Directed By: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher
Review By: Collin Stroup
Star Wars really needs no introduction. Even for those who haven’t seen any of the films, it’s globally known as “That space thing a lot of people like, but not the one with Shatner.” And with Disney’s marketing strategy of putting Star Wars on everything from billboards to oranges, it’s inevitable that most people knew there was a new one coming out. For people who have seen the films though, this was an exciting time and a new hope for a fresh start in the series.
Without giving too much away, The Force Awakens picks up 30 years after Return of the Jedi with some new and familiar faces. The Empire has been replaced by The First Order and the Rebels by the Resistance because some things just don’t change. As John Williams heroic score blasts through the speakers, we are introduced to a new generation of heroes and villains.
What really sells The Force Awakens isn’t just its characters and a sharp script though. It’s very clear that this was a labor of love for everyone involved. From the puppetry and alien design to the costumes, props, the brilliant cinematography by Daniel Mindel, and every other facet just clicks. This was a film clearly designed for the fans.
The Force Awakens begs you to remember that excitement you had when you first say that Star Destroyer in pursuit of Leia’s ship (or whatever film got you into the series). To remember all the adventures you’ve been on with your favorite characters and to let these new characters take you further into the story. And then it begs you to come back and experience it in IMAX a few more times for good measure.
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