Written by Lewis Mainwaring & Benjamin Gummery
Spoiler free !!!!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the long anticipated American epic space opera film directed, co-produced, and co-written by J. J. Abrams.
This is the seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series, and is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi (1983).
The Force Awakens is the first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, announced after The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in October 2012.
This film also introduces many fresh faces into the Star Wars universe including Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Ray), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) & Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata).
The Force Awakens opens 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.
The cast in this movie work well as a collective ensemble and sees breakout performances by Ridley and the newest ‘big bad’ Driver.
The movie also provides many ‘call backs’ to the original trilogy and lighter moments which definitely provides some laughs.
The 3D in this movie is used well in some of the more breathtaking sequences, however it does not add that much to what you would see in 2D.
John Willams score is as breathtaking as ever which complements the many sweeping shots of imagined far away worlds which easily live up to those seen in the other instalments.
Lewis – I found this instalment of the franchise extremely well performed both onscreen and behind the scenes. However certain aspects of the plot may upset and possibly anger fans of the original trilogy and have you screaming NOOOOOOOOOOOO at the cinema screen!
Ben – This is another delicious taste of the Star Wars world which many fans have been waiting for and while there are some new elements it follows a similar formula to the original films.
If there is any drawback to this film it is almost too self referential and predictable in places. However JJ. Abrams has done a great job at recreating the Star Wars world we all love so much.
4 lightsabers out of 5 – And can I take BB-8 home with me?
So where does the Star Wars franchise go from here?
Rian Johnson confirmed in August 2014 that he would direct Episode VIII. In March 2015, Isaac confirmed he would reprise his role as Poe Dameron. It is scheduled for release on May 26, 2017. Hamill is confirmed to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker for Episode VIII. On December 4, 2015, Johnson confirmed Christie’s reprisal of Captain Phasma for Episode VIII. In August 2015, Colin Trevorrow was announced as the director of Episode IX.
And let’s not forget the stand-alone films which will be known as ‘Star Wars Anthology series‘. This anthology series with include ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ due for release December 16th 2016, the untitled Han Solo movie due for release May 25, 2018 and a untitled Boba Fett movie due for release in 2020.
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