Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode 7)
Attended the media preview this morning at the IMAX Hall in TGV Sunway Pyramid and after the movie ended I was like wow! I mean I have been waiting for this movie for a long time but nothing quite prepared me for this. It brought back memories of what made Episodes 4, 5, and 6 so unforgettable even decades on, and almost made me forget Episodes 1, 2 and 3 which to me were really unremarkable. In short, I hope Episode 7 will pick up a couple of Oscars because it really deserves it.
The movie brings a couple of new faces together with the old characters such as Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, C3P0, R2D2 and Chewbacca and is a very successful marriage of the old and the new. Although Star Wars generally has rather dark theme to the movie, this one somehow manages to balance the serious nature of the story together with action packed battles, a budding romance, friendship, loyalty, family and a sprinkling of humour, giving the movie great depth indeed. You can feel the characters’ anguish, pain, joy and emotions and this is because of the very talented cast. You can tell that there was emphasis placed on character development and you can see the characters growing throughout the movie. In fact, it’s all set up nicely for Episode 8 which I sincerely hope will build on the momentum that The Force Awakens has generated.
The battle scenes…oh my! Such realism and detail! The X-Wings and the TIE Fighters seem to dance across the skies while the close-up shots of the pilots really mirrors that of the original trilogy. Perhaps that is what makes this such an entertaining movie – a tribute to the movie’s origins yet incorporating what movie goers expect from today’s big movies, appealing to both old and young audiences.
Episode 7 is undoubtedly a great beginning to the new era of Star Wars. Those of you who actually read my movie reviews know that I rarely give any movies such praise but Star Wars: The Force Awakens is certainly most deserving. Absolutely brilliant and definitely THE movie of the year.
However at the request of my friends and readers, I will not divulge anything about the movie but hey I will share the official description with you.
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. 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.
I will though say this:
- Watch this in IMAX 3D if you are a Star Wars fan. You simply MUST if there’s an IMAX cinema near you. Trust me on this. It’s such an immersive experience that you’ll feel like you’re right there in the movie – fighting the First Order (ie. bad guys) alongside the Resistance (ie. the good guys formerly known as the Rebel Alliance).
- Watch out for fight sequences happening in the background during certain battle scenes. This is something new to Star Wars movies and you’ll only notice it if you’re paying close attention.
- Watch out for the references to the previous movies most notably Episode 4. I’m nothing going to say anything more except thank goodness there are no references to Jar Jar Binks (my most hated character in Star Wars).
- Episode 7 goes back to the Episode 4, 5, and 6 style – it somehow resonates with me more than Episode 1, 2 and 3. Maybe it’s because there was just too much CGI in the prequels or the way the movies were shot, but they somehow lacked the realism.
- Episode 7 does have its funny moments, when you least expect it – something that I thought was sorely lacking (or just didn’t work like Jar Jar Binks’ attempted comic relief) in the prequels.
- There is no extra scene after the credits (yes we did stay back to check). Then again, this is not a Marvel movie.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases in Malaysia cinemas on December 17, 2015.
Official website: http://www.starwars.com/the-force-awakens/
Now here’s a little trivia for you Star Wars fans (the answers are at the bottom of this post):
- What were the last words spoken in The Empire Strikes Back?
- What animals did the visual effects crew study when designing the Imperial Walkers from The Empire Strikes Back?
- Which country was the home base for principal photography on Revenge of the Sith?
- Which Star Wars movie was the first to be shot entirely with high-definition cameras, without using traditional 35-millimeter film?
- What U.S. magazine declared Star Wars “the year’s best movie” in its May 30, 1977, issue?
- Which star of Revenge of the Sith is the real-life nephew of Denis Lawson, who played Wedge in the first Star Wars Trilogy?
- According to Star Wars legend, what substance powers lightsabers?
- How much does the Chewbacca costume weigh?
- Yoda did not make an appearance in only one of the six Star Wars movies. Which one?
- What famous scientist was the inspiration for creature designer Stuart Freeborn when creating Yoda’s eyes?
- Padmé Amidala is first queen of, and then the senator from, what peaceful planet?
(Scroll down for the answers)
- “May the Force be with you.”
- Attack of the Clones
- Ewan McGregor
- Ilum crystals
- 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms, ½ stone)
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- Albert Einstein