AUTHOR: David Silver
EVENT: Star Wars Seven
In this brand new film by John John Abrams, we catch up with Hans Solo and gang in a brand new adventure appropriately named Star Wars: Back to the Force! Do not be misled by the title of this review, I am a huge fan of this film and consider it to be one of the best Star Wars films of the last decade.
The film opens in a dystopian American future and just gets better from there! Abrams geniusly re-imagines the force as a physical location that Luke Skytalker is able to use to communicate with other Jedi in the galaxy through a collection of crystals he calls the Fortress of Force.
Andy Serkis delivers another knockout mo-cap performance as Hans Solo’s Jacket and the potato in the asteroid field while Abrams respectfully gives homage to the original series with a tasteful crucifixion of Jar Jar Binks to open the film (not to mention a hilarious cameo by Danny Devito). Not to give too much away but the way he is able to seamlessly weave the original cast into the storyline is the sign of a seasoned filmmaker. You can rest easy tonight knowing Hayden Christensen gets his moment to shine.
Being the first Star Wars feature to be released during Christmas-time, they are finally able to showcase the Star Wars Holiday Special right in the middle of the film the way they intended, answering the question, “what are the words to all those classic John Williams' scores?”
The ending of the film leaves many questions yet to be answered but with R2-D2’s newly discovered time-travel powers, we are set up perfectly for a new set of prequels to effectively eliminate all mysteries left in the Star Wars Universe.
Overall, fans will delight in the liberties J.J. Abrams has taken with this beloved series, reinventing it for a new audience and the Next Generation of filmgoers.
SPOILER: In an ominous post-credit scene, Captain Kirk is shown hooded in the Cantina secretly communicating with C3-PO and exchanging an unknown glowing object. Most people speculate this is setting up the forthcoming Star Trek V Star Wars spin-off. I guess we’ll find out!