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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review (2015)

“I know all about waiting.”

Behold y’awl! The Force has finally awakened! Star Wars: The Force Awakens is everything you wanted the Star Wars sequel to be.

After spending almost a decade devoid of force, J.J. Abrams walks in with the next big installment of the immortal saga with a brilliant plot in his baggage. Star Wars: The Force Awakens does the franchise justice it deserves. The sequel series has once again commenced and it has one of the most pragmatic plots in its vanguard. It at once gallops to answer ‘what could have happened next’ with three young actors to take the ‘new’ story-line forward.

Here we get a new perspective altogether for the first time, unlike previous installments, of a sentient Stormtrooper who doesn’t wish to be evil. John Boyega might have played a clumsy character for the better half but he is onto something big. Finn is scared but there is something good in him that compels him to do the right thing. Also, he brings an element of humour to the tale.

Daisy Ridley’s Rey wears an endearing personality throughout the flick and plays a crucial role whilst packing a fair protagonist punch trying to figure out her connection with the force. To watch Adam Driver play the badass antagonist was awesome. His voice was heavy like Vader’s, his deeds terrifying, and his anger destructive.

Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron can’t be ignored either. His flying capabilities remind you of Luke’s bad-ass runs from the prequels. There is one single shot where Po flies the X-Wing and performs so many thrilling take-downs. It was brilliantly taken from Finn’s vantage. Snoke braces us with a cameo that clears the dust for an impending doom. Andy Serkis hammers another CGI to perfection.

The flick has elements that will haul you back in time with nostalgia. Reminiscent references, images, and characters from the previous parts cloud the screen quite often and you just can’t help pointing them out like Easter eggs. Be it be the badass Vader music in just a mere glimpse, or a circular frame-changer like the one used in previous parts, it has every element shoehorned in to call it a definite Star Wars movie.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a brilliant tribute to the most revered tale in the whole universe. If you haven’t watched it yet, just run to the theatres already! May the force be with you!

The Age of Adaline Review (2015)

The Age of Adaline is a beautiful glimpse into the eternity.

The Age of Adaline if not great, is a good movie that skims romance gorgeously. The concept though a mere fantasy is brought to life with a scientific outlook and a background narration that doesn’t properly explore the how. The theme of the movie is romance and it tries to stay on it with Lee Toland Krieger’s beautiful direction. The drama is great to watch owing to exceptional performances packed in by Harrison Ford and Blake Lively.

In the beginning things are a little mediocre, with the far-fetched concept and the narration that often returns at unwanted moments, where the director tries to show the past through a black and white film Adaline is looking at and tries to milk the resemblance. However, it becomes an exercise in futility and you wish the narration to just stop as it skims unnecessarily into the diegetic territory. But soon the story resumes its right course with the introduction of Ellis Jones played by Michiel Huisman. The spark that he brings with him complements Adaline well and the story gallops into something from nothing.

The moment Harrison Ford is introduced into the story the flick’s luster refurbishes itself completely. Melodrama becomes grave and the tale becomes a tad dark. However, it soon gets wobbled up by mediocrity once again and Fordism disappears eventually.

What stops this movie from being great is its screenplay. There aren’t many lines that explore profundity. Also, unlike David Fincher’s dark aftermath, this movie doesn’t explore the many phases of time. There is so much poetry to a woman that cannot age, and all goes to waste since Krieger was too busy exploring romance, failing to milk the concept enough. What could have been a literally orgastic flick drenched in poetry, dies down into a bleak love story confined to a woman quandary.