Presented by James M. Tate / 12/17/2015 / No comments / daisy ridley , franchise , harrison ford , mark hamill , sequel
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
|year: 2015 cast: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega|
|The Young and the Old|
|A frosty Ford|
SPOILERS EXIST HERE SO DON'T READ THIS IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING IMPORTANT: Carrie Fisher is a General, leading the small Resistance, and it's nice having her around, but there's not much chemistry with Harrison Ford. It's like they're meeting at a Hollywood party, both on Valium • R2D2 wakes up for a minute, C3PO has a few lines, and Mark Hamill appears very quickly... Silently cluing us that he will be extremely important in the next episode, which won't feature Han Solo since he buys the farm, killed by his son, who is the young villain herein... Han's (surprisingly underwhelming and completely predictable) death is something he begged Lucas before RETURN OF THE JEDI was written... he finally got his wish! • In the second act of the movie, Han and Chewie's smuggling pickle seems similar to the writings of Brian Daley, who authored the original Han Solo solo adventures. Recommended reading, along with Alan Dean Foster's SPLINTER OF THE MIND'S EYE, all on Kindle • Sorry for even mentioning the prequels, but the lack of Oscar Isaac's character is reminiscent of how Ewan McGregor's Obi Wan was more than passed-over in THE PHANTOM MENACE, only to progress into a major role thereafter. Let's hope the same goes for Isaac's X-Wing ace, who has a lot of potential • There is a Death Star but with a different name, taking place within an immense planet with Hoth-like snow on top with steely interior, homage to EMPIRE STRIKES BACK while Leia's fortress, replete with an eclectic alien Cantina, is forest-laden, like Endor in RETURN OF THE JEDI but with a LORD OF THE RINGS vibe • Thankfully, unlike the prequel video game fast-paced saber duels, in this movie we return to the more swashbuckling, realistic type of match: in fact, the movie has a pirate vibe throughout: sort of a space pirate adventure. • Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux was somewhat of a weaker version of the original film's Grand Moff Tarkin, played by Peter Cushing, whose human Empire foes were very Nazi-based... but they go a step too far when, after Hux gives his speech, the Troopers all do an actual Hitler salute: c'mon JJ, don't be like Lucas, who put a 1950's diner in a galaxy far, far away. But it only lasts a second. • And in closing, there's a Cult Film Freak article written long ago, when Disney first grabbed Lucas's billions, and the essay was on the hope, unlike the boring prequels, that the story keeps on the run, like the characters in the original trilogy and like George's brilliantly fast-paced AMERICAN GRAFFITI, so you can read that if you click here because basically, Abrams does keep the people, and the story, literally moving along, which does happen here since, upon a second viewing, where the film was even more entertaining, the Star-Killer base winds up destroying a handful of those annoying prequel CGI planets, leaving the rebels to having very little, once again! For in a "used future," less is more.