Joseph Rossi for Curtains Up
I know. I know. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not the second coming. It’s only a movie. As a fan, I walked in with the hopes that this would at least be a good movie. Not great. I didn’t want to get my expectations up because I’ve done that before with the previous Star Wars prequels. So I sat down and settled for good. But it’s more than good. This is what Star Wars is about. Pure fun.
The film follows a similar structure to Episode 4: New Hope. Director J.J. Abrams has a financial obligation to Disney here so I would think they want a safe enough film to satisfy the money men. Even though it’s safe, it’s still familiar and that’s the blessing all us fans were waiting for. Gone is the cold, digital world that George Lucas gave us in films 1, 2, and 3. Back is the familiar look, the practical look of films 4, 5 and 6.
Also back are Mark Hamil, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, reprising their old roles as Luke, Han and Leia. They slip in their old shoes with ease and comfort. They play well with the new cast of heroes led by Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. Now I won’t get into the plot. Being similar to Episode 4 should give people a clue as to where the film is headed just by the motives of the films villains. The villains? My only quibble. General Hux ( Domhell Gleeson), Phasma (Gwendolyn Christie) and Snoke (Andy Serkis) are colourful but thin. Only Kylo Ren (a great Adam Driver) is given serious screen time.
The film moves fast and all to the beat of John Williams amazing score. Technically the film is a marvel to look at, putting the previous films to shame. J.J. Abrams, a fan boy first, directed a film that can stand alongside the originals. This is movie magic. Inventive, fun, emotional, tense. This is one of the year’s best films. And that’s not just because I’m a fan. It’s because it is a great movie.