The behemoth that is Star Wars was never particularly on my personal radar. Back in the early 80s, the original trilogy was ticked off in one sitting. The reboot trilogy? Nope.
Did catch up with them on Blu-Ray – and surprised at just how poorly made they were. Wooden acting, stilted dialogue and surprisingly poor special affects. Watched them in preparation for what is poised to be the most successful film in history (knocking Avatar off its number one perch).
And here’s the rub – Star Wars: The Force Awakens is good unadulterated entertainment! Sure, in spite of new characters, there’s a certain familiarity – or, more cynically, just a rehash of old stories – that makes the new simply derivative of the old. But it sort of doesn’t matter. There’s a sort of fuzzy warmth to it as a result – and add a great new heroine in Rey (London-born newcomer Daisy Ridley) and the next trilogy is set for a stratospheric success.
Director J J Abrams has done it again. Having successfully rebooted Star Trek and produced the last two highly successful Mission Impossible films, he can now add Star Wars to his Midas list.