Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Spoiler Free Review

The day has come! It has arrived!! After 30 years of waiting (32 years for some) the day is finally here!!!

I have read all the rumours and interviews and hunted down anything and everything I could find about Star Wars: The Force Awakens with more precision and determination than a Mandolorian looking for bounty.

Star Wars: The Quest for Trailers

I have watched the official teasers and trailers, and I have watched the fan-edits and timeline trailers…in

The Dark Side iMax Theatre Entrance
Entrance to the theatre at BFI IMax.

fact, I’ve seen so many of them so often that  it has led me to organise all my favourite videos on YouTube – as of today I have 102 videos related to Star Wars on my account and most of them are some form of trailer or interview with the cast of The Force Awakens. Needless to say that I am a fan. I cannot say I am the biggest fan in the world, but I’m certainly vying for a spot in the higher levels of Star Wars fandom.

Creators of Dreams and Magic

When I heard that Disney was buying Lucasfilm, I was in awe. For

many reasons I thought this would be the perfect company to buy one of the most popular movie franchises of all times. There would surely be more merchandise (yes I love it!), more paraphernalia, and perhaps most importantly Disney has lately proven to be quite good at creating films that are not primarily directed at young children so MOAR MOVIES!!! No company in the world can put a show and immerse you into a magic more than Disney.

MOAR MOVIES!!! Five movies so far announced, three of them being the “crown jewel” of the Lucasfilm and Disney empire, Episode 7, 8 and 9.

Lucasfilm and Disney with all their might (and money) got married and have finally delivered the long, long oh so long awaited sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy. Bob Iger, arguably the most powerful man in the entertainment industry, and Kathleen Kennedy, the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy and current president of Lucasfilm and possibly the most powerful woman in the entertainment industry, embarked on the task of satisfying us, the fans. But that task might sound simpler than it actually is, even Mr. Lucas himself failed to achieve that goal with Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. And so they turned to a new captain to helm the Star Wars universe, a new hope in which we fans put our faith. None other then Steven Spielberg himself advised them that there would be no better option than to hire the talented, successful and huge Star Wars fan himself, for this task, J. J. Abrams.

Despite being hesitant to take this daunting task, J. J. took the leap of faith and embarked on the journey to rejuvenate this epic franchise and return it to its former glory.

May the chills be with you

On 28th November 2014, the first teaser arrived, and with it came the chills – I instantly became a kid again. A few seconds was all it took for me to get emotional – “…and the light…” Star Wars theme blasts and the Falcon swoops into scene – I actually just got the chills writing this.

Pre Movie Pictures on the Screen iMax
Screen just before the Movie starts at the BFI IMax in London.

Despite my initial euphoria, I started to get cautious. Lets face it, it is hard to get it wrong with that theme and the Falcon doing its magical hunk of junk manoeuvres, but I have been burned by Star Wars before, so I was bracing myself for a possible disappointment.

At Comic Con San Diego 2015 they revealed the trailer, narrated by Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker himself, and to top it all Han and Chewie finally arrived home again…stop cutting onions when I am watching this stuff for crying out loud!

Moar trailers and moar interviews to a point that I got tired of hearing the words “practical effects”. They were using it like Apple uses “magic” during their keynotes, but you know what, I don’t care, because I love practical effects and I think that this is one of the things that immerses us into the “reality” of the movie. Listening to the passionate interviews on how the cast and crew behaved, seeing Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) on the trailers I could feel the energy and how much talent this movie showcases.

And yet, after all that, I was still a bit cautious. While 99% of me knew that this was going to be a hit movie, that one percent, that scar left by Star Wars The Phantom Menace still lingered.

I will watch what you started

And so, finally , we come to the movie.

The screen goes dark…the theatre is silent…and bam the Star Wars theme song blasts… I’m hooked.

With just the right amount of action, comedy, and special effects (practical or otherwise) J. J., Kasdan, Kathleen and their team delivered!

What a performance from Isaac, Boyega, Driver and Ridley!!! You really feel for the characters and you are quickly drawn once more into that galaxy that is so far away and yet so close to our hearts.

I still have to decide if this is on part with best films from the originals or if it can take the mantle of being the best Star Wars movie yet. It may take a few more viewings but I suspect I will only really know once I’ve watched Episode 8 and 9.

I would like to say a special thanks to all the people involved in the making of this movie. May the Force be with you.

 

TL;DR: It is Awesome

 


Photo Source: StarWars.com

M Hatti

International man of non-mystery. My passion for all things tech comes from a very small age, since the first time I learned how to connect a VCR and make it work (I was 5). My first PC was an Apple II. I have fond memories about the first time I connected to a BBS and the first time I connected to the Internet via that same bulletin board system. I love films and TV series.