‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Recaps of 6 Previous Films

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Fans’ first glimpse of Star Wars: The Force Awakens: ‘A sacred experience’.

J.J. As the clock struck one minute past midnight, tens of thousands of fans who had queued to be among the first in the world to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens were glued to their seats.

The new director, JJ Abrams (Lost, Star Trek) jumpstarts the franchise with breathtaking action and a new trio of intriguing young heroes: a Stormtrooper deserter (John Boyega), an X-wing fighter ace (Oscar Isaac) and an orphaned desert scavenger (Daisy Ridley).Overnight she’s become a global star — a gorgeous young British actress who enjoyed a private education at a Home Counties boarding school and up until now thought getting a small part in Casualty on the BBC was hitting the big time. Odeon cinemas said they had sold 60,000 tickets for the 113 midnight screenings, and over 700,000 tickets overall, for the long-awaited film’s opening weekend. The dedication and involvement of fans will likely be magnified by the marketing machine of Disney, which has bought the franchise and is rolling out a 40-year plan for it. Then he grinned and pointed at Lucas’s chest, as if to say, “He’s the man.” The premiere in Los Angeles spread out across three theatres on Hollywood Blvd.

Like the 1977 original, it’s a film with gravitas and a sense of humour, with Abrams assisted in the screenwriting by Star Wars royalty Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi), and Michael Arndt, whose credits include the Sundance quirkfest Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3 (along with sci-fi credits Oblivion and a Hunger Games movie). Mike Walsh, an Associate Professor in screen and media at Flinders University, said the appeal for Disney is that the Star Wars brand goes beyond just films, into a range of products that can be sold. “I think we can confidently say that every generation, people are going to rediscover these films, which is why Disney like it because it’s a safe bet.” “They’re going to set up the transmedia production line over the next 30 or 40 years, telling Star Wars through novels, television shows, animated shows, the films themselves and video games in a way that we’ve never seen before,” Assistant Professor Knight said. There were celebrity guests paying costumed homage: Rainn Wilson in a Jedi robe; Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Yoda face paint; Sofia Vergara with her hair twirled into classic Princess Leia buns. At the Imax screening in London, the capital’s biggest midnight showing of the film, Nicholas Ravery, 26, said he had made sure he got tickets to a midnight screening to ensure he avoided spoilers. “I’ve been off Facebook and the internet for three days to make sure this film is a complete surprise,” he said. “I’ve watched Star Wars since I was a kid. Even without these themes, the link to earlier movies is unavoidable thanks to the appearance of familiar faces—including Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher as Han Solo and Princess Lea—not to mention favourite franchise hardware like the Millennium Falcon.

Abrams stages their entrances like an expert ringmaster, allowing time for the inevitable gasp and applause to break out in the theatre (the intergalactic rust bucket attracted one of the loudest cheers at the premiere). Ravery said he was usually a very vocal viewer when watching Star Wars, knowing all the words after watching it “endless times”, but said that aside from cheering when the credits opened, he intended on being “deathly silent”. “I think it’s going to be an almost religious atmosphere,” he said. “After all, this is a bit of a sacred experience.” For siblings Edie Earl, 17, and Paddy Earl, 20 – both showing off Star Wars wigs – the midnight screening was “the event of the year”. However, the different generations don’t always gel smoothly on screen and the film struggles to totally convince the audience of the emotional glue binding them all together. There are a couple of scenes before the final act where the film’s plot engine is so busy establishing who means what to whom that you can hear the cogs starting to grind.

In the battle sequences, his camera moves with head-spinning agility, turning upside-down and circling around as the sound design becomes a cacophony of orchestra and explosions. I saw the rest of the play, and then went home on the Tube.’ Despite her surprise at landing the lead role, she says she had a ‘funny feeling in my body’ while auditioning. ‘There was something pushing me on, telling me this was going to happen.’ No wonder her first day of filming did not go well, with director J.J. It was awful.’ To prepare for the movie Daisy worked out for five hours a day, five days a week, and dropped carbs from her diet, instead favouring ‘fish, legumes and spirulina shakes’.

The school specialises in music, musical theatre and drama and counts Downton stars Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay and X Factor’s Ella Henderson among its most recent alumnae. In a span of 16 years, undergoing something of a Jedi to Sith conversion of his own, Lucas went from supplier of grade school bliss to destroyer of childhood memories. The first prequel was titled The Phantom Menace, which now seems apt: Lucas had returned like a bearded apparition and accidentally set fire to childhood nostalgia.

On Monday, before he attended the first Star Wars movie to contain his DNA but none of his fingerprints, Lucas looked circumspect, as if detecting a disturbance in the Force. As he told the Hollywood Reporter: “It’s about what one generation leaves behind and the next generation has to deal with.” Abrams inherited what Lucas left behind.

Under the name ‘Demonchild Daisy’, she posted a picture of herself draped around a man with the words ‘Made in England’ written on her body in lipstick. Daisy has been dating public school-educated actor Charlie Hamblett, who played Mickey Yates in the television mini series Babylon in 2014, for several years. It’s hard to date once you’re a big Star Wars star because you don’t want to give people the ability to say: “I had sex with Princess Leia.”’

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