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Star Wars, the Force Awakens

by Louisa Klein



May the Force be with you all! I’m a MASSIVE fan of Star Wars, I’ve even put a TON of Star Wars references in my next fantasy book, Supernatural Fog.

No wonder I was so looking forward to seeing this movie! And, finally, I did! AND LOVED IT!  🙂 🙂 🙂

 I saw this movie with an open mind, since I REFUSED to read anything about it, not a review, not an article, not even the casting. All I knew, was that there were Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in it. I really loved the general aesthetic of the film, the landscapes, the photography and the special effects which looked realistic and never over the top. Absolutely outstanding quality and good taste and it’s not only because it’s Disney with bottomless pockets, since Tomorrowland also had a very high budget and it didn’t look as good.

And what about Harrison Ford? How can he be seventy and still look so sexy? Harrison Ford and his banter. Harrison, and his outstanding acting. I mean, WOW! 30 years later, it’s as if he had picked up from where he left. It’s such a shame they killed him off. He was, in my opinion, one of the pillars of this new movie; I’m sure the next one will also be outstanding, but would have been MUCH BETTER WITH HIM IN IT. You look at him and nostalgia kicks off. If, contrary to me, you were lucky enough to be old enough to watch the original Star Wars at the cinema, have lot of tissues ready at hand, since I suspect tears will flow.

Carrie Fisher also doesn’t disappoint. She gives Leia a new take, though. She’s more mature, and so is her character, so to speak. Her voice has changed over the years, becoming raspy, but she uses it to her advantage. She’s just an amazing actress. I read that she was forced to lose weight for the part and, honestly, I think it’s pure nonsense. Carrie Fisher is still a very attractive woman, with beautiful eyes exuding with and intelligence. She’s also a very accomplished writer with a great sense of humour. And she and her “slave bikini” have been the dream of generations and generations of shy male nerds … She doesn’t need to change ANYTHING about her looks. Period.

And what about the action scenes? Could they be more gripping? I mean, when Finn and Rey are fleeing from the Order on the Millenium Falcon, flying through carcasses of old Empire robots? OH MAN!

As for the new main characters, the idea of having two diverse protagonists, one being a white girl, the other a black man: that’s very bold, daring and original. Yeah, we have a GIRL as the protagonist! YAAAY!!!! And she’s a hell of a girl, 100% kick-ass! I, in my humble ways, I also write about strong brave women, so this is a huge encouragement, a sort of pat on the back saying “you’re going in the right direction, Klein!”

I came out of that movie so in love with Rey. I mean, she MUST be Luke’s daughter. She reminds me of him so much! Of the Luke we saw in A New Hope. She’s young and strong and she’s got so much potential, but she’s also afraid and hesitant and insecure. Nevertheless, she NEVER loses her spirit and courage. When Luke’s old lightsaber flew past Kylo Ren and into her hands, the whole cinema exploded in applause, and I realized I couldn’t wait to see where she went.

According to The Guardian, Abrams declared that he wanted this new Star Wars be much more ‘girls friendly’, and I believe he succeeded. “Star Wars was always a boys’ thing, and a movie that dads could take their sons to,” he said. “And although that is still very much the case, I was really hoping this could be a movie that mothers could take their daughters to as well.” Well, mothers, be ready to take your daughters to the cinema, because this movie is infused with Girl Power! The Force Awakens certainly boasts more STRONG female leads than any of the earlier films in the franchise. Actually, as far as I know, it boasts more STRONG female leads than any of the films shot in the last twenty years!

As well as Fisher and Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, we’ve got Lupita Nyong’o playing the ancient space pirate Maz Kanata while Gwendoline Christie takes the role of warrior Captain Phasma. Note that Princess Leia is also now known as Resistance leader General Organa, reflecting her promotion from a lowly Rebel Alliance fighter. And the icing of the cake is … Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has also said she had “no doubt” there will be a female director of Star Wars in the future! Yes, you heard me! In October she said definitively: “We will hire a woman who is going to direct a Star Wars movie.”

There’s no end in sight. The force has awakened. Indeed.

The Force Awakens

Directed By: J.J. Abrams
Written By: J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt

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