Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) – Encore Review 5


[to R2-D2] Oh, my dear friend, how I’ve missed you.”- C-3PO

Number of Times Seen – 6 (17 Dec 2015, 13 Jan 2016, 20 Apr 2016, 1 Nov 2016, 16 Nov 2017 and 13 Mar 2018)

Link to original review Here, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A former Stormtrooper and a young scavenger join together to try and find the missing Luke Skywalker so he can help the Rebellion stop the evil First Order.

My Take on it – This is a film that fans were eagerly anticipating for more than 3 decades and there was always a question in most people’s minds as to whether it’s possible to re-create the feelings and emotions of the original series.

It obviously can’t, but it comes awfully close to doing so.

This films immediately draws the viewer in right from the first scene and manages to keep things fun and exciting the entire way through.

It’s so much fun to be reacquainted with the heroes that we all know and love from the original trilogy and even after 3 decades it’s nice to see that they are all still doing what they can for the cause of freedom in the galaxy.

The addition of the three young actors in lead roles is a way of “passing the baton” from the old generation to the new and it is done so well that it feels like the right decision.

This is a film filled with both new and old characters and creatures and they once again utilize the “lived-in” look really well.

The story is great and we once again are very interested in seeing where this will all go in the end.

It may not be as groundbreaking as the original trilogy was, but they still manage to give us an amazing story that works.

The special effects are superbly created by ILM and they help keep things fresh, exciting and thrilling the entire time.

I have heard many people disparaging the new films due to the re-use of some of John Williams tracks.

The fact that the master is still able to churn out slightly different variations of the same theme yet still maintaining to keep things unique is unbelievable.

The mix of new and old works amazingly here an let’s hope it continues this way as we heard to more unknown characters and situations that will pop up in the future,

Bottom Line – Excellent addition to the Star Wars saga.  It immediately pulls us back into that universe and keeps things fun and interesting the entire time. It’s great to once again be reacquainted with the heroes we all know and love and see that even after 30+ years, they are still trying to fight for freedom in the Galaxy. The addition of three young characters works really well as a kind of “passing the baton” so that they can continue the stories of this Galaxy, Far Far Away. This film is filled with new and old characters and creatures that takes us back into the “lived in” world that we all are familiar with. The story is great and is almost on par with stories from the original trilogy. The effects are superb and keep things fresh and exciting the entire time. Th score by John Williams is amazing and due to its similarities to his previous music for the series, it evokes both new and old feelings at the same time which is so important. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  When the first trailer was released, there was much discussion about how it appeared to be getting back to the “grubbiness” (“dirty transporters, second-hand rockets, things that broke”) of Episodes IV-VI, rather than the CGI cleanliness of Episodes I-III. British television star Phill Jupitus revealed in an interview that he “met an effects bloke in Essex, he drinks in my local coffee shop. He said (the makers of the new film) bought every gas-bottled air gun in England when they arrived, because they wanted the Stormtroopers’ guns to have a kick when they fired them. You don’t have to fake it; it looks real.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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