Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Everything you want to know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Awaken the Force inside me

Let me answer the following frequently asked questions about Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TFA) the best I can without revealing too much.

Q: Where is the best cinema to watch TFA?
A: Some scenes in the movie was shot using 70mm IMAX cameras. I would recommend to watch it in IMAX 3D. Please note that although TFA (at least a few scenes of it) was filmed using IMAX, the movie was not shot using IMAX 3D cameras. If you don't fancy 3D, then the next best one has to be GV Max with its 22.4m wide screen, one of the widest screens in Asia.

Q: Is Finn a Jedi?
A: No. He is a Stormtrooper who decided being the bad guy is not his thing and ends up with the good guys.

Q: Finn is holding the famed Anakin/Luke Skywalker lightsaber. Is he Luke's son?
A:  Just because one is shown using the lightsaber, doesn't mean he is a Jedi or Luke's son. FYI in TFA, Anakin/Luke's lightsaber was used by more than one person.

Q: Are there Jedis and Siths in TFA?
A: TFA happened some 30 years or so after Return Of The Jedi. And the Siths are no longer around after Darth Vader and the Emperor were killed in Return Of The Jedi. There are bad guys in TFA. Some who are strong in the Dark Side but they are not Sith Lords. The remaining Jedi is Luke.

Q: Is Luke a bad guy in TFA?
A: No. And he is not Kylo Ren.

Q: Will someone die in TFA?
A: Someone important always die in the beginning of the original Star Wars trilogy and the prequels. Obi Wan in New Hope and Qui-Gon in Phantom Menace. The same will happen in TFA.

Q: Is Luke in TFA?
A: Yes Luke Skywalker is in the movie but those of you who are watching TFA because of Luke, you will be disappointed because he has very little screen time.

Q: Will we meet the new Skywalker?
A: Star Wars has always been a Skywalker family movie. The original trilogy is about Luke. The prequels is about his dad Anakin. And TFA and the next two movies will be about the new Skywalker family member.

Q: Are Kylo Ren and Rey both twins?
A:  No.

Q: Why is Kylo Ren's lightsaber so unstable and strange?
A: His lightsaber is an ancient design and the cracked Kyber crystal he uses is the cause of the ragged and unstable appearance of his lightsaber.

Q: What's the deal with BB-8?
A: BB-8 plays the important droid role that R2-D2 played in Star Wars: A New Hope. He is Poe Dameron's droid and sits on his X-Wing.

Q: Is there a post credits scene like they did in those Marvel movies?
A: No mid credits or post credits scene in TFA.

Q: Is Darth Vader back?
A: Vader died at the end of Return Of The Jedi. Vader's burnt mask is in the movie. It is part of Kylo Ren's collection.

Q: Will we see everything we saw in the trailers appear in the movie?
A: There are few scenes shown in the trailers that did not make it to the final cut of TFA.

Q: Did Disney do the right thing in getting JJ Abrams to helm the movie?
A: I think JJ did a great job on TFA. Some of the shots are visually spectacular. The casting is spot on. There were some good acting in TFA. The dialogues are good and not as cheesy as the older Star Wars movies but TFA is not a perfect film. But then again, no Star Wars film is perfect. Hardcore Star Wars fans would want much more from TFA but hopefully we will get more from the next episode.

Q: Can someone who has never watch Star Wars enjoy TFA?
A: It helps if you know a bit of what happened in Episodes 1 to 6 but TFA is very friendly towards newbies.

Q: How do you compare TFA with all the previous Star Wars movies?
A: I would say TFA is like a rebooted/remade Star Wars: A New Hope which is not a bad thing. 

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