Thursday, December 17, 2015

Star Wars - The Force Awakens : Movie Review

Well the day has finally come. After a 10 year wait the next installment of the Star Wars movie franchise has landed. The merchandising juggernaut began rolling out toys, batteries, cereal and ... make-up at the beginning of the year, and whether this movie was to be a grand success or not, the cash registers would be raining Star Wars cash left, right and centre leading up to christmas.

To the movie. Without giving away spoilers The Force Awakens will provide plenty of talking points for bloggers,fans and trolls alike for months to come. As soon as the music started and the scrolling of story set-up began, I felt like I was a kid again. The first few scenes really didn't do much for me, but I slowly eased into the story and began enjoying the journey. The site of familiar faces had most of the audience including myself gasping and aww-ing. I was thankful I had deliberately stayed away from spoiler sites and was digesting the new characters at my own pace. 

The new bad-guy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) lacked impact in the initial scenes, the lack of menace will feel a little flat for most fans of Darth Maul or Vader himself. But by the end he'd grown on me. I suppose in the 16 years since Maul I was just craving a straight up, in your face intergalactic Dark Side bastard. There's quite a spreading of light-hearted moments throughout the film, and mixed with old faces it will be a must see for all Star Wars fans in the coming week (because you just know, some prick at work will straight-up spoil shit otherwise). For people who have never seen a Star Wars movie (like, who are these people... if your over 12 ... WTF?) new initiates to the franchise won't find it too hard to get into, but I think their lack of knowledge to returning characters would lesson their view on the film as the nostalgia points definitely do count. I did think there were a few on screen moments that would look more at home on an episode of Bold & The Beautiful and only god knows how they made the final cut. I will add, I saw this in 3D, but I don't think that is necessary as it didn't have a made-for-3D feel.

Finally, I don't like the ending ...  

My Rating: Must see on the big screen, stay away from spoilers - 8 out of 10

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