Film Review: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens’ (2015)

starwars7Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens is the best installment since The Empire Strikes Back, but it’s no brave new world; it’s well-trod territory that will make you feel like you’re watching another special edition of A New Hope.

All the signature tropes from the 1977 original are here, such as:

A disaffected orphan loner on a backwater planet? Check.

A beeping droid carrying something vital for the Resistance? Check.

A black-clad, masked Big Bad? Check.

Daddy issues? Check, check and check!

But it’s 2015, so in this reboot for the post-millennial world, the loner is a woman, Rey (newcomer Daisy Ridley), who can really handle herself in a scrap. The movie takes pains to populate the Resistance and the First Order (the evil group that succeeded the Empire) with women of various ages and races. Grrrrl Power!
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Leaked ‘Star Wars VII’ Concept Art Will Stun — If You Peek

star-wars-slateA whole bunch of concept art from Star Wars: Episode VII leaked online today. Assuming these images are legit — and I cannot vouch for their authenticity — but if they are real, they hint that this movie may be the Star Wars flick fans deserve in the wake of the disastrous I-III trilogy.

If you have the midi-chlorians (sorry) to forge ahead, follow the leap to see some truly inspirational images. If, however, you are spoiler-phobic, then get thee to a galaxy far, far away from this post. Seriously, if you don’t want Episode VII ruined — even potentially a little tiny bit, look away! Your heart will be broken to have such awesome images spoiled. You have been warned!
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Stupidest ‘Star Wars’ Rumor of the Day

lukehandConsidering the heavy blanket of secrecy thrown over the production of Star Wars: Episode VII, it’s easy to understand people grasping at the most flimsy of straws when it comes to rumors about what director J.J. Abrams is up to – but today’s alleged plot leak is so extremely ridiculous that I’m not even labeling it a spoiler. It’s just too dumb to consider.
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