Monday, 28 December 2015

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Review















Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens


Release Date: 17th December 2015 - Australia


Production Companies
Lucasfilm Ltd.
Bad Robot Productions

Distribution
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 135 minutes 


Budget: $306,000,000

Box Office Gross: $2,068,223,624
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Thirty years after the defeat 
of the Galactic Empire, a 
new threat rises. The First 
Order attempts to rule 
the galaxy and only a 
ragtag group of heroes 
can stop them, along 
with the help of the 
Resistance.


Cast
Mark Hamill - Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford - Han Solo
Carrie Fisher - Gen. Leia Organa
Adam Driver - Kylo Ren
Daisy Ridley - Rey
John Boyega - Finn
Oscar Isaac - Poe Dameron
Lupita Nyong'o - Maz Kanata
Andy Serkis - Supreme Leader Snoke
Domhnall Gleeson - General Hux
Anthony Daniels - C3PO
Kenny Baker - R2D2 Consultant
Peter Mayhew - Chewbacca
Max Von Sydow - Lor San Tekka
Mike Quinn - Nein Numb
Kipsang Rotich - Nein Numb (Voice)
Tim Rose - Admiral Ackbar
Erik Bauersfield - Admiral Ackbar (Voice)
Gwendoline Christine - Capt. Phasma
Simon Pegg - Unkar Plutt
Warwick Davis - Wollivan
Cailey Fleming - Young Rey
Yayan Ruhian - Tasu Leech
Iko Uwais - Razoo Qin-Fee
Cecep Arif Rahman - Crokind Shand
Kiran Shah - Teedo
Brian Herring - BB-8 Performer
Dave Chapman - BB-8 Performer
Bill Hader - BB-8 Voice Consultant
Ben Schwartz - BB-8 Voice Consultant
Daniel Craig - First Order 
Stormtrooper (Cameo) (Uncredited)
Ewan McGregor - Obi-Wan Kenobi (Voice) (Uncredited)

Crew
Writer/Producer/Director - J.J. Abrams
Based on Characters - George Lucas
Writer/Co-Producer (Uncredited)/Creative
Consultant - Lawrence Kasdan
Writer/Associate Producer - Michael Arndt
Creative Consultant - Simon
Kinberg
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager - Tommy Harper
Executive Producer - Jason D. McGatlin
Producers - Bryan Burk and
Kathleen Kennedy
Co-Producer/First Assistant Director - Tommy Gormley
Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager - Susan Towner
Co-Producers - Pippa Anderson, Michelle Rejwan,
Ben Rosenblatt and John Swartz
Production Designers - Rick Carter and
Darren Gilford
Costume Designer - Michael Kaplan
Director of Photography - Daniel Mindel
Stunt Coordinator - Rob Inch
Sword Trainer - Stephen Oyoung
Special Effects Supervisor - Chris Corbould
Creature & Droid Effects Creative Supervisor/
Creature Shop Concept Designer/Head - Neal Scanlan
Second Unit Director/Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - 
Roger Guyett
Visual Effects Supervisors: ILM - Patrick Tubach,
Ben Morris, Dave Dally and Michael Mulholland
Visual Effects Creative Consultant - Dennis Muren
Animation Supervisors: ILM - Paul Kavanagh and
Mike Eames
Animator: Holochess - Phil Tippett
Film Editors - Maryann Brandon and
Mary Jo Markey
Sound Designer/Mixer - Ben Burtt
Music - John Williams


Review
In the latest release of movies from 2015, there have been some movies that were eagerly anticipated by audiences. One in particular was the return of an old franchise that took place in a galaxy far, far away.... I was one of those moviegoers that were eager at the prospect of a new Star Wars movie - since it was announced years before when Disney bought the entire science fiction property and its production studio from the series creator George Lucas. We now know that a new trilogy is currently underway with a few spin-offs and is about to explore the next generation of Jedi - as requested by fans after reading the expanded universe in literature. George Lucas may not want to direct the new trilogy himself as updates to the original trilogy - inferior special editions - were not as well received by fans as was expected and the prequels were described by fans as having an overdose of CGI, bad dialogue and bland acting - but I don't mean to continue bashing his favourite character of Jar Jar Binks. The reins of the Star Wars series were now handed down to Disney and only Star Trek alumnus J.J. Abrams would be hired to direct this instalment.

THE FORCE AWAKENS has wielded so much fun and action, bringing back much of the series' old techniques as possible, with set design and special effects from its nostalgic roots. This instalment is complimented with a good use of drama and better dialogue which was written by Lawrence Kasdan - the man who co-wrote two of the original Star Wars films. The new concepts were very much liked in this film with so many of the old and new characters that are to be found in the new and better instalment with Han Solo and the antagonist Kylo Ren as the main important characters. I like how J.J. Abrams convinced the aging Harrison Ford to return as Han along with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher reprising their roles as Luke and Leia. The performances of the new actors were as outstanding as the old with standouts such as Daisy Ridley as the heroine, John Boyega as the defector-turned-rebel and Adam Driver as the villain with a more complex evil than our favourite Sith Lord, Darth Vader. 

The instrumental score is once again composed by John Williams' feat of composure after revisiting half of the compositions from the previous films and remixes them together with the newer compositions that are composed for this movie.

I'm glad this film didn't turn out as a rocky start of a trilogy that has happened in the prequels on THE PHANTOM MENACE (click here), but I'm confident that all hope is fully restored on THE FORCE AWAKENS. My vote is still with THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (click here) as my all-time favourite Star Wars film, now that THE FORCE AWAKENS has been released, I will be placing it as the second best of the franchise as I now formally considered the best film I've watched in 2015. For all those Star Wars fans, you need to go to the cinema and see it for the first time and may the force be with you!

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever


4 comments:

  1. Good review! I love that it returned to the feel of the original trilogy. J.J. knew exactly what the fans wanted and gave it to us! Best movie ever. Absolutely! :D

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    1. I'm glad that you've seen it and it may be his best movie after all.

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  2. Glad you enjoyed The Force Awakens as much as I did! Honestly, after watching the film a couple of days ago, it’s surreal to think that Star Wars is back and that it is truly great again! Excellent review. The Force Awakens is my favorite film of 2015 as well.

    -James

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    1. Me too, I probably consider The Force Awakens and I've yet to see the film again for the third time if it is yet to be in DVD stores.

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