Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens: Thursday, December 24 2015

Star Wars is everything one might expect from such a blockbuster epic space opera. My daughter, who saw the first Star Wars film when she was eighteen, loved this episode. She said it pulled out all the emotional stops for her. This is what she wanted, as we all did: a reminder of the past and a looking into the future. The storyline was also familiar. The good mythological themes of Light fighting Darkness, fathers and sons, The Force and Magic. This episode introduces a strong woman fighting on the side of Light, in the tradition of Bastet the Cat Goddess of Ancient Egypt fighting Darkness by the side of Ra to bring the Light with the rising sun. Rey also brings to mind Athena, the Goddess of Athens, bringer of civic order, defender of the city, fighting to establish good order.

All the old stars are there: Harrison Ford as Han Solo; Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa; Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Leia's twin brother; Peter Meyhew as Chewbacca. And of course, we mustn't forget the droids, the golden C-3PO and the endearing R2-D2.  The most memorable line in the film, for me, was when Han and Leia meet after such a long absence. Han's first comment to her was, "I see you've changed your hair!" As the Princess has enjoyed many versions of hair buns in the past, this seemed appropriate, and amusing.

J.J. Abrams directed Star Wars with the same sure hand he used with Star Trek in 2009. There was never a dull moment, and the old cast were there to remind us of the beginnings of the story. The members of the new cast are extremely attractive, totally appropriate to carry the story into the future. The second part of the trilogy is due to come out in 2017 and the third in 2019.

Sitting as I was, right in the centre of the screen in the Imax cinema, wearing 3D glasses, Star Wars was a fun experience. I loved it, and want to see it again. At least once!

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