The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank was the site of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens media preview. Having attended many movie previews, I was very surprised to see the amount of security measures taken to ensure there were no spoilers. After a double-check in process and need to relinquish our cell phones, we made our way to our seats. The packed theater became silent at the dimming of the lights and we had our first look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The film’s basic story is about the Resistance (good guys) and First Order (bad guys) in a battle to gain control. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has disappeared and no one knows where he is. Storm Troppers are still a huge part of the film and new characters, both good and evil are revealed. A new Supreme Leader, Snoke (Andy Serkis) and a new evil villian – Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) are the main characters on the dark side. The new team on the good side includes Rey (Daisy Ridley), Ex-Stormtropper Finn (John Boyega), X-wing pilot, Poe (Oscar Isaac) and of course my favorite, BB-8. Together they team up for non stop action at every turn and an incredible lightsaber duel that will have fans cheering, crying and in shock at the ending. Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), C-3Po (Anthony Daniels) and R2D2 (Kenny Baker) are back to help the new team in the fight against evil.
The first film in the next trilogy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens gives us a taste of things to come and sets up the story line for the newcomers – Rey and Finn. On the dark side, Kylo Ren as the main villian wearing a mask that is similar to Dark Vader’s provides the biggest shock of the film.
In the tradition of Star Wars films, this one follows the script with one of a kind action scenes, space battles, heart stopping and edge of your seat moments that will leave you speechless. JJ Abrams brings us old favorites and newcomers with some familiar moments from previous films but does so without giving the feeling of recycling scenes. Instead Star Wars: The Force Awakens provides a starting point for a new generation of characters on both sides while providing fans with some clarification of previous major events that will continue to tie together the pieces of the Star Wars saga. The original characters bring a sense of comfort and support to the new generation instead of trying to overshadow them. The newcomers bring hope and youth to the Resistance but also a bit of uncertainty of their powers and abilities. The ability to make Kylo Ren appear amateurish and evil at the same time is a feat that JJ Abrams and Adam Driver pull off flawlessly. Daisy Ridley shines through as a strong female character and secures a future spot for many films to come.
Full of incredible special effects and unexpected twists and turns, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is off to an Oscar-winning start. JJ Abrams has taken his first shot as Director of a Star Wars film and won the battle. The only negative part is the long wait for the next film!
Do NOT miss this incredible new Star Wars film and get ready to be blown away with all the surprises and story twists! Debuting in theaters, this Friday, December 18th. Follow us along on www.chipandco.com for all your Disney and Star Wars news and updates.
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