Sunday, December 20, 2015

There's new hope for Star Wars the Force Awakens

The time has finally come. Fans from all over the world have been anticipating this film since 1983. The continuation of an epic saga, the final pieces to a world wide phenomenon that have shattered box office records everywhere. Star Wars The Force Awakens is being hailed as the best film of the year. The story takes place decades after Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi ends. It centers around BB-8 a droid that holds a piece of the map of Luke Skywalker’s journey. After the previous film ends, the audience discovers that Luke vanished and the dark side has been searching for his whereabouts to destroy the last remaining Jedi Master. The dark side is still obsessed with gaining power and control over the entire universe and attempting to rid the planets of any threats, i.e. Luke Skywalker. Somehow BB-8’s master, Poe, has possession of the map and inserts it into the droid, and the rest of the film takes flight from that point on. Now it's up to the droid, a few new characters and a handful of familiar faces to fight for what’s right, hold on to what’s theirs and to never falter to the dark side.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

What I learned from watching Stars Wars Episodes I-VI

*Spoilers for all six films reside in this article.

For a child growing up in the 1980s everyone whose everyone knew someone who was obsessed with George Lucas’s Star Wars trilogy. For me, it was my older brother, sister and cousins. Having seen Episodes IV-VI many times growing up, I never completely understood the obsession. As a child, you don’t critique the acting, cinematography or storyline really. Children want to be entertained. When Darth Vader came on screen, which I’m sorry as a 31 year old he is still frightening, he had a presence like no other film villain. He had his own music and you never really see his face except for one of the final scenes in the trilogy. The mask of the unknown makes him all the more scary and mysterious. He has no remorse, no conscious as to what he does is wrong or hurtful. But, then again this was before Episodes I-III came out where no one really knew how Darth Vader became Darth Vader or why. I decided to watch all six films in honor of Episode VII The Force Awakens coming out next month. I felt that I couldn’t fully review the film without watching all the films that came before it.