By: Maya Vemulapalli
Even weeks after its worldwide premiere, fans continue raging about the long-awaited Star Wars installment Star Wars: The Force Awakens, released a lengthy 10 years after the latest episode.
Social media, including Instagram and Twitter, continue to blow up, with fans also taking to Snapchat to capture the film’s opening scroll and triumphant soundtrack as they view the film, seated in theaters across the world.
With an exchange in directors, George Lucas’s absence was fulfilled by extraordinary Hollywood director J.J. Abrams.
Besides the numerous behind-the-scenes changes that occurred in the process of producing this action-packed futuristic film, a variety of onscreen changes were made as well.
With the return of many familiar faces, including Harrison Ford as Han Solo and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, there are also many new faces to this intergalactic film’s cast.
The cast’s newest and most prominent additions include the stunning Daisy Ridley as the film’s main protagonist Rey, as well as John Boyega who portrays Rey’s ex-stormtrooper ally in her mission to find Luke Skywalker, and once again defeat the Dark Side.
Personifying the Dark Side is Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver), who serves as the movie’s new menace who wishes to live up to the tyrannical reputation of the defeated Darth Vader.
Ridley and Boyega, who have both made an appearance on The Graham Norton Show since the movie’s release, have quickly become accepted into the Star Wars fandom and are now attracting fame across the world.
Other notable actors include Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, 12 Years a Slave Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, and Lord of the Rings actor Andy Serkis as Snoke.
Even ex-Machina actors Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac made appearances in the movie as General Hux and Poe Dameron respectively.
Accompanying the film’s incredibly talented cast were award-winning cinematographers and special effect artists who once against brought the Star Wars universe to life, this time in even higher visual and audio quality.
This box office hit, reaching $1.5 billion just days ago, had childhood fanatics everywhere saluting J.J. Abrams for preserving the universe that George Lucas had created for them whilst still maintaining a livened plot and refreshing cast.
Overall, fans have deemed this seventh Star Wars episode an absolute success, and many are readily awaiting the next film’s predicted release in 2017.
Fun Fact: According to theguardian.com, “Due to an ill-timed sneeze on Friday 13 November 2015, a film editor in Los Angeles, California accidentally permanently deleted the middle third of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”