Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
18 December 2015
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
On viewing the First Trailer
Daisy Ridley cried the first time she watched the trailer. She captured a video of the reaction, and posted in on her Instagram account.
Advance Ticket Sales
As of November 19, 2015, the film already made $50 million dollars just through advance ticket sales. This is double the amount that The Hunger Games (2012) received, which previously held the top spot for most money made from advance ticket sales.
IMAX Cameras not used much
In October 2013, cinematographer Daniel Mindel, ASC revealed that, unlike the previous Star Wars trilogy, he and J.J. Abrams were to shoot the new feature primarily on 35mm film, as Abrams has on all prior projects. Initially, Mindel hoped to use Imax 70mm film for most of the feature, but later said they had opted for 35mm due to Imax’s cumbersome weight and noise problems. 70mm IMAX film cameras will be used for some scenes
Chewbacca’s weapon is a Bowcaster, capable of firing standard and explosive-tipped crossbow bolts at ultra-high velocity by using a magnetic propulsion system. The Bowcaster was developed by Wookies on their home planet of Kashyyyk.
Force for Change
From May to August of 2014, Disney and Lucasfilm collaborated with UNICEF for a charity campaign called “Force for Change”. After raising over four million dollars, the winner was announced to be independent filmmaker D.C. Barns.
Actor who played Darth Vader
The possibility of Hayden Christensen reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader was considered during pre-production. Art conceptions were created before the script was finished. It is also rumored he might also reprise the role in future Star Wars films or in the anthology film Rogue One.
Storm Troopers Outfits
The First Order Snowtroopers s in ‘The Force Awakens’ wear outfits similar to’Ralph McQuarrie”s for Imperial Snowtroopers. The insignia on their chest armor is the same as the one used on helmets in concept art for The Empire Strikes Back.
Kylo Ren’s lightsaber blade
Kylo Ren’s lightsaber blade is the first whose energy blade is always shaking or crackling. It indicates the Kylo Ren’s violent behavior and his feelings impregnated by the Dark Side of The Force.
The lightsabers used during production are different to the ones used in the previous movies. They now have specially designed blades that light up when activated, which now allows reflections
The lightsaber battles are choreographed to be distinctly different from the ones in the first and second trilogies. Rather than the flashy, Force-assisted moves in the prequels or the formalized, kendo-like movements of the original trilogy, the fights are staged to appear less rehearsed, and more brutal and realistic. According to John Boyega and others, this was a deliberate choice to reflect the characters’ inexperience with lightsabers as a weapon. Kylo appears to have had little experience in formal dueling and both Finn and Rey pick up lightsabers and use them with no training at all.
Han Solo and Millenium Falcon
This movie marks the first time we’ve seen Han Solo at the controls of the Millennium Falcon since The Empire Strikes Back.
Mark Hamill reprised the role
Mark Hamill claimed George Lucas nonchalantly told him over lunch a new Star Wars trilogy was going to be made by Disney, and if he did not want to be involved, Luke Skywalker would simply be written out of the script. However, Hamill immediately agreed to reprise the role. Hamill admitted, however, that he pretended to also be nonchalant about it so it didn’t seem like he was excited for the role.
Aesthetically similar to the original Star Wars trilogies
The production had a preference for using real locations and miniature models over green-screens and computer-generated imagery whenever possible in order to make the film aesthetically similar to the original Star Wars trilogies
Casting of John Boyega
John Boyega was so nervous and frightened at the prospect of not getting the role that he didn’t tell his parents that he had been cast until after a cast photo was posted online by the official Star Wars twitter page.
“Pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.”
Creator George Lucas stated the transition from Lucasfilm to Disney was a way to “pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.”
Preparation for the role
In summer 2013, it was revealed both Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill had begun a vigorous regimen of diet, exercise and stunt training to prepare for their roles of Leia and Luke, respectively.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Yes, the Force really awakens. (Click here to see)
The creative team is to be commended for a franchise resurrection that catches the spirit of what knocked the socks off a prior generation of galactic film fans. Epic entertainment. Epic movie event.(Click here to see)