Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Movie Review

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SO. The most anticipated movie of the year has crash-landed upon us, and I do not use those words lightly.

I know Headfunk’s film reviews are normally reserved for indie & arthouse releases, but let’s be frank here, the whole world is going to be going to see this. Maybe even twice each.

“…But Tim…” I hear you ask. “Why are you peddling this at us? It already has a fucking ridiculous marketing budget behind it!” To which I’m keen to know ‘Who the fuck are you and what are you doing in my house?’

Fear not, I will be returning my column inches to championing movies you may not have come across, but for now, let me nerd all over your RSS Feed.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is the (at this point) culturally ubiquitous attempt to relaunch the franchise. Expectations are high, after all, this is the franchise that arguably created the template for blockbuster culture. By this point if you have even a passing interest in film, you’d have to have been living under a rock to ignore the hype machine surrounding this. That rock would probobly have to be on Dagobah too.

Im glad to repor then that this installment stacks up nicely with the classic trilogy of the 70′s & 80′s. JJ Abrahms, the new helmsman of the series, has managed to conjure up the appropriate amount of pomp and ballyhoo. He understands that Star Wars has allways been, at it’s core, Popcorn cinema rooted in the zeitgeist of its age. The original trilogy focused on allies and allegiances set against a turbulent political climate that played into peoples fatigue of the Cold War. This modern installment sees The Sith replaced by a new faction known as ‘The First Order’, who seem to relish warping and distorting an established ideology to further their violent, bloodthirsty landgrabbing. Where are you heading with this one guys? It’s as subtle as a kick to the cock.

Overall, it’s a solid re-invigoration of the franchise with enough of a blend of new and old to keep fans of the series invested, and a younger generation suitably enthralled with a new set of protagonists.

It’s difficult to review the movie in-depth, without giving away too many spoilers, but I will level perhaps my only criticism at the fact that this suffers from being the first of a planned trilogy. Nothing here gets resolved, everything is left in a state of stasis, setting up plotlines to resolved in the later installments. It’s a minor nitpick though, for what is thankfully, a glorious return to form.

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