Star Wars, The Force Awakens

2016 At the movies January 2016 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the January 2016 Edition

Starring:  Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac

Director:  J.J. Abrams

“Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a rag-tag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.”

The movie was viewed in 3D in Manzanillo opening night. It would appear that the locals here are not as Star War obsessed as in the U.S. and Canada with people lining up for blocks to see the latest sequel. This theatre was 2/3rds empty. In their defense, there was a Santa Claus parade trotting down the main boulevard with a few thousand families lining the street. There have to be priorities.

Nonetheless the movie was thoroughly enjoyable. I am not particularly a Star Wars ‘fan’ so to speak but have always been entertained by these movies and the message for good versus evil. Of particular note for me, was the use of a good deal of humor and snappy dialogue timing. The new characters are truly wonderful and will inspire many a young heart for sure.

The other note I would make here is about the movie continuity. As it began I had expectations of something more ‘slick’ in terms of current technology and special effects. Then I began to realize that more importantly the movie was honoring the genre of its times going back 30 odd years. So we are seeing a lot of similar landscapes, the same costuming, fighter ships and some old characters (such as the bar scene). That being said, sit back and go with the journey to another galaxy far far way. It’s a delightful movie and well worth taking the time to see in a big theatre somewhere.

IMDB rated this movie as 8.8/10 based on 173,046 + viewers.

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