JJ Abrams decodes that Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast photo

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Catch Up on All 6 ‘Star Wars’ Movies in Under 3 Minutes.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If the teasers, trailers and hints haven’t sated your appetite for all things Star Wars in advance of the latest entry in the franchise, then it’s time to tap into the force of fan films.From the YouTube creator behind such genius pop culture remixes as “The Wolf of Wall Street Chest Thump Mix” comes a new video that is going to be very helpful this month for anyone who wants to get on the hype train for J.J.When Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theatres on Dec. 18 – or the night of Dec. 17th, for us diehard fans who already have our tickets – we’ll finally get to see Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) brandishing his insane-looking broadsword lightsaber, and find out how Finn (John Boyega) came into possession of that familiar blue blade. You’ve got to give them credit for piecing together trailer hints into logical themes, pulling off low-budget special effects, and acting in generally cheesy fashion.

Starting with the maligned prequel trilogy of the late ’90s/early aughts and then moving through the original George Lucas-helmed trilogy of the late ’70s/early ’80s, the new video hits all the major plot points while leaving out much of the humor and charm. We see little Ani “My Name Is Anakin” Skywalker transform into the evil Darth Vader in just under 90 seconds before a deft transition from the more recent films into the classic series. The director addressed critics during SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show on Monday, Nov. 30. “All I know is John Boyega does an extraordinary job in the movie,” Abrams, 49, told Howard Stern. “I think the people who are complaining about that probably have bigger problems than ‘there’s a black stormtrooper.'” (Last month, Abrams also joked about being shocked about a black stormtrooper during a Saturday Night Live skit.) Boyega, 23 — who plays Finn in the adventure fantasy — has previously addressed the matter. There’s time for Princess Leia’s “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi” but not “You’re my only hope.” You will also learn that Harrison Ford’s Han Solo is essentially irrelevant to the primary plot.

A clever stitching together of various teasers and trailers to date, including bits from international trailers and voice-overs from previous films. http://bit.ly/1NdffPN Way back in 1999, simply seeing Darth Maul fire up that twin-bladed lightsaber for the first time elicited actual gasps from the audience, and the battle – set to composer John Williams’ awesome Duel of the Fates – was amazing and intense. Obi-Wan taking on the four-armed General Grievous was mighty cool, and the climactic lightsaber battle involving Yoda, Obi-Wan, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) was a good’un. But with Boba Fett being one of the most beloved and badass characters in the Star Wars universe, it was freakin’ incredible to watch his dad Jango Fett (Temuera Morrison) fight Obi-Wan in a raging thunderstorm. The ferocious duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan at the end of the movie carries a lot of weight – it’s how Anakin ultimately became Darth Vader, after all – but the wee, nimble Yoda confronting future emperor Darth Sidious (Ian McDiarmid) was the ultimate clash of the titans.

Saber-swinging and Force-flinging, the two fight in the middle of the sprawling Galactic Senate chamber, with Sidious hurling massive floating platforms at the diminutive Jedi. Instead, we just watched wise, kind old Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) go up against big, scary Darth Vader (David Prowse, with the voice of James Earl Jones), in what seemed like a wildly unfair fight.

But the dramatically shot battle that leads up to that famous scene is so fraught with tension and emotion that it still gets our hearts racing to this day. But when the Skywalkers once again clash in the films’ last installment, Luke’s skill and confidence have increased by magnitudes, and Vader is no longer casually wielding his lightsaber one-handed.

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