Episode 7 of the Star Wars Saga. There are many references to Episodes 4, 5 and 6 and you will enjoy this movie much, much more if you have watched these older movies. But, it works very well even if this is your first foray into the Star Wars Universe.
We went with a mixed group. Few of us are Star Wars junkies and few others had never heard of Star Wars before. We all totally enjoyed the movie!
How soon people forget… The dark side, the Jedi, the light … It’s all true. It all really happened. Ever wondered what happened next?
The Force Awakens is kind of a continuation of the story of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo. They are all much, much older and it won’t be much of a spoiler if I tell you that Luke has grown a beard and looks more like Obi-wan Kenobi than Obi-wan ever did.
Set in the background of the earlier movies (episodes 4, 5 and 6, not 1, 2 and 3 which everyone would prefer to forget were ever made), this movie starts the story of Rey, a scavenger on the desert planet of Jakka, very similar to Tatooine where Luke comes from and Finn who is a stormtrooper. Yup, you get to see what a stormtrooper looks like when his helmet is removed! And a very cool little droid called BB-8. He is orange and white and he rolls instead of trundling like R2-D2.
Kylo Ren represents the dark side, a confused soul who has turned to the dark but still feels the call of the light… telling you anything more about him will spoil the movie for you.
The acting of the younger set is superb and the older lot, Luke, Leia and Han are played by the original cast from the earlier movies is absolutely polished and full of panache. They are old, they know it and they carry it with grace and don’t try to hide it in the least.
John William’s music is as usual perfectly done with sweeping orchestral scores that breathe life into the tender scenes as well as the full on action.
The movie making is much, much more like Episodes 4, 5 and 6, with a return to sets instead of too much CGI and that is very welcome. Everything looks much more real.
The attention to detail is exceptional. You know the director, the cast and the crew for this movie are passionate about the Star Wars Universe. It’s full of relics and references from the past movies, which are incidental for new people and nostalgic for the ones like me who loved this far, far away galaxy from a long, long time ago…
Go watch with old friends and new…
and May the Force be with You!!
PS There is a huge celebration for all those who serve the Light in Delhi in March 2016. It’s called the World Culture Festival – 11th, 12th and 13th… See you there. Bring your sabers! 🙂