Friday, February 19, 2016

"STAR WARS - The Force Awakens (2015) - Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Daisy RIdley, John Boyega

Director:  J.J. Abrams
Writers:  J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt

The CGI and techno aspects are brilliant, as usual, but what has always drawn me to the STAR WARS epic movies are the characters… their fragility as human beings pitted against the necessity of living up to their personal ideals. The nostalgic sentiment is there, embodied in the return of the original characters – Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker.  Daisy Ridley lives up to expectations as the “new” female protagonist (acting out the young spirit of Princess Leia), but I couldn’t develop an attachment to any of the other “new” characters… not in the same way I fell in love with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in the first original series.  There are tragic overtones which resonate profoundly and which leave a deep echo of loss.  Yet, deep within me, I’m wondering if the series has sacrificed development of heroic “new” characters for the sake of generating more impressive technology.  In fact, I personally found the battle scenes less cogent and less impressive than battle scenes from a few of the previous STAR WARS movies.

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