After the premiere of the seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise the reviews are generally positive and praising.
After a much created hype for the seventh episode of Star Wars, The Force Awakens directed by J.J. Abrams, the movie was finally premiered in limited theaters for VIP audience and critics.
The movie is yet to be released worldwide this Friday on 18th December for the public. As per the latest trend, the general public generally waits for the critics to make the decision for them.
In case of this movie, there would hardly be any need as most of the fans waiting across the streets in tents outside of the theaters would tell you. Star Wars, created by George Lucas has earned a cult status throughout the six earlier episodes.
The fans have been a part of making the anticipation multiply by a tenfold magnitude. They have been waiting for this part to come out since the last movie came out. There is however a newer dynamic which would be checking the critics.
The younger generation who have grown out of the shadow of the earlier franchise. According to a consensus, the fan base for the movie were in their adulthood years. These adults were themselves teenagers when they headed to watch the original Star Wars trilogy.
That includes director J.J. Abrams himself. So J.J. would be looking to re-introduce the whole new generation to the world of Star Wars while keeping up with the standards of a typical Star Wars fans because J.J. admitted himself that he had received threats to remain true to the franchise.
So he may seem cool on the surface but J.J. like all the fans was looking towards the critics as they watched the movies and silently prayed as the next day reviews sealed the critical fate of the movie.
The verdict is in and Star Wars: The Force Awakens has managed to harness generally positive reviews. Talking about the biggies, NYTimes, The Telegraph, The Times, Time Out and The Guardian all awarded the sequel five stars while The Independent, Daily Mail and Empire have sufficed with four stars.
Chris Hooton of The Independent gave the movie 4 stars. He appreciated the movie for its individuality and according to him, had it been the first in the franchise, it would have been ‘untouchable’. He urged the fans to not be internet-y about it and enjoy the movie.
Empire’s Helen O’Hara also gave the film 4 stars and praised the film for adding new ingredients to the movie and we could all breathe because it was not a prequel.
Variety’s Justin Chang appreciated J.J. Abrams for not messing with the original scenery and still manage to aggravate the anticipation of the audience enough to return for the nest instalment. Another Variety reviewer sang all praises for the movie, saying that it was amazing to see the original trio catch up and had the first film not been titled ‘A New Hope’, this movie would have been the one to have the title.
Matt Goldberg from Collider gave the movie a B. According to Matt the movie had managed to bridge the gap between the old fandom and the new and allowed the fans to escape into another galaxy which was the initial goal of the franchise.
Many of the critics are commenting that the movie was similar to the original movie. With the three main characters Poe Dameron, Rey and Finn played by Oscar Issac, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega respectively reminding everyone of the iconic Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo played by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fischer and Harrison Ford respectively.
Harrison Ford and Carrie Fischer reprised their original roles in the latest installment which was enough to melt the hearts of most of the critics. Especially for Ford’s performance that was filled with the iconic Han Solo charm and with . J.J. Abrams has been praised for being true to the original episodes.
Deadline review praised Abrams for having taken George Lucas's ‘baby’ and reinventing it for true fans of the early films. According to the review, Abrams together with his screenwriters Michael Arndt and especially Lawrence Kasdan have been able to capture the heart, soul, wit, adventure and wonder of what it is that makes Star Wars such a phenomenon in movie history.
The Hollywood Reporter was also composed on the same lines saying that the movie seems like the work of a very capable student, one who has studied his subject so diligently and thoroughly that he knows what to do and what to avoid, is smart enough to have engaged one of the experts in the field, in this case Kasdan, to work on the blueprint, and to have ensured that another of the key contributor to the series' success, John Williams, would return again after all the years. Lucky for him that they were still available.
Timeout also praised Abrams for infusing modern day humor that sometimes steers the movie ‘this close’ to self-parody but never sarcastically nor at the expense of a terrific time.
Some reviewers even writing praise could not let go of the loopholes or the flaws that they found in the movie. The Shiznit mentioned in the start of its stellar review that if the audience ‘just forget for a moment the superfluous flaws, the cynicism on the tip of your tongue, and the impossible expectations that this film has to live up to’ before writing some generous praising line and the New York Times also pointing out some of the big flaws in its review that the movie lacked originality, strong character build up and a strong foundation of the story.
The reviews in consideration are all written by critics who have watched the original trilogy and most of all, the Star Wars: A New Hope. Most reviews see an overcast of the original franchise on the new movie.
The Force Awakens plays the role of a nostalgic memory arousing movie that has given the audience their escape into another galaxy on the big screen once more. The critics have compared it to the original over and over so it does not give a very clear idea of the where the new movie stands, how the characters are and what the story is all about.
There is rarely any new information about the new movie to be gathered from the reviews. Little White Lies review is a little revealing about what can be expected of the movie saying that everyone involved in the movie is dynamite.
The review states that ensemble is well-oiled, there is a neat array of fetish/Steampunk-inspired aliens milling in the backdrop and there are none of the abysmal racial/sexual stereotypes that crop up far too abundantly in the previous episodes of the saga. There's no visual clutter, and there are no gaudy CG panoramas which resemble low-rent screen savers.
Moreover the New York Times also reviews the performance of the present cast and the similarity of their roles to the original trio. Special mention of Adam Driver in his performance as Kylo Ren is also mentioned.
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So overall the audience can expect that The Force Awakens would not be a disappointment to fans who have the original movie in their minds. The fans watching it for the first time can expect the J.J. Abrams genius that they have witnessed in his earlier movies but if they have not seen the original movies are going in very much blind.