STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Or: Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
The day has come. The day millions of “Star Wars“ fans have been waiting for…for years! The third trilogy of George Lucas’ legendary space saga kicks off with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. Movie theatres are bursting at the seams, fans are scrambling to get their tickets and counting down the minutes. Get ready for the most splendid movie of the year!
Like no other movie franchise, George Lucas’ story of the fight between good and evil in a galaxy far, far away has gathered a following whose adoration exceeds mere fandom by far. For many, “Star Wars” has become a philosophy of life – today, just as much as it was thirty years ago. However, some fans were disappointed with the second trilogy, which began in the late nineties and told the prologue to the first “Star Wars” movie from 1977, feeling Lucas had destroyed his own legacy with some bad decisions. And with “Episode III: Revenge of The Sith” from 2005 the legendary saga seemed to be running on empty. But… behold: The Force Awakens indeed!
More than 30 years after “Return Of The Jedi” the Empire has vanished and made way for another totalitarian power: the “First Order”. One of their commanders, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), who is a renegade Jedi just like Darth Vader was, is desperately searching for Luke Skywalker in order to extinguish the Resistance and the good side of the Force once and for all.
He crosses paths with the young Rey (Daisy Ridley), a debris collector living on the desert planet of Jakku who has found a strange droid, and Storm Trooper deserter Finn (John Boyega), who has freed rebel pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and is on the run from the “First Order” ever since.
Soon some familiar characters get involved in the game: Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca, who have been indulging in old smuggling habits again, meet Rey and Finn and decide to help them get the droid back to the Resistance. However, Kylo Ren and his master, super evil Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis going Gollum again!) are on their heels, causing doom and death with a new gigantic super weapon. Will the force be with them? Or will the “First Order” engulf all that is good?
It’s not easy to sum up the movie’s storyline without spoiling some surprises, so let’s leave it at that. You will watch the movie anyway. You MUST watch it anyway! “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the kind of movie you haven’t seen in a long time: On the one hand, it is absolutely state of the art and technically overwhelming, on the other hand, it is wonderfully nostalgic and old school.
The story works and has two interesting and likeable new heroes at its core who fit in perfectly with classic characters like Han Solo or his old love interest Leia (Carrie Fisher). The wonderful cast and all those little funny details – be it Chewbaccas’ body language, the squeaking spherical R2-D2 successor BB-8 or all those odd little creatures hanging around in drinking holes and marketplaces on different planets – will be an absolute delight for any fan of the (original) “Star Wars” saga. The movie is a wonderfully tender but never antiquated homage to George Lucas’ first Jedi movies.
This credit belongs to one man in particular: the director. Without J. J. Abrams, “The Force Awakens” would surely not have become such an overwhelming movie. This guy is a genius – just like with the recent “Star Trek” reboots, he finds the perfect balance between fun and menace, homage and pioneering spirit, big cinematic action and heart.
Bottom line: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” makes you feel like a happy child again, looking at the screen with big shiny eyes, neither able nor willing to avert your gaze. You have to love this movie. Because the force compels you….because it is ‘stellar’ in the most awesome sense of the word…Because this film is amazing!