|STAR WARS: EPISODE V11-THE FORCE AWAKENS (director/writer: J.J. Abrams; screenwriters: Lawrence Kasdan/Michael Arndt; cinematographer: Dan Mindel; editors: Mary Jo Markey/ Maryann Brandon; music: John Williams; cast: Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong'o (Maz Kanata), Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Max von Sydow (Lor San Tekka), Greg Gunberg (Snap Wexley), voice consultants: Dave Chapman/Ben Schwartz/Brian Herring/Bill Hader (BB-8); Runtime: 136; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk; Walt Disney Pictures; 2015)|
loaded with nostalgia."
by Dennis Schwartz
The Star Wars franchise and its pop culture
mythology goes on but this time under the Disney
label. George Lucas sold in 2012 the property rights
to his Star Wars creation to Disney
for a couple of billion dollars. The seventh entry
is directed by fanboy J.J. Abrams ("Super
8"/"Star Trek Into Darkness"/"Star
Trek"), who reboots the series and some think (not me)
he has brought the Empire back from the dead after
several supposedly tiresome prequels in the 2000s to
the original trio shot by Lucas in the '70s and '80s.
Some even erroneously think this pic matches in appeal
Lucas's original in 1977, even if it offers nothing
J.J.Abrams co-writes it with “Star Wars” veteran Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt. It's loaded with nostalgia and has made every effort to keep it as the same old, same old, afraid to try anything new. The result is a familiar Star Wars episode. I couldn't feel the Force, though I admit I was never a fan of the franchise and thought it was at best only a B film narrative. It was cleverly supported with a populist juvenile concept of 'good vs. evil,' snazzy toy gizmos, a goofy playfulness and some visually striking sets enabled by a big budget. As usual the acting was wooden, especially from the new stars Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega, who are prepped to take the place of the trio from over thirty years ago Mark Hamil, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. The old-timers are again in another episode, and have the tiresome look of those getting another fat paycheck for just showing up.
action scenes include lightsaber duels to
X-wing dogfights with TIE Fighters. The romance
includes Finn falling in love with Rey.
REVIEWED ON 12/18/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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