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Life Arts    H4'ed 12/19/15

Star Wars; The Force Awakens No Spoilers Review

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I caught a noon showing of the new Star Wars movie today. I was shocked to see the megatheater parking lot filled on a Friday afternoon.
The movie delivered.
It has a feel like the first Star Wars from 1977. I took my 26 year old son with me and as we sat down, I realized I watched that first Star Wars when I was 26.
One by one, actors from the original Star Wars made their first appearance. As each one day, applause would erupt from the audience. It almost seems like Alec Guinness is back, but no, it's another great elder actor.
But it's not just the actors. Some of the technology also brings applause. You'll see.
For me, seeing the actors, thirty-six years after I first got to know them, was like seeing old friends again. Once or twice it literally brought me to tears. I know. I'm a wuss. And several times it give me chills. How many movies can you see where you met the characters close to 40 years ago. Even my son, at 26, probably saw the first Star Wars by the time he was ten or eleven. After all, i tried to give him a decent cultural education (his first rock concert was Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood.)
The movie has some CGI, but not too much, a good thing, because it feels like Emmy and Oscar award winning director J.J. Abrams attempted to keep the feel of the movie similar to the original.
There's a real story, character development and great action. Since it's been mentioned a lot, I don't think it's a spoiler to report that there's a decent cantina scene. There are bad guys and then really bad guys-- The First Order-- looking just like the original storm troopers. Not surprisingly, considering this was created by Disney, there's no real political message to this.
Scenes were shot in England, Iceland, Abu Dabi and Ireland.
If you want all the details, here's the link to the Wikipedia page and to the IMDB page.
Bottom-line, I rate this a nine-- a really great, riveting movie that not only entertained, but also touched my emotions. See it. If you liked the original, this one will be satisfying.

 

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization (more...)
 

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