JJ Treads Carefully
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens review by DG
The story goes that J.J Abrams initially did not want to direct star wars 7. He was fearful of the magnitude of what directing such a movie entailed. I can see why he would be sceptical. The original trilogy are ace. If you are a sci fi fan they they must rate right up there with 2001, Alien(s). The grand scale of the the world that George Lucas created was phenomenal . The fact that the man himself chose to direct episodes 1,2 and 3 says a lot about the passion he has for the stories. The reason this has put so much pressure on episode 7 is because episodes 4,5 and 6 are amazing and 1,2 and 3 are poor . Whoever directs 7 has got to make up for the damage done. Not too much pressure then. Hmmm.
What J.J has done is try to give everyone a bit of what they want. There is enough reference to the original trilogy and characters to keep the nostalgia fuelled fans happy(me). There is also a good delivery of new story and characters to keep the new audience involved. People have said that the plot is basically episodes 4 and 6 rolled into one. Yes there are similarities , but to stray to far from the safety line could have been a massive fail.
What we are left with is a film that pleases most of the people most of the time whilst delivering a funny and entertaining space adventure. Not a bad result for a 30+ year wait. 9/10
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Hugely Enjoyable Steam-Punk Hokum - the best since '77.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens review by PV
In my opinion, this is the best Star Wars film since the 1977 first movie which I saw aged 10 at The Odeon, Leicester Square, in London's West End (what a treat!).
I have had NO interest whatsoever in The Phantom Menace, Revenge of the Sith, and the other new Star Wars franchise movies (prequels, I think).
This movie continues on from the 1977 first Star Wars.
It's fast-paced, rooted as it is in 1930s film episodes of Flash Gordon etc, and never lets up with it's slide-cuts and edits to different locations. The Nazi reference is made even more explicit than in the first Star Wars (the dark side First Order could almost wear Swastikas!)
The new droid is wonderfully realised. Harrison Ford looks good as Han Solo. Chewbacca hasn't changed and nor have C3PO and R2D2 (the classic robots for all time).
Now some bad things: the ending seems a bit rushed and illogical (no spoilers); sadly, 'political correctness' means a woman MUST have an action hero role, and this does clash with the 1930s adventure roots of the story - but this sort of thing (making a female character great at technology and fighting) is something of a stereotype in itself now; ditto with race - whether one likes it or not, putting a black character in a lead role makes race a theme, which is a shame, though these pc things have clearly been done to maximise the market (we must remember that 12-13% of the US is black; only 4% of the UK is; 75% of ethnic minorities in the UK are not black but south Asian and other) - maybe it shouldn't, but it does; also, some dialogue falls flat, especially when trying to be funny; and finally, the music - as in songs played by aliens in a bar - is just awful and unmemorable, unlike the great theme in the original Star Wars movie (maybe coz JJ Abrams co-wrote these! Maybe he should stick to directing...).
The John Williams theme music is of course JUST WONDERFUL - the best theme music ever. The first album (remember vinyl?) my mum ever bought me in 1977! Classic score.
Happily, this movie comes in at 2 hours exactly, which is not too long at all (though act 3 could be tightened up). I am sick and tired of movies coming in at 2 and a half hours or more, (often with false endings 2 thirds of the way through before a tedious twist comes along to drag things out for another half an hour) so was pleased with the running time here.
So, all in all, 4.5 stars rounded up. Watching this is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
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Solo goes out into space, all the way.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens review by NC
Will never have the impact of the first film, but has a go to string it along a bit further. All the battleship things have been done really well, and a lot, since.
The last 2 Startreks were pretty adequate.
Skywalker had a one spot, no talk, run to the bank, job.
Had a job recognising the Princess at first.
Maintains the 2 hours pretty well. If not for the earlier films, would prob not cut ice. The fans will love it..........
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