There are good movies, great movies and legendary movies, but there is another kind, timeless movies, who just naturally becomes part and parcel of our day to day lives and conversations. This time again, force has yet again awakened and this time a very strong one too!! To all movie freaks and what the society terms as the “geeks”, another saga of Star wars is on your doorsteps. After the disappointing prequels (Phantum Menace, Attack of the clones and Revenge of the Sith), George Lucas is back with another generation of huge star battles with the universe where old and the familiar ones are missing.
With 30 years ahead of where we left things with Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, with the Empire being destroyed and peace coming to the galaxy, the balance of the force has been disturbed again and this time all filled with all new wave of Vaders, Stormtroppers and death stars. There is a new dark group which has emerged after the end of Empire called First Order, following a new antagonist, Kylo Ren. A new group called The Resistance, led by Leia Organa (Luke’s sister), has taken it upon itself to decimate the First Order. She is desperate to find her brother Luke to maintain balance in the galaxy. She sends Poe Dameron, a fighter pilot to collect a map that’ll help locate Luke, who has long since become a recluse. The village he is in, comes under surprise attack from Stormtroopers (belonging to the First Order). A droid named BB-8 is entrusted with the map and told to escape. Now the droid is found by a scavenger name Rey, who helps him escape from the local goons. Meanwhile, a stormtrooper Finn, manages to be free from First Order lands in the village but Rey, Finn and BB8 have to fight for their lives to send BB8 to his respectful masters in the Resistance. I think I am revealing too much about the story now and if the people who haven’t watched the movie read it then they will most definitely KILL ME 😛
The story is quite a copy of the Episode IV : Star wars – A new Hope. There is similar kind of story base and plots along with similar kind of characters. But what scores in the movie is the way story has being depicted. The scenes are brilliantly written and the screenplay is very gripping. The sarcasm in the movie is subtle and funny; there is a scene in which the pilot Poe is captured and brought in front of the villain Kylo, and his first line is, “So umm how does that work, I talk, you talk!”; it is just not the dialogue but the way it is carried in the grave circumstances is too hilarious. You believe (for some brief moments in the movie) that George Lucas himself is directing the movie; JJ Adams has kept the legacy of Lucas alive. There are few pleasant and good surprises in the movie, like there is a human side of Stormtroopers which has been shown, they have blood and soul and they do feel pain and sorrow. And this time we have a new protagonist, which isn’t Luke Skywalker or Han Solo; it’s a girl. Just like the prequels, this time we have a much stronger hero in the movies, with solid character, determination and control over her thoughts and emotions. The droid which wins the heart this time is with the rolling bodies BB8; he wins your heart with his charm just like R2D2 or C3PO. In terms of acting, Harrison Ford is as brilliant as he was in the earlier episodes; he carries the same wit and cleverness with bravery as Han Solo. On the return scene of Han Solo, people literally stood up and cheered in the movie theater 🙂 The newbies Daisy Ridley, John Boyega are very confident in their respective roles of Rey and Finn; special kudos to Daisy for carrying the same Jedi attitude as Mark Hammil did while playing Luke Skywalker. I was disappointed with Adam Driver as the villain Kylo, he could not carry the legacy of the most badass villain of all times known as Darth Vader. He wasn’t scary enough:P
In terms of CGI effects and animation the movie again steals the show as compared to any movie of 2015 including Avengers. Abrams offers us action that appears and feels real. He manages that by cautiously mixing CGI with more home grown means like putting people in suits and using robots. The light-saber battle between Rey and Kylo in snow covered forest with trees falling as they fight, the deadly Death star version super weapon destroying planets, we are thrilled by all.
The movie does rightly carry the legacy and cultural impact star wars had on modern popular culture. Despite few minor glitches in the story, it manages to truly capture the essence and feel of the science fiction genre. As it ends, you are already very anxiously waiting for its sequel and some answers and as you go out of theaters you form all kind of theories looking for the unanswered questions.
The force is truly back!!