Number of Times Seen – 3 (17 Dec 2015, 13 Jan 2016 and 20 Apr 2016)
Brief Synopsis – The Rebel Alliance seeks out Luke Skywalker in order to have him reform the Jedi and defeat a new Dark Enemy
My Take on it – As you all know by now, I’m a pretty big Star Wars fan and was so excited when I heard they were making a new movie to continue the original stories.
Being also a fan of the book,s, I was disappointed that they decided to completely discard everything that happened there, but it was truly bittersweet because they did a great job here too despite leaving lots of questions open for us top try and figure out before the next installment is released in the end of 2017.
It was so much fun revisiting old friend and at the same time be introduced to the new faces of the characters that will lead us forward.
From the start of the opening crawl, we are fully re-immersed in their universe and this movie is able to bring back the feelings one had 32 years ago when the last of the original trilogy came out. (As much as I love the Prequels, something still felt slightly missing..)
By the end, we are left with a great story that is both self-contained, but also just a small chapter in a bigger story.
The questions left for us will constantly be on everyone’s mind until the next installment comes out and it won’t be easy to wait for it, but thankfully, they will be making stand alone films to help tide us over until then.
This is still one of my favorite movies of 2015 and will continue to remain high on the list.
Bottom Line – Amazing edition to the Star Wars saga. Great to meet old friends again and be introduced to new ones. Really immerses us in their universe right from the start and it helps elicit similar emotions that the original trilogy provided. Leaves us with enough satisfaction that this part of the story is finished, but must be continued in the same way that the original trilogy expertly did. It’s gonna be hard to wait another year and a half+ to see what will happen with these characters, but the stand alone films will help tide things over along the way. Still one of my favorite movies of 2015 and will remain high on that list. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On January 6, 2016 it surpassed Avatar (2009)’s $760 million gross to become the highest grossing film ever in North America unadjusted for inflation. This marked the first time the domestic record has been held by a sequel, every prior film to set the record was either the first film of a series or a standalone film. It is also the first domestic record holder to not receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture since the establishment of the award. The past record holders are The Birth of a Nation (1915), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Sound of Music (1965), The Godfather (1972), Jaws (1975), Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Titanic (1997), and Avatar (2009). (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar worthy (no change from original review)
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