The force is truly awakened in the latest addition to the widely successful epic space opera saga set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is nostalgic with its refined take on the classic elements that have long since made the franchise memorable and beloved. The overall vibe resonates with such relevance not just to the fans of the film series but also to the moviegoers who have joined the hype and ended up loving it as well.
The original trilogy opened in 1977, 1980 and 1983 with Episode IV: A New Hope setting a milestone in producing a high-quality venture that has expanded into books, television series, comic books and computer games among others. The atmosphere of the first three episodes has been imbibed in The Force Awakens, making it almost impossible to remember the mixed reactions that the prequel trilogy has garnered in 1999, 2002 and 2005.
Visionary director J.J. Abrams is able to outdo the previous films and let go of the disappointments by executing the groundworks of a new story infused to the original premise. He has displayed the beauty of his craft through meticulous direction that is equally straightforward and neat.
As it is, the latest episode maintains the accessibility of its story, humor and action, the way the first three movies have offered a simple yet engaging universe with lovable characters that are still celebrated today in so many ways. With the addition of the core group of actors from the original trilogy, the classic feel remains to be a firm foundation in making The Force Awakens not just the first third of a sequel but an indispensable homage to the franchise itself.
Not to mention, the mixture of the old and the new has a very strong effect. The introduction every now and then to some of the original characters makes it a homey experience. This is their haven–a place they are familiar with, surrounded by creatures that cement them as important parts of the fantasy and science fiction genres. On the side, new exciting characters also grace the story with convictions that they have what it takes to embrace the force.
In this seventh episode of the film series, the setting is around 30 years after the events of the sixth episode Return of the Jedi. Previously, the Rebel Alliance became the Resistance while the Galactic Empire became the First Order.
The film stars the original crew of Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. Joining them are new characters Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, a dark warrior with the Force; Daisy Ridley as Rey, a scavenger on the desert planet Jakku; John Boyega as Finn, a redeemed First Order stormtrooper; Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, a Resistance X-wing fighter pilot.
Also with the cast are Lupita Nyong’o as the pirate Maz Kanata, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, and Max Von Sydow Lor San Tekka.
Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.
J.J. Abrams and the rest of his team have made it possible to serve pure joy as The Force Awakens kickstarts with awesome productions that go beyond massive setpieces and visual feasts. There is just a tremendous amount of special effects and production designs that are worthy of everyone’s attention as they add up to the grandness that would definitely marvel the audiences all over the world (and beyond).
Simply put, from the first note of the theme music right to the last frame, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has indeed lived up to the growing expectations that Star Wars is bound to render more possibilities with more energy that pumps up extensively, pushing the boundaries even further.
Now who’s excited for the follow-throughs soon?
With PG rating from the MTRCB, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on Thursday, December 17, 2015 in the Philippines as distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.