A long time ago and far away – well, in 1977 – I adored a fabulous George Lucas movie called “Star Wars”. It was a positive tale that lifted its audience.
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill joined Alec Guinness and robots C-3PO and R2-D2, to save the world from evil. A couple of good sequels followed and they were enjoyable.
Ill-advised prequels followed. I’ve seen them and forgotten them.
Is the new film good? Yes, it is. Is it great? It features terrific performances from John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. Chewbacca is back, along with our three original heroes.
3D and CGI have moved on great deal since 1977 and the battle scenes and flight sequences are outstanding. BB-8 is a very wonderful droid.
It’s great, if you love science fiction and space movies and if you love the 1977 film. It’s great, if your emotions engage with the plights of the young stars and if you find Adam Driver’s character frightening.
So much homage is paid to the original – in exactly the same way that J.J. Abrams resurrected Star Trek – that you’ll whoop with knowing glee and feel moved by this deft reimagining and modern refit.
Everyone at the Stratford East Picturehouse reacted positively to the unfolding story.
That theme music is still very thrilling, for me.
If it’s your kind of movie, go see it and you’ll love it as much as I did. And if it’s not your thing, that’s fine too.
I’m very glad it exists. If I have a doubt, it’s that the story isn’t sticking in my memory and I am not concerned about what happens next.
But it’s not aimed at anyone my age. This will be most loved by men who feel that they are about 17-years-old, even if they are older than that.