Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - 原力覺醒

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (原力覺醒) is an 2015 film. The movie stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac. The supporting cast include Mark Hamill and Max von Sydow. This is the seventh installment of the Star Wars film series started by George Lucas. This is the first installment since Lucas sold Star Wars to Disney. As of this writing, it is the highest grossing movie in US movie history, not adjusting for inflation.

Rey is a scavenger with a particular knowledge of space ships and piloting. The remnants of the Empire have rebranded themselves as The First Order and are hunting what remains of the rebellion. Princess Leia is the head of the Resistance, but they've seemed to have lost Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi. When a pilot that may have a map to the location of Skywalker, The First Order send their forces to capture the map, landing them on Jukku, where Rey is based. As fate would have it, Rey and the map are connect and The First Order go after her. But she gets some help from some familiar faces.

This movie was great. I don't mean good. But great! It was a thrill ride for much of the movie. Were there some not so interesting moments? Yes, but they were few and far between. The story is quite similar to the original Star Wars movie. Similar plot points, but 30 years later with a different crew. Bringing back Han Solo and Chewbacca brought back nostalgia for those that grew up on Star Wars in the 1980s. But since the 1990s, there's been a steady stream of multiple media that has kept Star Wars in the general public. From toys, comics, books, rides, to others, it has stayed in the mainstream. That lead to its epic box office showing in the US. I think the next couple of installments will break some global records.

This installment sets up the next movie well by revealing Luke at the end. It foreshadows Rey's training as the next Jedi, at the Jedi temple. Will this Jedi temple break Rey and make her a Jedi? We'll see in the next installment.

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