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“May the force be with you”

– SPOILER FREE –

star_wars_episode_vii__the_force_awakens_ver3A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Because of obvious reasons I won’t explain what the movie is about, just that is takes place 30 years after the events of the Return of the Jedi, and that is about it.

I have already watched the movie twice, once at 00.01 in Spanish and another at 16.00 in English, cause I like to take risks and because yes or yes I had to hear their original voices. So, first things first, here is my ranking of the saga from best to worst, V, IV, VI, VIII, III, II, I.  Yes, this movie I place in terms of quality between the old trilogy and the new one. To be fair, it wasn’t that difficult to make a movie better than the prequels, not to be harsh but is the true. The movie itself is good, it is catchy and you get hooked to it, waiting to see what will happen next and how they are going to connect things.

The story has rhythm as it bonds the old stories with the new ones that are coming up. It bonds old characters with new ones. We must not forget that this is a movie that intends to connect the new generations with the old ones, so J.J.Abrams didn’t have an easy job doing it but I think he succeeds. The movie is not one like the old ones, hell, I think nothing would be like that ever again, they are simply cult movies, but one can try to approach, to make it as good as possible and here the magic formula is used again and one might think, I know this one… But still you will get nostalgic and forgive it. But I must add that one thing I did not particularly like in this movie was the surprise factor, or the lack of it. Everything that is going to happen you are kind of expecting it and I don’t know, maybe a bit more secretly and shocking revelations wouldn’t have hurt the movie. “I am your father”, remember that one, right?

The best thing of the movie is without any doubt is Han Solo. Harrison Ford shows us that he gets no old to play the scoundrel and he is as fresh as many years ago. And one of the most emotive moments is when Han and Leia share the screen because for a moment it all comes back to you and it feels like no time has passed since the old days.

As for the newly comers, Rye is a great character, not a damsel in distress but a kick-ass herself. She is the future of the movies, this is her story and it is an interesting character because the movie leaves many things unanswered about her, which hopefully would be answered in Episode VIII or IX. Then there is Finn, which gives the touch of humor that was missing in the prequels and that we are grateful for. Kylo Ren didn’t convince myself much as the movie villain, of course one cannot avoid to compare him to Darth Vader, but every thing that he makes has a reason why, and I hope that his background and reason would be more expanded in the upcoming films.

What I really, really missed in this movie is that there isn’t a sound track that stands out for itself (the tittle one doesn’t count). As bad as the prequels were they had good music and this movie lacks it. It lakes one song that would be remembered as the only thing I can remember is Han Solo and the Princess them from Empire Strikes Back that can be heard at some points in the movie. And that is a shame because we were waiting to add it into our collection, to have some more music to relate to Star Wars and sadly we won’t.

Some people would feel disappointed with the movie but one has to keep in mind the times when this movie has been made. We are used to science fiction, fantasy movies. We are used to CGI. We are used to watch many seem alike films. And this is a Star Wars film. Yes it has its own distinction but nonetheless it is made today, not today, not tomorrow. Just watch it an enjoy it.

May the force be with you until the next movie.

 

  • Did you know?

– The production had a preference for using real locations and miniature models over green-screens and computer-generated imagery whenever possible in order to make the film aesthetically similar to the original Star Wars trilogy.

– The new droid BB-8 is inspired by one of Ralph McQuarrie’s original concepts for R2-D2. But instead of a small R2 unit dome on a large ball, the original concept resembled a legless R2-D2 body resting on a smaller ball. The idea was scrapped because it was impossible to make it work in the mid-1970s

– Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Tim Rose (Ackbar), and Mike Quinn (Nien Nunb) are the only actors to reprise their roles from the original “Star Wars” trilogy while Daniels, Baker and Mayhew are the only actors to reprise their roles from the prequel trilogy.

– Because of the secretive nature surrounding the film, several cast members found out that they had gotten parts in the film with very short notice. Domhnall Gleeson found out the day after he auditioned which was only one day before the table read. Oscar Isaac found out only several hours before the table read and was instructed to wait in a London hotel room to receive a call telling him whether he was to go downstairs and into a waiting car that would take him to the table read or book a flight back to the United States.

– The film has a budget of 200 million dollars which is the highest budget of a Star Wars film so far.

– Every live-action Star Wars movie so far has been released in May, this will be the first to be released in December.

– This movie marks the first time in franchise history that the Episode number matches the films sequential production & release. (i.e. Episode VII = Seventh Star Wars Film)

– As of November 19, 2015, the film already made $50 million dollars just through advance ticket sales. This is double the amount that The Hunger Games (2012) received, which previously held the top spot for most money made from advance ticket sales.

– By signing on to direct this film, J.J. Abrams becomes the first director to direct a Star Trek (2009) film and a Star Wars film.

– Billie Lourd’s (Carrie Fisher’s daughter) film debut.

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