Ever since the release of the first trailer, the force had been strong and star wars episode 7 was a sure blockbuster. After watching the messed up prequels that ruined the best moment A.K.A twist in Empire strikes back (fans, you know what I’m talking about) and after watching all the new “ideas” imposed by George Lucas on the original trilogy’s new editions (Again, you know what I’m talking about) personally I was not that keen to watch this film.
In spite of all this, 3 things drew my interest to it:
- J.J Abrams: From Alias to Star trek, this talented director never failed to impress the audience.
- The return of the original characters; Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Chewbacca, C3PO and R2D2.
- And last but not the least *drum rolls*, the logo that flashed across the screen during the trailer with the theme music of star wars playing in the background.
After seeing that, I went “screw it! I’m going to watch this film“.
And I watched it on Christmas evening with a lot of excited fans in the theater. I had goosebumps during the star wars intro credits myself, there’s nothing quite like that. One of the reasons why this film is a huge atonement, for screwing up a beloved franchise, is because of it’s loyalty towards the original trilogy in terms of the structure and characters. Being a die hard fan of the original trilogy, especially Star wars episode 4: A new hope (episode 4 thanks to the prequels. Duh…) I was quiet harsh when it came to analyzing this film. The structure of this film is literally the repetition of episode 4 with elements from Empire strikes back and the return of the Jedi added here and there.
Examples of the repeated plot lines; a large planet as opposed to the space station in episode 4, capable of destroying an entire planet, has a weakness and the rebellion uses their best pilots against them. A droid, that communicates through bleeps and clicks, is carrying something very important for the rebellion. Someone takes it in and therefore this person is in trouble. A final showdown where Princess Leia is seen staring at the screen.
Not that the film was bad as such, they should have thought of something innovative for the space trouble issue. The pinnacle is that no one will notice these similarities, unless they watch all these star wars films back to back or if their memory is eidetic.
Not even a single second of this movie is boring and J.J Abrams has stuck to the “something-happens-every-10-minutes” style. The technical aspects were stupendous. Visuals effects, settings, cinematography and editing were top class and they deserve an Oscar each. The visual effects cannot be compared with the breath-taking practical effects used in the original trilogy, therefore they deserve it’s own recognition. The theme music of star wars will always bring goosebumps and elevated heartbeats (fans I am talking to you), but during most of the conversation and action sequences, the score in general, sounded more like noisy ’70s style. It is composed by the unique John Williams but the trailers had more soft modern soundtrack which clearly worked there.
Harrison Ford as Han Solo was the potent personality of this franchise. Daisy Ridley stood up along with him with her controlled performance and she portrayed such an iconic character Rey who never needed a man to help her out. Unlike princess Leia who was categorized as sex symbol, Rey is a subjective figure.
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The movie also symbolically depicted the slavery of African Americans through Finn (John Boyega), a reformed stormtrooper who worked in sanitation department initially. We see him help Solo and Rey through out and he gave a fantastic (sometimes over-the-top) performance. Oscar Issac did a remarkable job as well, since the movie focused more on his skills than his looks. I was a little bit disappointed when Lupita Nyongo’s role was limited to motion capture as Maz Kanata, but it was a powerful character. Thanks to her, the film passed Bechdel test.
The film as a whole was a mixture of old school and innovation. It is a beguile film with your favorite characters and interesting new ones.
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