunt the next one by covering it with the same dollar and pound signs. Cynical? Me? Nah.
Yes. Hope it’s as good the second and third times.
Watch if on TV?
Yes. Think it’s going to stay the pace for me.
Snog, Marry, Avoid, Hug?
Like to Marry….ok, marry. Might be a bit of a trophy partner but this is more than a snog. Unless I’m just on the rebound from the last bunch…?
Update: Snog only. Maybe becoming just a hug. I guess I’ve grown up since we first met and, well, you don’t look as good as you used to so…..