The Bitlanders Film Series to Support Women Empowerment: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Accidentally I came across a blog "Blog for "The Bitlanders Film Series" to Support Women Empowerment - Sep 17 to Sep30, 2018". I want to add my contribution to the support of women rights. I always thought that the rights of all human beings should be equal, and there should not be such thing as a man is superior to the woman as it is still is in many countries of the world. Our, women, right in my country are equal with men’ long years already, but I always feel some shame and guilt for those women all around the world that still suffer from the exploitation, violence, and humiliation. Women, let's fight for our equal rights where ever you live.
We have the challenge to write a movie review of the given four movies:
From September 17 to September 30, all blogs about the movies listed below that are submitted for review will receive additional bonus rewards.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Beauty and the Beast
The strong female characters (Princess Leia, Queen/Senator Padme Amidala) always was a part of "Star Wars", and this tradition is still not broken in a new sequel.
"STAR WARS" Phenomenon
When the series of "Star Wars" trilogy was publicly confirmed many years ago, the whole world of cinema began to buzz as a very suspicious beehive. "Star Wars" is a phenomenon that has not an analog not only as a film but also as the whole popular culture, which has shaken the whole world since its first appearance in 1977.
It is not better than the original trilogy. The right time and the right place years ago led to the creation of perfect entertaining genre films whose magic is not possible to repeat again. And it's good that it can't be repeated. Once you know that something is no longer possible to improve, you can take something new. Of course, modern Hollywood is not very interested in new ideas, so at the end of 2015, after 32 years of silence, we got the "Star Wars" sequel.
So all sworn fans of this cosmic epic from the very minute of the announcement about the upcoming sequel began to wait impatiently for the film's appearance. The other cinema studios, who had planned to put their film projects on the same time, it was necessary to cancel and redo the dates of the premieres in order to avoid a shattering financial fiasco, as it was already clear in advance - nobody will be able to resist more seriously the "Star Wars" Episode VII The predictions proved true and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was already breaking the premiere weekend already crushed all attendance records, and the premiere event in Los Angeles was equal to the Oscars' award ceremony.
Red Carpet Star Wars Fan Event in Japan - Photo credit: zimbio.com
In 2012, George Lucas, the creator of this cosmic epic sold his company "Lucasfilm" and rights to create "Star Wars" future sequels to the Disney film studio. Although he had prepared his sketch for the future trilogy, his concept was rejected, and the director himself participated only in the development of the VII episode as a consultant.
An American J.J. Abrams was chosen to manage this project condemned in advance for tremendous success (at least in a financial sense). Although he had so far directed television series, he already had the experience of creating intergalactic films. J. J. Abrams also contributed to the writing of a script that was witched up to the premiere in the strangest secret.
It is actually a highly competently created movie with healthy doses of emotions and intriguing details and a little over action and humor. Of course, it's not equal to the original trilogy, but still, it is good enough.
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The Short Sory Of The Movie
It passed thirty years after the destruction of the second "Star of Death" and a fatal blow to the Empire, the forces of evil, now called the First Order, are rising again. The successors and followers of the Republic's Resistance are headed by Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). The First Order and even the Resistance are trying to find Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last Jedi, who disappear like into the water.
Best Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) travels to the planet of Jakku, where he handles a medium with information on how to find Luke. Under the command of the new Lord of the Dark Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), the Imperial Infantry attacks the village and Poe, in order to protect important information, trusts his droid BB-8, which succeeds in escaping. His master is much less successful. He is in the clutches of Kylo Ren and is tortured to give away the BB-8 information. But with the help of the rebellious Empire infantryman Finn (John Boyega) Poe escapes. Unfortunately, his piloted TIE machine breaks down into Jakku wilderness, and only Finn manages to escape.
And so, in short: the galaxy is still in the midst of a conflict between the former rebels (now the establishment) and the remnants of the former Empire. On one side are all our old and new heroes, and on the other side is Kylo Ren, a group of generals, a crowd of stormtroopers, and Commander Snake. In other words, everything is very simple - good fights against evil. Just like in the original trilogy.
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens - Photo credit: youtube.com
As I write a review of "Star Wars: The Force Awaken" in a support of women empowerment, I want to stop a little bit on a character of Rey. This character was embodied by a young actress Daisy Ridley. The role is new in this epic story. Who is Rey? As a girl, she was left in Jakku island in her childhood and lived a lonely life. After years, her life was interrupted by robot BB-8, the droid of pilot Poe, and Finn, runaway Stormtrooper. In such a way, she got involved in a conflict between First Order (dark forces) and Resistance.
This young 19 years gird is shown as very stubborn and brave, headstrong and optimistic. The Ray is always loyal to her friends. Rey feels the Power in herself. At the end of this band, we see how Rey meets Jedi Luke Skywalker, who is living separated from the world in a secluded island. I think what will happen later, we will see in the next "Star Wars" Episode.
Rey proves herself to be, in extremely short order, extremely adept as a fighter. Rey is highly Force-sensitive, which is revealed when she is presented with the lightsaber first owned by Anakin Skywalker, then his son Luke Skywalker. Without training, she is able to use advanced Force abilities and even defeat Kylo Ren in a duel, though he was already injured and using his power of the dark side to fight being weakened by his pain. - Megan Garber of The Atlantic .
I will not tell you all the story. I hope you get interested and if still did not watch this movie and how bravely are Rey, just watch.
The Content Of The Movie
The new film has what the prehistoric did not have - the spirit. From the very first frames, we feel the same spirit as the former trilogy had time ago. No sterility and clumsiness of the prehistory. Already in the first five minutes, you can understand what this film is all about and what the motivations of the two conflicting sides are, which is very important in this genre.
Director J. J. Abrams is just the perfect man for this work. Obviously, he is a fan of the series and feels a commitment to his fans. And that commitment is fulfilled. We can praise the creators simply because of their attention to detail. You can see something cool in every frame - an interesting creature design, landscape elements, etc. All of this is a perfectly fitted to the franchise's universe. If George Lucas, it seems, did not even really understand for what people love the "Star Wars", then J. J. Abrams does not need any explanations. He is well aware that there must be a very human story in the center, and space fights, light sword fights, and other elements are just a tool to reveal it to all its beauty.
Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens - Photo credit: funnyjunk.com
But watching the new movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", the feeling that it's been seen already somewhere did not leave me. In fact, there is no need to go far to answer - the VII episode is not essentially a new story but the replication of the IVth, the oldest episode. It's a specific new interpretation. Then you realize that you saw it in Episode IV and instantly realize how the scene will end because there's something like a recollection of the future. Peculiar deja vu.
Again, we have a droid with hidden important information, we have the analog of the Republic and the dark powers. We have a promising young character with excellent light sword control and incredible aircraft pilot capabilities and extremely easy-to-handle power. We even have a new black helmet. Not counting such as compulsory shootings, intergalactic chasing, and light with swords.
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In principle, it can be said that in this case, a safe and pleasing the taste of the massive audience was chosen. Even if, as a result, they had to sacrifice a more interesting perspective on the development of the plot and deeper connections between the characters. Do spectators want lots of lights and lots of sounds? Much action and lots of colors? Many shooting blasts and lots of fighting lights with swords? Plenty of flights and catches? Why did not give it all to them? Why tease the masses by creating risky characters or scenes, which, moreover, will not please most fans - rather, play what has been tested and what causes the satisfaction.
It's true that at times, the so-so literally replicating of "A New Hope" seems comical. At such moments even doubts arise about the intentions of the creators of the film. Because "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" both of parallels, and because of their humor, do not seem to be a continuation of Star Wars, but as a parody of the "A New Hope".
Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens - Photo credit: wallls.com
The scenario is undoubtedly the main problem of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". As it has become customary in contemporary Hollywood, the film sets itself the modest goal to please absolutely everyone. It is possible to approach this goal only by playing with sufficient safety when trying to glue the plot from very well-calculated elements. 50 grams of action, 20 grams of humor, a pinch of drama. Therefore, it often seems that the story is pushed forward somehow artificially. The series of events must take place in the film, it is logical and well thought out, but both actors and spectators have absolutely no time to reflect on them, emotionally react to them, because they already need to move to the next stage of the scene.
In IV Episode, there is such an amazing and well-known scene in which Luke Skywalker looks at two descending suns. At that melancholic moment, you start understanding that bothersome, whining boy and his dreams. There is simply no time for the similar things in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". After all, viewers need a lot of action and fun. Maybe that's why it feels such an excess of action scenes and humor in this film. Because someone could get bored in a movie theater.
Ironically, but just those overestimated action scenes exactly cause the greatest boredom. A few of them could have been simply removed and the time won could be given to the characters development scenes. The movie would have become only stronger. That is my opinion.
John Boyega in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens - Photo credit: imdb.com
The Technical Side Of The Movie
If scenario, direction, and performance deserve some kind of criticism, then there is not much to do with the technical side. Of all the technical parameters, only the operator's work might be a bit better, but even the existing quality is high enough. Audio and video editing are done well.
John Williams came back again to the soundtrack of "Star Wars". He was writing music for all of the six "Star Wars" parts released before. Of course, the kind of ecstasy that the soundtrack caused in the original trilogy or III episode, the music does not cause in the VII episode, but sometimes you can hear short motives of the melodies you like.
Women Empowerment: Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens - Photo credit: wallup.net
The Collective Work Of The Actors
It has become clear from the list of actors soon enough that in the VII episode will be involved not only new characters but also old well-known ones. So, "The Force Awakens" after more than thirty years has brought back the main trio to the screens - Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Leia (Carrie Fisher), who now is called not a Princess but General, and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).
Talking about the role of the veterans, it is not possible to judge their performance unequivocally (due to the very different time distribution of the screen).
The expectations of the audience are justified by Harrison Ford. As soon as we see him, it's clear that it's nothing else but the old Han Solo. He is the same sardonic space cowboy as we recall from the original trilogy, just with some traces of past time on his face.
Harrison Ford at an event for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens - Photo credit: imdb.com
However, Carrie Fisher who played Leia is related to the previous character may only by name and connection with Han Solo - from the brave, resolute, self-confident princess now left no shadow. The current Leia is only a sad reminder of the previous character - the cosmic grandmother, the respect to which is shown only because of the past authority.
But, as expected, a new part of "Star Wars" presents a whole bunch of new faces. The main role is played by the young British actor Daisy Ridley, who embodied Rey. The main character Rey is a dreamer who is more inclined to fantasize than to actively pursue her dreams, and her personal challenge is to break through this barrier. Perhaps a somewhat risky decision, taking into account the young age of the actress, but it seems that she succeeded in managing her role, and the charismas available would be enough to further develop this character in the foreseeable parts of the sequel.
Rey is a woman warrior with the stylish ferocity of a kung-fu star. The verve [Ridley] must have been born with plus the skill she must have acquired as a young actress coming up in England", later adding "It's hard to imagine what the movie—and the sequels to come—might have been if they'd cast the wrong person, but here Daisy Ridley is in all her unassuming glory, and all's right with the galaxy - Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal
One can even say that the performance of the young D. Ridley is probably the best of all young actors in this movie.
Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens - Photo credit: disney.wikia.com
Rey will have some impact in a girl power-y way. The character doesn't have to be one thing to embody a woman in a film. It just so happens she's a woman but she transcends gender. She's going to speak to men and women. he's so strong. She's cool and smart and she can look after herself. Young girls can look at her and know that they can wear trousers if they want to. That they don't have to show off their bodies. - Daisy Ridley about her character Rey
The Adam Driver, dressed up by the New Dark Lord suit, plays better with a helmet than without him because as soon as he takes it off, he immediately gets lost and becomes a shabby and miserable young man and dispels even that minimal atmosphere of a similar mood that we felt in the previous "Star Wars ". But his playing is memorable and. Kylo Ren is a lost person who is temporarily trying to be what he does not, but for this purpose, he is determined to do anything. This character, played by Adam Driver, is simply a perfect evil role. And it is first of all because it is not bad for the sake of the evil itself. His rage comes from an internal conflict. Kylo Ren is even more worthy to be called antihero, not an antagonist. Such a character "Star Wars" had not yet had. And that is very good.
The greatest disappointment becomes John Boyek and his so-called FN-2187, or otherwise - Finn. The performance of this actor is not convincing at all - everything is repressed and unnatural. In general, it seems that this character chose the wrong movie because Finn is a typical comedy or parody player.
In addition to the aforementioned characters, the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" introduces a new type BB-8 robot, wise old Maz Kanata with her thousands of years (Lupita Nyong'o), Pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), which can be easily compared to those already seen in previous series parts.
STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS interviews - Ford, Ridley, Boyega, Abrams, Christie, Isaac, Nyong'o
At The Final Note
Cult "Star Wars" has already been recorded in cinema history as one of the most successful cinema projects that have fueled the popularity of science fiction in cinemas. Along with this film, whose first part appeared in 1977, more than one generation has grown with such characters as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Dart Veider.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is the continuation of the cosmic epic, which once again returns viewers to the distant galaxy, and, together with well-known people and with completely new characters, paving the way for a further adventure perspective. The creators of the tape sacrificed originality for the entertainment and their desire to satisfy the massive taste of the viewers, and the feeling of deja vu has accompanied me since the very first episodes of the VII sequel.
At an event for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens - Photo credit: imdb.com
Those who waited for galactic battles and catches, lavish spaceships, and fights with light swords, or just simply missed not only the characters that have long been seen but, in general, all the "Star Wars" Galaxy should not be disappointed.
But it can be also said that the Episode VII does not have even one thing that would screw the movie down substantially. There are many aspects that look weak or could have been made better. They are somewhat annoying, spoiling experience, but even this does not prevent recognition of the fact that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is a good enough movie and a quality sequel. Its creators have done great work by presenting "Star Wars" to the new generation and reminding about it to the old fans.
Although "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" lacks originality, but it is of a high-quality and not completely superficial entertainment. For some people, it may cause nostalgia, and some may only now get involved in the fantasy world that was created by George Lucas in 1977.
On the final note, I want to say that I wrote this review in support of women empowerment. Inequality between women and men is a violation of fundamental rights. Let’s be so strong as women in "Star Wars" that boldly fight with evil forces.
We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already. – J.K. Rowling
WOMEN, LET'S BE BOLD, BE STRONG, BE SMART.
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