Star Wars: The Force Awakens

2015

J. J. Abrams
Director
Bad Robot
Production Company
Lucasfilm
Production Company
Walt Disney Pictures
Studio

Not much to be said really is there?

-The Sloth

I originally gave this a good review, probably out of relief it didn't turn out to be an unmitigated disaster. While it is a perfectly craftsmanlike film, there is not a single bit of originality present, and more importantly, absolutely no sense of wonder. It's just A New Hope with slightly different characters and lady stomrtroopers. Abrams is not a filmmaker; he is a contractor, hired by Disney to crank out an efficent two hour long money making machine. That's exactly what he did, and we, the audience, are poorer because of it. A New Hope was rough around the edges, but it had energy and heart. Even the much lambasted and derided prequels tried to capture some of that. This is a slick piece of machinery created by an industrial machine. Granted , that is what most movies are, but there is still room for creativity.

And just so you don't think I'm too much of a bitter nostalgic old fart, I thought Daisy Ridley was great, seeing Harrison Ford in his old element was equally great, BB-8 adorable (even if basically a chibi-fied R2D2), and I applaud Abrams' use of practical effects instead of over-reliance on CGI. I just wish it could have been the "more" that it should have been.And there are moments that come so close. . .so very close.

-Dave W.



18th December 2015
Cinema



135 mins
2.35:1




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Harrison Ford
Han Solo
Mark Hamill
Luke Skywalker
Carrie Fisher
General Leia Organa
Adam Driver
Kylo Ren
Daisy Ridley
Rey
John Boyega
Finn / FN-2187
Oscar Isaac
Poe Dameron
Lupita Nyong'o
Maz Kanata
Andy Serkis
Supreme Leader Snoke
Domhnall Gleeson
General Hux
Anthony Daniels
C-3PO
Max von Sydow
Lor San Tekka
Peter Mayhew
Chewbacca
Gwendoline Christie
Captain Phasma
Ken Leung
Admiral Statura
Greg Grunberg
Snap Wexley
Joonas Suotamo
Chewbacca Double
Pip Andersen
Lead Stormtrooper
[FN-2003]
Simon Pegg
Unkar Plutt
Kiran Shah
Teedo
Sasha Frost
Jakku Villager
(scenes deleted)
Pip Torrens
Colonel Kaplan
Andrew Jack
Major Ematt
Rocky Marshall
Colonel Datoo
Emun Elliott
Brance
Brian Vernel
Bala-Tik
Yayan Ruhian
Tasu Leech
Sebastian Armesto
Lieutenant Mitaka
Maisie Richardson-Sellers
Kor Sella
Warwick Davis
Wollivan
Cailey Fleming
Young Rey
Mark Stanley
Clan Leader
(incorrectly credited as Knight of Ren)
Iko Uwais
Razoo Quin-Free
Anna Brewster
Bazine Netal
Harriet Walter
Dr. Kalonia
Tim Rose
Admiral Ackbar
Erik Bauersfeld
Voice: Admiral Ackbar
Mike Quinn
Nien Nunb
Kipsang Rotich
Voice: Nien Nunb
Michael Giacchino
FN-3181
[Trooper Grabbing Poe on Jakku]
Nigel Godrich
FN-9330
[Trooper Shot with Bowcaster at Starkiller Base]
Judah Friedlander
Bar Patron
Victor McGuire
Bar Patron
Miltos Yerolemou
Bar Patron
Francesca Longrigg
Bar Patron
D.C. Barns
Bar Patron
Matt Johnson
Bar Patron
Billie Lourd
Lieutenant Connix
Leanne Best
Min Sakul
Crystal Clarke
Ensign Goode
Jeffery Kissoon
Rear Admiral Guich
Claudia Sermbezis
Lema Eelyak
Gerald W. Abrams
Captain Cypress
(as Gerry Abrams)
James McGrath Jr.
Vice Admiral Resdox
(as Jim McGrath)
Philicia Saunders
Tabala Zo
Morgan Dameron
Commodore Meta
Jessica Henwick
Jess Testor
Tosin Cole
Lieutenant Bastian
(Red 4)
James McArdle
Niv Lek
Stefan Grube
Yolo Ziff
Dixie Arnold
Resistance Soldier
[Dameron's Crew Chief]
Hannah John-Kamen
First Order Officer
[Starkiller Base Tech]
Tom Edden
First Order Officer
[Starkiller Base Tech]
Kate Fleetwood
First Order Officer
[CPO Unamo, Finalizer Bridge Tech]
Richard Riddell
First Order Officer
[Lt. Rodinon, Starkiller Base]
Jefferson Hall
First Order Officer
[Starkiller Base Tech]
Thomas Brodie-Sangster
First Order Officer
[Petty Officer Thanisson, Finalizer Hangar Deck Operator]
Jack Laskey
First Order Officer
[Technician Mandetat]
Brian Herring
BB-8 Performed By
Dave Chapman
BB-8 Performed By
Bill Hader
BB-8 Voice Consultants
Ben Schwartz
BB-8 Voice Consultants
Kenny Baker
R2-D2 Consultant
Arti Shah
Maz Motion Capture Double / Gonk Droid / Gwellis Bagnoro
Mike Massa
Han Solo Double
Gloria Garcia
Jaaku Defender
(uncredited)
Cecep Arif Rahman
Crokind Shand
(uncredited)
Frank Oz
Voice: Yoda
(archival)
Alec Guinness
Voice: Obi-Wan Kenobi
(archival)
Ewan McGregor
Voice: Obi-Wan Kenobi
(archival)
Rony Bridges
First Order Officer
(uncredited)
Liang Yang
FN-2199
["TR8R"]
(uncredited)
Daniel Craig
Voice: Detention Cell Stormtrooper (FN-1824)
Unknown 2488496-04
Resistance Controller
Paul Kasey
Ello Asty (Red 6)
Matthew Wood
Voice: Ello Asty (Red 6)
Derek Arnold
Resistance Controller
[Vober Dand]
Freema Agyeman
New Republican
(unconfirmed)
Charlie Akin
Stormtrooper / Resistance Tech
Dante Briggins
Stormtrooper
Jamie Ben Chambers
Heavy Gunner Stormtrooper
Alan Chimes
Stormtrooper
Calvin Cornwall
Sidon Ithano
Rimmel Daniel
Stormtrooper
Nick Donald
Imperial Gunner
Chris Geden
Imperial Officer
Marina Hayter
Bar Worker
Matthew Hobbs
Resistance Soldier
Phil Hodges
X-Wing Pilot
Leigh Holland
Stormtrooper
Kevin Hudson
Rebel Alliance
Phoenix James
Stormtrooper
Aaron Kennedy
Cloaked Messenger
Andrei Lenart
Resistance Soldier
Johnny Lynch
Stormtrooper
Billy James Machin
Stormtrooper
Raymond Mamrak
Stormtrooper
Jorge Leon Martinez
Jedi
Sandeep Mohan
Various Stormtroopers
Benjayx Murphy
Officer of the Rebel Alliance
Jason Nicholls-Carrer
Stormtrooper
Mark Preston
Stormtrooper
Mark Alec Rutter
Stormtroopers
Gerard Smith
Resistance Soldier
Clem So
Resistance Fighter
Karol Steele
Jakku Village Elder
Frank Stone
Rebel General
Ashley Ward
Bar Patron
Millicent
General Hux's Cat
(scenes deleted)

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