Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (but the continuity struggles)

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, was my favourite film since Return of the Jedi. It was excellent in so many ways. The use of CGI was great (and not over the top), the sound effects were brilliant and the entire film left me craving the next episode.

Sadly, there were some continuity issues that I just couldn’t get my head around.

 

Watching Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens on 3D Imax was awesome
Watching Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens on 3D Imax was awesome

Stormtroopers – redesigned, but weaker than ever

It was my 10 year old son who pointed this out.

The Storm Troopers are now redesigned, with aerodynamic suits of armour. So why is it that they die as soon as they are shot? I mean, what’s the point of all that armour and a helmet if it offers absolutely no protection whatsoever?

Holographic communicators in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens are a thing of the past

Of course there are no cellphones in Star Wars. However, in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, we saw a number of scenes where various characters – loyal to Darth Sidious (also known as Chancellor Palpatine played by Ian McDiarmid and later to become the Emperor) gave instructions to his moles within the control of the Jedi order via a holographic interface to kill all Jedi’s. This message is spread to all of the supporters of the Dark Side who are secretly spying on the

 

Darth Vader turned good in the end of ‘Return of the Jedi’ – so why is Kylo Ren obsessed with him?

At the end of Return of the Jedi, as Darth Vader is saying his last goodbyes to his son, Luke, Darth is saved from the Dark Side. We later see him – in ghostly apparition – smiling next to other deceased Jedi’s. So surely this would make Darth Vader a traitor in the eyes of the Dark Side?

So why is Kylo Ren so obsessed with being more powerful than him?

Who, exactly, is ‘Finn’ and where did he come from?

So quickly into Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, we discover that Finn has had enough of being a bad guy and wants to run away back to mommy and daddy.

Within an hour he’s holding a light saber and appears to have some elements of the Force within him.

But where did he come from? What is his history? And why is he one of the very few black people in the galaxy?

 

Daisy Ridley (Rey) acts a less than genuine role

Daisy Ridley (Rey) struggled at times. You could almost see in her eyes that she just couldn’t believe she was actually a main character in one of the most hotly anticipated films of the 21st Century. I mean, who wouldn’t, right? Acting alongside the real Han Solo, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker and a sober Carrie Fisher.

She got better as she went on, but in some places she was quite wooden and almost awkward to watch.

Old Luke Skywalker, still as sulky as ever
Old Luke Skywalker, still as sulky as ever

One thing remains true: Luke is still a sulky little brat

So Luke – after failing to train his nephew properly resulting in him turned to the Dark Side – has run away to the secluded Skellig Michael in Ireland to sulk about it [true fact].

At least his sulky persona remains true to the other films. And at least he didn’t almost commit an act of incest with his sister this time…

 

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Why George Lucas is wrong to dislike ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

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I read a blog yesterday in which George Lucas was quoted as saying that he disliked ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. Frankly I found it all a bit strange.

Lucas has said that Disney ignored his script ideas and instead opted to go in a more fan-friendly direction with the film. “They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway” said Lucas “but if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble, because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that anymore, and all I would do is muck everything up. And so I said, ‘Okay, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’”

Hold on a second here, George. You sold Lucasfilm (and the Rights to future Star Wars movies) to Disney for $4.05bn; so I’m afraid you don’t really get to express dislike at the direction they took the film in. That said, given that Lucas wrote the story, it’s kind of expected that people what to hear his comments.

Here’s the thing: Episodes I, II and III were poor. At least they were to a diehard fan like me who saw the original films in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The CGI was too heavy, many of the characters unbelievable and the story far too political. The only part of  Revenge of the Sith I liked was the last 30 minutes and only because it showed Anakin Skywalker’s progression to Darth Vader.

In all honesty you could just watch that part of Episode III and then watch A New Hope…and you would have lost absolutely nothing in terms of the back story. A New Hope was the best place to start and Lucas knew it – which is why he chose it as his first ptoduction film. Those prequel films were, to me, pretty hopeless.

For me, Lucas got far to interested in effects as the films progressed and lost his was. As such, he lost trust in The Force of real storylines and moved to the Darkside of over-the-top animations.

Some critics have labelled ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ as a reboot of ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’ and in some ways I can understand their position. There were also some continuity errors in places but they were forgivable. However, any real fan of Star Wars knows that the two films (and storylines) are still very far apart.

I wanted to see a fan film when I went to the cinema – not a Lucas-heavy CGI and politics ridden film – and that’s exactly what I got. I think Disney and JJ Abrams did a stellar job and I’m glad George Lucas won’t get a say anymore.

ORDER THE FORCE AWAKENS HERE.

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Elton John’s mum books an Elton John TRIBUTE for her birthday

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elton-john-funnyIt’s fair to say that 2015 was a year of many terrible news stories, but there have also been some extremely funny stories. I’ve chosen mine on the basis that I think it’s extremely clever; Elton John’s mum books an Elton John TRIBUTE for her birthday!

It involves the well known singer-songwriter Elton John and his mother, Sheila Farebrother.

Elton and Sheila fell out in 2008 after a comment she made about his husband and the pair never spoke again.

In March 2015, Sheila was to celebrate her 90th birthday and arranged a huge party. At this point you would wonder: is she going to invite Elton? Will she try and patch up their relationship? Perhaps let bygones be bygones?

Oh no. Instead she booked and Elton John tribute to perform at her party. ‘Ultimate Elton‘ was even joined by Kiki Dee for a song during the performance.

The woman is a genius…

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