Star Wars: The Force Awakens
It’s been over a decade since the last Star Wars film premiered in theatres. Revenge of the Sith was the last of the prequel series that many fans saw as a travesty to the original trilogy. The heavy use of CGI, questionable characters, lack of character depth or development, and flaccid story lines left us feeling as though George Lucas had seriously lost his mind and was simply out to destroy the memory of this iconic franchise.
Then Disney stepped in. What at first was a move eyed with distrust by earnest fans, has now revealed itself to be perhaps the best move to restore our faith in Star Wars. George Lucas was separated from the project, divorced of any rights or input in the development of the new series of films. JJ Abrams who has a proven track record of satisfying sci-fi nerds was chosen for the project.
The new trilogy is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, the film that left us with an unsatisfactory ending. Although George Lucas’ treatments were read and acknowledged, new ideas were brought to the table and developed by the team. One of the new additions is BB-8, an expressive droid created and inspired by the charisma of his predecessors C-3PO and R2D2. Unlike the CGI terrain of the prequel debacle, Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes place on real sets and in real locations which allows for a more realistic universe and the ability for viewers to immerse themselves in the worlds.
An ardent fan of the original series, JJ Abrams wanted to pay homage to Star Wars with the style and film shots of the original trilogy. “There were cases where we literally used the same filters as the original movies so certain things would feel a certain way. The goal was to make something that felt very much of the DNA of Star Wars, what we know and love, and yet, a new story,” Abrams told Rolling Stone Magazine.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens also sees the return of the original cast: Harrison Ford (Hans Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), and Mark Hammill (Luke Skywalker).
To celebrate the Premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney opened a pop-up shop in Toronto. Located at 277 Queen Street West, the pop-up features life-size replicas of Rey, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, BB-8, and a Storm Trooper. Limited edition t-shirts are available. The doors opened to the public on December 5th. The pop-up shop is only open for another few days until December 21st and is open from 11 AM – 7 PM. Get there while you can!
And for everyone who watched the premiere of Star Wars: Force Awakens last night or is planning to do so in the coming weeks: May the force be with you!