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|Original title:||Star Wars: The Force Awakens|
|Genre:||Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action|
|Production country:||USA 2015|
|Running time:||Ca. 135 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
It's time again: Fans of the "Star Wars" saga can finally travel back far, far away galaxy. Hardly any other film has been so eagerly awaited in recent years as "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Awakening of Power". Since the announcement that the actors from the original (and for many the only true) trilogy would play again and at the latest after the really great main trailer the anticipation knows no more borders. Although the marketing machinery of this movie takes on quite absurd traits and the "Star Wars" logo seems to be clapped on everything, no matter if it has something to do with the movie or not, the enthusiasm of the fans is not affected. But so much anticipation of course also raises expectations extremely high and so the question arises: can the film still fulfill them at all?
Director J.J. Abrams ("Star Trek", "Lost") has made a big secret of the story to the end. And even though there are many newspapers and online magazines that reveal all the surprises, we don't want to say too much about the plot at this point. Because that would reduce the very special cinema experience that this chapter of the "Star Wars" saga offers a little bit. But that can be said: Thirty years have passed since the rebel victory over the Empire. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights, has disappeared many years ago. In his absence, the "First Order" could rise from the ashes of the empire, with the aim of destroying the resistance once and for all. To prevent this, General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), the leader of the Resistance, desperately searches for her brother. She sends her best pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) to the planet Jakku to provide important information about the Jedi Knight's stay. But before Poe can bring these important data back to Leia, he is captured by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and his storm troopers - but not without entrusting the information to the little droid BB-8, who shortly after falls into the hands of the loner Rey (Daisy Ridley). Together with the fugitive Finn (John Boyega), whom she believes to be a member of the resistance, Rey wants to bring BB-8 to the rebel base. And so the next chapter begins in the fight against the dark side of power…
J.J. Abrams is a big fan of the old "Star Wars" movies. That was also the reason why he did not want to do Episode VII at first. He did not want to destroy for himself the special position that these films have in his life. But luckily he let himself be persuaded, because Abrams managed to do what George Lucas unfortunately didn't succeed with his Prequel trilogy. In his quest to produce the technically perfect "Star Wars" film, Lucas had completely lost sight of the characters and everything that made up the charm of the original trilogy. Episode I - III are achiever diversion theater with achiever entertainment measure. But they are also very sterile, wooden films, which unfortunately take themselves far too seriously. This worked very well in some action sequences, but in other moments also annoyed hardcore fans or even bored.
Abrams is now back to its roots. He has shot as often as possible on real locations and on real sets and has also worked a lot with animatronic dolls and masks. This makes this world tangible and doesn't give rise to the studio feeling that is inherent in many green-screen scenes from Episode I - III. That doesn't mean that Episode VII doesn't use a lot of CGI effects. But it is the mixture of traditional methods and modern technology that makes this return to the "Star Wars" universe so successful. The same applies to the characters and their actors. Here Abrams also makes use of a good mixture of old and new. While most of the well-known characters only have very small appearances, Han Solo alias Harrison Ford is one of the big stars of the movie. Ford brings this incredibly popular character to life with a lightness as if the three-decade pause had never happened. But he also gives Han Solo a few new facets. After all, the years have not passed him by without a trace. And one event in particular has had a lasting effect on him - which one, of course, is not revealed here.
However, the new cast, led by Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver, is also convincing in every respect. However, this is also due to the script, which makes her much more than just stereotyped clichés. Here another positive aspect of the staging comes to the fore: humour! Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, who had already written the scripts for "The Empire Strikes Back" and "The Return of the Jedi Knights", lend their characters a humanity that Anakin, Padme or Qui-Gon Jinn simply lacked through extremely funny (but never flat) dialogues. These new characters are equal successors of Leia, Han and Luke and one looks forward already during this film to be allowed to spend in the future still more time with these characters.
Cynics and perpetual grumblers could expose naturally a quantity at "the awakening of the power". Granted, there are a lot of parallels, especially to "Episode IV", so you could almost call the movie a remake. And yes, the makers play it safe dramaturgically and offer old and new fans exactly what they want to see. But what matters is how they do it. Here the film exudes a passion from every pore, which may perhaps be paired with calculation, but which allows the fans of the old films in particular to once again experience this very special feeling of wonder and amazement that one experienced as a child - or as an adult in the late 70s and early 80s in the cinema. J.J. Abrams brings back to the cinema the magic that many blockbusters of today simply lack. Even though "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Awakening of Power" isn't perfect and may not be the best part of the series, it has become exactly the movie fans hoped for. It's a spectacle for the eye, extremely thrilling entertainment cinema with great effects, good actors, a new droid to fall in love with, a very interesting villain (about whom I deliberately said as little as possible), some very funny moments, but also some emotional goosebumps and a great new score by John Williams. Those who want to discover the child in themselves once again and who allow themselves to immerse themselves in foreign worlds in the cinema and who can stop the unfortunately very present cynicism for two hours, will be offered a very, very big cinema here. That's what it's all about: Absolutely and definitely worth seeing!!!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp