Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens 2015
- Director: JJ Abrams
- Based on book: No
- Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Nupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harriet Walters, Kate Fleetwood
- Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
- Mark Hamill – The Third Rock from the Sun, the first 3 SW films
- Harrison Ford – The Fugitive, Presumed Innocent, Indiana Jones. Working Girl, The Mosquito Coast, Blade Runner, Apocalypse Now, Witness, the first 3 SW films
- Carrie Fisher – When Harry Met Sally, Blues Brothers, the first 3 SW films
- Adam Driver – Tracks
- John Boyega – Robin Hood
- Domhnall Gleeson – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, True Grit, Never Let Me Go
- Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Robin Hood, Shutter Island, Emotional Arithmetic, Le scaphandre et le papillon, Snow Falling on Cedars, Awakenings, Ingenjör Anrées luftfärd, The Exorcist, Nybyggarna, Utvandrarna, Vargtimmen, Hawaii, Det sjunde inseglet
- Harriet Walter - Downton Abbey, The Young Victoria, Atonement, Babel, Keep the Aspidistras Flying, Sense and Sensibility
- Kate Fleetwood – Les Misérables, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Macbeth, Hustle, Elizabeth the Golden Age
- Why? Because it’s there
- Seen: 30 December 2015 at the cinema with Hal and AB
Maybe it’s because it’s at the cinema, maybe it’s because it’s in 3D, maybe it’s because it feels modern. Whatever the reason, this is the best Star Wars yet.
It’s very exciting and the humour is subtle, relaxed and not at all as self-conscious as it was in V and VI, or completely absent as in I-III. It’s great fun to meet up with the aging originals - Han Solo has never been so likeable – and the new characters Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren actually have some character. Glimpses of Harriet Walters and Kate Fleetwood add some thespian class.
A thoroughly enjoyable cinematic experience! Bring on SW VII!
4 * of 5