Film Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Posted on by 5WC in Film

It is fair to say that, in a year which has given us a new James Bond movie, the reopening of Jurassic Park and the insane re-imagination of George Millers Mad Max franchise, one movie has stood head and shoulders above all else. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I don’t think I can remember a movie being as anticipated and pedestaled in the way it has. To say the pressure of expectation upon its shoulders has been immense would be an understatement and a half.

I’m not a diehard fan of the franchise. I’ve seen both the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. I hold both in equal measure, liking them but not really loving with them. I find them inoffensive and easy to watch. To me they are just fantasy escapism, I’ve never got caught up with the deeper political messages littered within. As a result, they will never be my first choice movie to watch, yet even so, I have felt the butterflies in my stomach as the franchise was above to scream back into life. It is the final film of my “10 films of 2015” I’ve been waiting to see and, as the marketing machine has saturated my life, for the first time ever, I’ve truly felt the pull of the franchise – the speciality and charm it has to offer. Read more

Film Review: Star Wars: Episode II – Attack Of The Clones

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So we jump forward ten years from Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace and arrive at a time when everything has changed and yet somehow stayed statically familiar. Episode 2 – Attack Of The Clones instantly feels connected to what has gone before it but because the characters have aged also feels removed. Watching them so close together you can feel that they naturally flow into each other, but also that they are basically two independent stories.

Sadly though, while I sense their shared history, I just fail to really buy into Attack of the Clones. Everything just feels to necessary. Forced together to fit a bigger picture rather than being a coherent story. It also swings wildly between action and romance and neither really convey the strength to carry the film. The fighting too weak and unsatisfactorily simple, the romance too dandelions and buttercup meadows. Read more