A long time ago in this very galaxy, George Lucas created the first of its kind, space opera. That was almost four
Star Wars 7: The Force AwakensThe force has truly awoken. And we are loving it.
Star Wars 7
A long time ago in this very galaxy, George Lucas created the first of its kind, space opera. That was almost four decades ago. The film was about a group of warriors called the Rebel Alliance, who took on themselves the duty of saving their galaxy from the clutches of an evil dictatorship, The Empire. This opera was about a boy of humble origins and his fight to reach greatness. One did so with the help of the Light Force and one did so through the treachery of The Dark force. These two individuals were surprisingly, father and son.
Star Wars 7 has brought the Star Wars franchise back to life. Star Wars never was simply a film. It was an experience. It was phenomenal imagination of galactic proportions on a 70 mm screen. Star Wars 7 brings back glorious imagination and enthusiastic excitement. The force has truly awoken.
Let’s meet the actors:
Harrison Ford as Han Solo (This guy does not age)
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
Carrie Fisher as Princess (General) Leia
Adam Driver as Ren (The new super villain in town)
Daisy Ridley as Rey
John Boyega as Finn
Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron (Captain Cool)
This film is set thirty years after the destruction of the second Death Star. Luke Skywalker has disappeared, and the remains of the destroyed Empire are beginning the burn alight with a renewed vengeance. New faces who were never a part of the elite in the Rebel Alliance find themselves put in testing situations. The fate of the Galaxy suddenly resides in their delicate hands. It’s time for a galactic war. It’s a time to find Luke Skywalker to lead the way.
A film franchise must always re-invent itself, and move forward with the times. Star Wars markets itself as a futuristic space drama, it must therefore be leaps and bounds ahead in thought and depiction of a story or of characters. The makers, J. J. Abrams and the people of Disney have caught the pulse of the people. The characters are relatable, and are interesting. The story is contemporary and keeps you on your feet.
Harrison Ford plays a crucial role in the film. The film in a way has begun to revolve around Han Solo as it would earlier centre Luke Skywalker. Harrison Ford has been portrayed as weary, and more weathered than before, and rightly so. He brings star power to the screen. He is also essential for the maintenance of consistency in the franchise. Han Solo sees personal loss of disproportionate measures in this episode.
Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher act as gracious torch bearers in this instalment. They are relevant and regal as ever.
Rey, Ren and Finn are the generation next of Star Wars.
Daisy Ridley is a spark as Rey. A simple scavenger on a deserted planet. She is powerful and beautiful. She embodies the spirit of the ideal woman of today. Adventurous and yet calm, courageous and yet visibly fearful. Rey is very force-sensitive. She is talented and aggressive.
John Boyega as Finn is a stormtrooper (much more fashionable than the earlier stormtroopers), who found a heart in that armour of metal. He is reformed. He is with the Light force. The pairing of Finn with Rey is intriguingly successful. Finn is much more than the typical angry youth. He is reflective and responsive. Fell short at a few places, but not glaringly.
Ren, played by Adam Driver is such a beautiful character. Fatefully and sadly attracted to the dark side, but with least intention to resort to terror. (He’s the new and improved Darth Vader). He is an impressive villain. The kind that would be very interesting to watch as he develops into his full capacity of darkness. Ren is human, that is the strength. Played beautifully. Nothing less can be expected of an alumnus of Julliard.
Poe Dameron as Oscar Isaac is captain cool. The best pilot in the galaxy. He is cheeky and sarcastic. He is easily likeable and a great addition to the film. He brings some freshness to a film fraught with war and tension.
The sad failure of the prequel trilogy has not been repeated with Star Wars 7. The graphics and the animation are phenomenal, the background score is worth the franchise and the screenplay is well written. Disney has gone all-in with this film. Their very costly acquisition of LucasFilm is beginning to pay off. It certainly is a must watch, for star-wars enthusiasts and star-wars newbies alike. May the force be with you and let you grasp a few tickets this weekend.
You will like this film if you liked: Star Wars: Episodes 1, 2 and 3
You will dislike this film if you liked: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
Best Actor: Harrison Ford
Best Actress: Daisy Ridley