Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a more then worthy addition to the Star Wars mythos, and provides fans with the same awe-inspiring good time as it's predecessor in 1977."

After  thirty years the dastardly  Stormtroopers still can’t hit the side of a barn !
Like most young & goodhearted people, you will be need to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” this  season. Come on, you know you want to !  Luckily, the JJ Abrams installmet doesn’t disappoint.
Back in 2009, when Abrams rebooted “Star Trek,” he proved that, with talent and genuine fondness for the source material, an aging franchise can not only be reinvigorated, but bettered. Natrually  it was only a matter of time before he took on the superior galactic icon.

Thankfully there’s an ingenious simplicity to this film. From the opening sequence it’s clear that Abrams has no intention of distancing himself from the original trilogy. Abrams was aided in scripting duty by Lawrence Kasdan (who wrote, among other things, “Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”), and Michael Arndt (who wrote, among other things, “Toy Story 3”)-He really breaks down the elements from “A New Hope” and rebuilds them in a fresh but familiar way . It’s a perfect combination of source material and giddy genius that shows through and through in every scene.
Now since the happy ending of “Jedi,” the Galaxy is again seeing dark times. Luke Skywalker has disappeared, and the sinister First Order has risen to power thanks to Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and his masked apprentice Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). They aim to find Skywalker, and eliminate the last hope of the Jedi Order.

The resistance, led by the now General Leia, has hidden clues to Luke’s sanctuary in feisty droid BB-8, with ace pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), runaway Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega), and mysterious scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) all do their part to keep BB from the bad guys.
Later Han Solo and Chewbacca join the fun, and it’s fun time !.

“The Force Awakens” is eerily true to the sensibilities of the original trilogy, though the script is more humorous and the actors are more talented & seasoned . Oscar Isaac is absolutely one of the most gifted actors working today, and Domhnall Gleason impresses again as the evil General Hux. While Adam Driver brings menace as well as nuance, with relative newcomer Daisy Ridley looking like a real jewel.

I'll say that just seeing Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher back in their iconic roles brings a wealth of good will that Abrams was smart enough not to squander.
The entire look of the film is right, with the entire universe, just like the famous trio of actors, aged to perfection.