Rent Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

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Synopsis:
Visionary director J.J. Abrams brings to life the motion picture event of a generation. As Kylo Ren and the sinister First Order rise from the ashes of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is missing when the galaxy needs him most. It's up to Rey, a desert scavenger and Finn, a defecting stormtrooper, to join forces with Han Solo and Chewbacca in a desperate search for the one hope of restoring peace to the galaxy.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Kathleen Kennedy
Voiced By:
Erik Bauersfeld, Kipsang Rotich, Alec Guinness, Ewan McGregor, Frank Oz
Writers:
Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams
Others:
Stuart Wilson, John Williams, Matthew Wood, Maryann Brandon, Andy Nelson, Chris Corbould, David Acord, Christopher Scarabosio, Rick Carter, Neal Scanlan, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Lee Sandales, Paul Kavanagh, Darren Gilford, Mary Jo Markey
Aka:
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Studio:
Walt Disney
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Children & Family, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Awards:

2016 BAFTA Best Visual Effects

BBFC:
Release Date:
18/04/2016
Run Time:
132 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
Castilian Spanish, Catalan, English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/04/2016
Run Time:
138 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, Hindi
Subtitles:
Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Swedish
BBFC:
Release Date:
31/10/2016
Run Time:
138 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
Czech, English, English Audio Description, French, Hindi
Subtitles:
Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Swedish

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Reviews (10) of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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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Critic review

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (aka Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Director J.J. Abrams has been given the rarest and grandest of opportunities to direct the first Star Wars sequel in over 30 years. He’s had plenty of prep given how much effort he put into rebooting the Star Trek franchise - directing those films the way he would Star Wars. In many ways, he’s the right man for the job aside from being a huge geek for Star Wars. He’s solid at cleaning house on franchises in desperate need of a change (the last Star Wars movie in theaters was a pilot movie for the 2008 animated series The Clone Wars). He has a knack for keeping a picture visually pleasing and always moving (the Star Wars prequels are catatonic in comparison). But, most importantly, he knows what makes Star Wars so much fun.

He starts by creating new and likable characters. Though based on familiar archetypes of the Star Wars mythos, there’s a lot to like about the scrappy junker Rey (Daisy Ridley) and the emotional turncoat Finn (John Boyega). They have spirit, personality and quirk the way they become involved with the new struggle of the Resistance (the new Rebels) versus the First Order (aka the Empire 2.0). The plucky pilot Po Damaran (Oscar Isaac) provides the essential plot development for portions of the picture, but does so with plenty of charisma. Even the villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is given a surprising amount of depth - even more than Darth Vader had in A New Hope.

Next, Abrams mixes in the familiar elements. Harrison Ford reprises his role as Han Solo - older and grayer, but still just as fun as he ever was with his furry friend Chewbaca. Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) has grown stoic as the General for the Resistance and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is spoken of as a legend worth seeking. And if you love the Millennium Falcon, you’ll get your monies worth. From returning droids to familiar creatures, a spoonful of nostalgia helps the originality go down.

Lastly, Abrams injects Star Wars with a fat dose of visual thrills and energy. Using a combination of practical effects and computer graphics, nearly every scene is bursting with excitement. Aerial dogfights, blaster battles and clashing lightsabers flood the screen with a true sense of adventure. Unlike the Star Wars prequels, all these scenes carry emotional drive and weight rather than just being pretty choreography.

But in an effort to keep the movie fun, intense and charming at a progressive pace, Abrams also puts his own stamp on the series with similar flaws to that of his Star Trek reboot. The story echoes quite a lot of beats from A New Hope and even tries to up the ante by making his movie bigger and faster. Remember the Death Star? Now there’s a bigger Death Star and it can shoot multiple planets. Remember how long it took Luke Skywalker to master a lightsaber and learn the force? Rey is able to go from zero to Jedi knight by the end of the picture. The speed of the picture is able to give every character just enough to do, but doesn’t allow for much deeper character development. It also doesn’t give much time to explain the current political situation of which side controls what - not even explained where it usually is in the opening text crawl.

Nitpicks aside, The Force Awakens reignites the beloved franchise in dire need of a dusting. J.J. Abrams has taken the series back to its roots and recreated that true sense of adventure once more. It’s a movie that expands the mythos and gives the audience some new characters to cheer for in this continuing saga. In short, Star Wars is cool again and worthy of its hefty market reach as an exciting blockbuster.

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