Star Wars VII — The Force Awakens

I hadn’t really planned to see this but my friend Stephen H suggested we go to Greater Union here in The Gong, which we did yesterday morning. I am glad I went as I thoroughly enjoyed Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. See IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes where you may see the critical response. Of the negative responses this from The Nation can serve:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens dazzles audiences with a surface of nostalgic fun made shiny new-but beneath that mask, if you care to notice it, lurks an abyss of futility.

But most responses have been positive, even enthusiastic. I don’t propose an in-depth review. Instead, an aspect or two.

Go to ABC for a rather amazing Star Wars: every scene from I-VI charted. Enjoy. Now the new film.

There are old (older!) familiar faces of course, and good they were too! Among the newish faces is this one:


Adam Driver. There were moments when I thought of Ian Mckellen in the movie Richard III. Yes, you do get to see his face, but I will avoid spoilers.

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I was very taken by the effects and locations. This interview with those responsible is interesting.

If there’s one thing you can be certain to find in a Star Wars movie, it’s glorious special effects. So after The Force Awakens opened last year, an Academy Award nomination for the film’s VFX leads seemed inevitable. Roger Guyett and Patrick Tubach will be going up against visual effects teams behind other big-budget sci-fi films, including Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian, as well as a rare indie nominee, Ex Machina. We sat down with Guyett and Tubach ahead of the Oscars on February 28th to explore how they went about bringing Star Wars back to life. (Warning: This interview is naturally full of spoilers.)…

At the very end is an amazing location. I thought South America and Incas, but I was wrong. See The spectacular island that hosted Star Wars The Force Awakens’ final scene.

This incredible setting for the (almost literal) cliffhanger ending of The Force Awakens is no fantasy realm. If Star Wars creator George Lucas was still at the helm of the franchise, his love of computer-generated special effects might have resulted in this island being filled with giant alien birds, purple grass and floating rocks. 

Instead, The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams opted to use a real location for the final scene of his film – the island of Skellig Michael off the coast of Ireland…