J.J Abrams, I want to do rude things to you.
If, like me, you are in your mid 40’s, remember the original Star Wars trilogy, were bitterly disappointed by the prequels, you will, after having seen The Force Awakens also want to do rude things to J.J. Abrams, and I think we will have to form a queue.
J.J has done us proud. He’s followed the brief, he’s nailed it and I love him for it.
The casting is wonderful, old and new. It’s no secret that Han Solo and Chewbacca have starring roles, I welled up when they first appeared, suddenly I was 7 again. Harrison Ford was my first crush and at he’s still got it, and there isn’t a grey hair to be seen on Chewie. General Leia Organa aka Carrie Fisher, has had so much work done, if she wasn’t in a film with Star Wars in the title, she’d be unrecognisable.
The Force Awakens has all the humour and a touch more than before. There is a weapon bigger and more deadly than the Death Star, a bar full of the weird and the wonderful, droids, Stormtroopers – with new armour, in new colours depending on their level of ‘darkness.’ Rebel fighters, snow, desert, light sabres, good vs evil. New, but oh so familiar.
It’s nostalgia wrapped in nostalgia, it’s a homecoming and we’ve waited patiently for it.
I’ll be seeing it again, and next time I’ll be taking my Godson, Harry. He’s 7, loves the prequels – WTF?!?! – and so it will be very interesting to see what he makes of Episode VII
11/10 or 5* – It’s everything and more. It’s utterly brilliant. The best line comes from Han when he sees Leia for the first time – whoever wrote it deserves an Oscar.
And all you Game of Thrones fans, look out for Tyrion Lannister at the end – you’ll know what I mean.
The Force is very much awake in me, and may it be with you too.
NB.This time round I took Harry’s Dad, Sanders, 47, not sure he would do rude things to J.J Abrams but I know he thoroughly enjoyed it too.