Prologue: Go here.
Finally I got a chance to go see the much talked about movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Seventh in the series, First in the Third Trilogy. Having seen only 4th, 5th and 6th (First Trilogy) parts of the entire series, I was worried that I would be unable to follow. To my surprising, it was so well shown that I thoroughly enjoyed the entire movie.
As the rest of the movies, this installment also comes with a myriad of actors, some reprised from older installments and some added new – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and ofcourse the Robots BB-8 and R2-D2.
The plot picks up 30 year after Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi has disappeared. The primary plot is the efforts from different people (friends and foes alike) who are determined to find Luke Skywalker. The First Order and The Resistance avidly look for him during the process which a scavenger, Rey and defected Stormtrooper Finn team up with BB-8, a robot that holds a piece of the map to Luke Skywalker. Rey, Finn and BB-8 escape several attempts of being captured by Kylo Ren and The First Order, eventually end up with Han Solo and Chewbacca who aid them further.
The secondary plot is all about Luke Skywalker, about Rey and her memories past, and Princess Leia – Han Solo’s struggle to accept the unacceptable. Also it opens up questions, unanswered, about Rey, about Finn, and Poe, a resistance pilot, about Ken moving to the dark side, about use of Force by Rey and about Supreme Leader Snoke. The secondary plot is so subtly places, that it neatly fits the big puzzle.
What follows is the beautiful melding of both plots - fight between The First Order and The Resistance, the hunt to find Luke Skywalker and eventually good coming out on the top with a lot of casualties, some shocking and many expected. The movie ends with an open-ended question about “Who is Rey? What is she to Luke? What happens to Snoke and Ken? Where is Luke?”. The second part in this trilogy already has a following.
Director J. J. Abrams has kept with all the significant elements that one identifies with Star Wars, yet added his own touch to make it unique in itself. That includes reprising the Millennium Falcon as well. Oh yes!! It was very funny to hear Rey calling it as a junkyard ship in the movie until Hans reminds them of what it originally was. He depicts Maz Kanta, as a cantina owner who lived over a thousand years, very believable. That touch added another layer of shine to the film. Portraying Ken with the complex character of judge, jury and executor must have not been an easy task for the director. Yet, he mastered it well. All the other human emotions are also timed perfect so nothing is over board and nothing is undermined.
A movie worth watching on the big screen, and thanks to my friend, I could go. Definitely time to bring out the past six installments DVDs and re-watch them again, perhaps a marathon run for one of the upcoming weekends. Don’t miss watching this new one if you get a chance. Enjoy!!