By Spencer Peterson
After making a multi-million dollar franchise, George Lucas, founder of LucasArts, sold LucasArts to Disney in Oct. of 2012. The most recent previous movie had been debuted in 2005, so fans expected that Disney was going to do something new with the franchise. Deciding to continue the adventure, Disney selected director and producer J.J. Abrams to deal with the newest installment of Star Wars. Abrams, a Star Wars fan since he was a boy, has done Steller work in his career. Most noticeably, he was chosen to reboot the Star Trek franchise and did an outstanding job at that, and has since moved on.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. This movie left with Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Luke Skywalker and the rest of the Rebellion taking down Darth Sidious and Darth Vader, the leaders of the Galactic Empire. They parted ways, and 30 years later the next adventure kicked off. To avoid any plot, the original cast of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker all reprise their roles in the universe and are accompanied by the unfamiliar and talented set of actors. The move to keep lesser known cast members for main protagonists is very akin to the original Star Wars. That being said, the acting was incredible along with the new characters. The special effects and music were astounding, and the storyline was also constructed very well. This movie was firing on all cylinders and represented J.J. Abrams and his team’s expertise.
However, Abrams did not need to prove he could make a great movie. He needed to prove that he could make a great Star Wars movie, and launch a new trilogy. Luckily he passed the test with flying colors. Abrams starts the movie in the original Star Wars style with a short plot description, then pans to the action. Instantly you feel like you are watching the old ones, and it keeps up the entire movie.
With John Williams’ music assisting the movie’s scenes, and the sound effects that any fan can recognized the movie never strays from its true Star Wars heritage Abrams captures what made the originals so incredible by paying close attention to its essential artistic traits. He then aids the live action with realistic computer effects that are at their finest. With the perfect amount of humor mixed in, the movie keeps you entranced all the way till the end; which, most certainly leads to a sequel.