• ‘The Force Awakens’ mirrors ‘A New Hope’

    Karen Kunawicz

    Karen Kunawicz

    I GUESS the main concern with the new Star Wars movie is: are we going to get our nerd hearts broken again like we did with the prequels we tried so hard to like but were pretty awful?

    Before even discussing and going into the details of the story and the new characters—we just want to know if overall, it’s going to be good. If the world’s most beloved movie franchise is in good hands with JJ Abrams.

    Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back), Michael Arndt, and Abrams, wrote the script. Abrams also directed.

    Thankfully, we can breathe that sigh of relief as Abrams has brought back the magic and all the things the fans loved the first set of films, most especially, the film that started it all, A New Hope.

    For starters, it is no secret that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are back in the cast and their characters are very much connected to the current story and plot line. To see just how loved these characters are, there’s nothing like hearing audible gasps and applause from a screening audience full of long-term fans.

    Without giving away too much, one will find many scenes having parallels and nods, as well as Easter Eggs from Epidose IV.

    The new cast of characters is quite likeable and there is no Jar Jar Binks or anywhere near an equivalent.

    The new trio of cast members: Oscar Isaac (Pilot Poe Dameron), Daisy Ridley (Rey) and John Boyega (Finn) look very promising—though I do have a soft spot for Ridley’s Rey who is a very, very tough girl. Though there is a mystery about her that has to be further unraveled.

    Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma) and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) are the dark side leads. Special mention goes to Driver who does a great job of playing someone young, hurt, powerful, angry and vengeful.

    I am actually happy that I can move on from Episodes I, II and III—the script, the many inconsistencies, the near unbearable acting. They call it force awakens but really, it is a new hope for the franchise. This is a great Christmas gift for the fans.


    Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens around the world right about now. Available in 3D and Imax 3D formats.


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