“It’s just a movie”, said there is little Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker eternal, about Star Wars Episode VII The Force Wake . Just a movie? For any fan of the series initiated in 1977 by George Lucas, returning after so many years, is obviously going well beyond the simple release of yet another Hollywood blockbuster. Yet J.J. Abrams film is. Yes and no. Actually almost as much as the first.
The film historians will tell you that at the time of its release, Star Wars was a (mega) success surprise, except perhaps for its author who had struggled for the unfortunate 11 million to turn the adventures of Han, Luke and Leia. On the screen, all was not perfect. Starting with special effects, almost rudimentary in terms of technological prowess of today. Whatever. There were adventure, mystery, romance, action and charismatic characters in the extreme. 38 years later, it’s the same magic formula that Lost creator wanted to resurrect. And the result is exciting from beginning to end. . Simply
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Before proceeding, be warned dear readers: This article contains some spoilers, not all, so as not to spoil the fun of the first spectators. Bitterest also …
In summary essential that scrolls at the beginning of the film, with the drop cap vintage if you Please, we learn that the rebels, now grouped together in the Alliance, have not completely won the war against the Empire. 30 years later, the heirs of that came together under the banner of the First Order, headed by two rivals: General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and the mysterious Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), whose face is hidden behind a mask that furiously reminiscent of who you know.
This is the story of a Stormtrooper who says no
The Awakening Force starts at the bottom levers. In space, a squad of Stormtroopers is about to land on the planet where Poe Jakku Dameron (Oscar Isaac), the best driver of the Alliance, was charged by Leia (Carrie Fisher) to recover from the hands of old Lor San Tekka (Max Von Sydow) a plan leading up to his brother, Luke Skywalker, disappeared for ages. Attacked by the troops of the First Order, Poe says the precious treasure to BB-8, his droid, before being captured by Kylo Ren.
First brainstorm JJ Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, that already was working on The Empire Strikes and Return of the Jedi : make a Stormtrooper the real hero of this first part. He will baptize Poe Finn has no name, just a number. He was raised to obey and kill his vile bosses. Except that in his first mission, he farts a lead and wanders on the battlefield, the lost soul, blood of a comrade on the helmet.
This is the British comedian John Boyega who embodies a blend of energy, humor and sensitivity that makes him the first revelation of the film. The other is his compatriot, the stunning Daisy Ridley, alias Rey, a young smuggler that retrieves parts on wrecks of stranded vessels on Jakku. Although it is not one feels in his place, a great destiny awaits somewhere in the galaxy. It does not say anything to you?
Han Solo, a rock comeback star
With this cast of talented young shoots, JJ Abrams could already do a good or even a very good movie. The return of former glory gives the Force Wake an extra dimension. Emotional, nostalgic. A bit disturbing too, like when attending the comeback of an old glory of rock. Here is Harrison Ford, aka Han Solo, who is carving the lion’s share. His composure, his charisma, his second degree in (almost) all circumstances reminds all that was missing from the second trilogy by George Lucas. See take control of the Millenium Falcon, his faithful Chewbacca at his side, is purely magical.
If The Strength of Revival is up to the expectations is also because it cleverly uses the structure Star Wars . Is a family affair (s), tragic, intimate, in the heart of a great show that eyeful. And takes pleasure in playing with the memories, hopes, theories scaffolded by fans in their wildest dreams. Who is the child of whom? That rocked the dark side? Why ? For who ? And above all who will die? JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan made choices. Sometimes radicals. But they knew perfectly create a bridge between the Star Wars of yesterday and tomorrow. Because this franchise, it is now safe, still has good days ahead …
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