Sunday, 3 January 2016
Week 50: Stars Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writers: J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan & Michael Arndt
Seen: 20th of December
Mood: Once again this year, nostalgic
In times of crisis society often looks to the past for comfort – or so say people who are a lot smarter than me, however from my own observations recently that saying seems to ring true. Many times throughout the year I left the cinema feeling nostalgic. Mad Max Fury Road and Jurassic World were two I can remember, but the most nostalgic I felt was this week’s film Stars Wars: The Force Awakens.
This is seventh of the Star Wars franchise but the first for Disney who paid the handsome sum of 4 billion dollars for the rights (they expect to make 3 billion on the first film). With such an investment comes massive risk but interestingly the suits at Disney took the bold step of actually letting the director make the film he wanted to make. JJ Abrams said in an interview that he had the final cut, a rarity in big budget contemporary Hollywood cinema.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an exciting film that ticks all the boxes, action, adventure, nostalgia and the plot does pack a punch. With such buzz around this it will be interesting to see if the next edition will keep the momentum going. For now though this is a film for all ages with something for everyone, but especially for my generation.