Hard to believe it's been 10 years since I last saw Star Wars in cinemas, where it was supposed to have ended. And now, I've returned to see The Force in action once again. I had doubts and still felt annoyed it's not official compared to the novels and information on Wookieepedia from what happens after VI, but this sorta filled in a descent replacement. See here my mixed views but also why everyone must go and see the new Star Wars!
Her home was creative and genius as it happened to be a fallen over AT-AT Walker.
I loved her from start to finish because she really goes on a journey of discovery and adventure (much like Luke Skywalker himself). She will become a crucial and important character in the Star Wars films now and I am most pleased with her performance (plus she was damn hot).
Which didn't go un-noticed awkwardly and a heated turret attack follows as the two try to escape the Star Destroyer. I actually liked Finn because he was a clueless and funny guy who was unsure of what he wanted or how to act (like a complete rookie in a film). I admit that at first with all the news and trailers that I doubted how an AWOL Stormtrooper could become a valuable character, but he certainly outdid himself and I thought he was amazing along with Rey.
One of the funniest moments in the film is when they tried to reach a ship on Jakku, Finn pointed out to a ship which Rey responded was "Garbage". But the ship they wanted ends up getting destroyed and now the Garbage will do (the camera turns to reveal what ship she meant and we all know it by heart and sorta agree). But at least it made through the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs!
Anyway, after an incredible and nostalgic heated chase in this bucket of bolts with Rey piloting and Finn manning the turret, do our two make it out in one piece.
He's a great character and is now one of my personal favourites!
When I learnt this year that Disney had bought LucasFilm and LucasArts and were intending to make their own sequel, I was both excited and doubtful. Because I felt that Disney weren't going to help bring the same amount of awesomeness as George Lucas has delivered during the whole Star Wars franchise (no offence to Disney's skill or anything).
Me and several serious fans at work who all know facts or actually read the novels, were all gutted to learn that they weren't going to actually follow up with the actual canon but instead do something entirely different. I've had hope and doubts all year on what it's going to be like, who will return, what the story will be about etc. But we do see classic heroes return which is the best thing about the film and hearing all those sound effects and actually entering the Universe again completely unprepared for what's to come.
I read up a couple days ago that this was originally going to be called Shadow Of The Empire, but I'm glad it didn't because I think there is a story with that title somewhere on Wookieepedia.
I liked the new worlds that we are shown in the film (we don't really see any familiar worlds at all this time). It's a good change since J.J. Abrams and his team have had to come up with brand new things to entertain us all instead of showing old locations with a new story.
Jakku was a similar take on Tatooine but this place is much more isolated and has had a history thanks to the ship graveyard.
For more places, watch the film!
lightsaber has been a joke and looked silly during the whole hype, but now after understanding it's relation to him, how it was created and why it's like that, I now see the reason more clearly. Plus it's actually an ancient design from thousands of years ago apparently. But now I can understand and sorta respect it more (plus because he has Knights apparently), it makes much more sense. Plus the whole fact that a new sith saber was introduced is excellent as always but the fact that it looked unstable and fuzzy shows how outstanding his is to other creations we've seen.
But what I will take into consideration and better understanding is the fact this character resembles an ideal embodiment of the Force. I read it up and understand that Kylo shares a strong resemblance to Anakin's inner conflict with both the Light and Dark Side of the Force. This fearful and powerful man is trying so eagerly to follow his master's orders but can't help but feel drawn back to the Light Side as well as his family which leaves him with struggle throughout the film on finding his balance. I now understand why this character was shown and I now have a deeper respect for him and I'm actually now intrigued to see what will happen in Episode VIII. He sorta resembles Darth Caedus.
Many people including me guessed who was under that mask, some thought Jar Jar Binks or even Luke Skywalker (how annoying would that be?)
Knights Of Ren). I wonder if they will be in the sequel?
Our new antagonist Supreme Leader Snoke who was huge (on screen) and serves as the head honcho for the First Order was a very mysterious and interesting villain with no backstory yet to explain who this Supreme Leader really is. He was very intimidating and looked like an old man but also zombie-like as if he'd risen from the dead or something. I learned today that there is a theory going on across the internet that he may actually be a past Star Wars character who is actually alive (use link for spoilers). I think it's a good theory but needs proof first before I'm convinced. But Andy Serkis was excellent playing this mysterious new Sith Master.
My biggest criticism is that this this film seemed to resemble too much to A New Hope. The Empire's new weapon was basically a planet size Death Star carved into the planet itself. It did stand out from the design we all know because it was so much more bigger and this weapon absorbed a Sun bone dry and concertedly fired a long distance beam and vaporised star systems. But the plots itself and how it was sorted out resembled too much of Eps IV. The planet almost looks like a Pokeball if I'm honest and it's a good example to compare it to (though I'd be sh*t scared if a Pokemon of that size came out of a ball that big!)
Later on, we see another familiar take on a previous film. This time relating to The Empire Strikes Back, where father and son confront each other (one is already lost to darkness but they both know that they are related). So it's not a 21st Century take on Luke, I am your father!
However, I was expecting the old man to say "I am your father, young man. And you will do as I say!" But alas that didn't happen and what did, I'm not so fond or even happy with as I'm pierced in the heart with horror as a classic and unforgettable character is now gone forever, it's just not right!
Clone Troopers or Stormtroopers from the Originals. It's hard to explain properly, but when I saw the view from behind a trooper in the beginning, I felt like they were wearing a shiny plastic RIOT gear or something. It didn't look as good as the Prequel and Original Trilogy uniforms.
Finally, I wasn't really pleased with a lot of sound effects for blasters being different. I know they have to change things to make it stand out and all, but the sound effects from the Saga before were all so special, unique and made Star Wars. Whilst these new blaster sounds sound too different and don't make me feel like it's right, even the lightsaber clashing was different to the past films.
A grand thing is that the main man himself, John Williams returned to help compose the music. Let's face it, it wouldn't be Star Wars without the magic of John Williams, right! The new soundtrack is not bad. I don't have any favourites at the moment, but I do support it and liked the idea of getting the Opening Intro to outrank any Christmas song for 2015. When me and Dad saw it on the 21st, I jumped a little in excitement and grinned like mad as the opening intro began and that world famous theme was played once again on the big screen!
I did like The Scavenger which is played during Rey's beginning, we get to see Jakku and a day in her shoes as she continues to survive this wasteland and wait for her salvation to arrive. It's suspenseful and makes you feel like your being watched. Must be relating to the quiet wasteland of Jakku (plus it ties into her theme).
Rey's Theme is great, it's like a day track as it shows her life in a day, it's a good introduction piece. Snoke was a dark and menacing track which suited him perfectly like the Emperor's theme or Sith, if you get what I mean (it makes more sense seeing it for yourself). But the best has to be The Jedi Steps and Finale, I can't spoil the scene but it's played right at the end and we even get a dramatic ending piece as well as hear the Binary Sunset again after all this time, that piece resembles the Force, guess that can only mean one thing... Someone appears!
I even saw it again the following day with 2 friends from work. Like a true and loyal fan, I didn't say a thing or spoil anything (now that's a first!) I'm most grateful and pleased that not a single spoiler has surfaced on the internet or Facebook ever since the release date to have affected my views or excitement for this film.
So, overall I think this deserves a good 8/10. It may resemble a hefty amount of past moments to the story and layout from one or two films, but no one can deny that seeing Star Wars in cinemas makes us all feel younger! It's truly wonderful and magnificent that all kinds of people in this day and age all went to see it and it's not fully considered a "nerdy" thing or to be talked down to (compared to how nerds get mocked for liking Star Wars, Marvel etc). I'm pleased that almost everyone must have seen it now and even if my views are mixed, what's done is done.
J.J Abrams has now made his own take on Star Wars and we have to be greatful for bringing the magic back (even if it wasn't as accurate to what's really happened in the novels and comics). Looks like the Star Trek films director has now done Star Wars (that's something funny to realise).
Now I wonder if he will continue to direct Episodes VIII and IX or if somebody else will come along and take the helm instead?
Who knows, guess we'll have to just wait and see... But I have a good feeling about Rogue One!
Anyway, now I'm off to Letchworth Garden City by train to spend my New Years Eve at Ash & Ben's house to meet them, Charlie, Paige and some others who I met at MCM Comic-Con this year. I wish everyone a Happy New Years Eve! I will be drinking a sensible amount and being crazy with these awesome people! I shall share the story the day after New Years Day or something.
Anyway, looks like Star Wars is worth it (if you know nothing of what happens after the films).
Happy New Years Eve & Day, my friends!