BY MEGAN RUGE – STAFF WRITER
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, an orphan boy born to be a Jedi and his long-lost sister embark on the adventure of a lifetime to take down their father, who looks to rule the galaxy under his evil thumb.
Almost forty years after the release of what is now known as the fourth film in the Star Wars saga, the film series is still among the most watched films made in the last fifty years. The Star Wars saga came to an end in 1999 with the release of the sixth film, regarded as the third film to watch in order.
Now, more than fifteen years later, Disney has decided that the story has not yet ended.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was regarded as the most anticipated film of 2015. In its opening weekend, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” outsold “Jurassic World” in pre-sales alone. After the sale of the story to Walt Disney Studios, the fans of the original films of the saga feared that Disney would take its creative license too far, but the film had critics raving.
This film brought the beloved story to the 21st century. The seventh film and the restart to the world’s most beloved saga met all expectations.
This film occurs years after the death of Darth Vader and the fall of the Empire. In this film, a villain known as Kylo Ren and his army, the First Order, look to destroy the Republic and take the galaxy for their own.
The First Order is looking for a map that will lead them to the one thing that could destroy them.
All the while, a former storm trooper and a scavenger search for the Resistance in order to protect a droid that holds the secret to saving the galaxy. Accompanied by some familiar faces, these two unexpected heroes will find their destiny on the journey of a lifetime.
The film combines all the action and adventure of the original films with the special effects of the new age.
Unlike some regenerated films, the seventh Star Wars film stays true to the original story, using some of the original props and costumes to create the illusion that nothing has changed. The film is able to recreate that same feeling fans receive while watching the first films.
It is hard to tell that the special effects were updated. Although it is no secret the technology is new-age, George Lucas’ vision for the original films achieved such an advanced level of special effects that the new film could only parallel them. Using a new technique could risk ruining the illusion that only time had passed but nothing had changed.
The biggest difference from the original six films is the video quality. With the first six films originating in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the quality of the video footage was expected to be greater than it was before.
For as many years as have passed between the release of the sixth Star Wars film and the seventh, Walt Disney Studios managed to pick up right where the last film left off. Even with the time gap, the story maintained the same magic captured in the first round of Star Wars films.
With such a large following and a major turn out in the box office, it is safe to say we will be receiving a follow-up film. It is not decided as to how many more films will be produced, but the story is not quite over yet.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is a must see for all ages.