Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens
First screened in December 2015
Director: J.J. Abrams. Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, Ken Leung, Kiran Shah, Emun Elliott, Brian Vernel, Yayan Yuhian, Greg Grunberg, Anna Brewster, Pip Torrens, Rocky Marshall, Andrew Jack, Harriet Walter, Mark Hamill, voices of Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Anthony Daniels, Brian Herring, Dave Chapman. Screenplay: Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.

Twitter Capsule: Industrial light, sound, color, motion, and magic. Tad overstuffed; choppy at times. But clever, inclusive, fun.

VOR:   The film savvily reprises and recombines inherited conventions and elements. Originality and risk aren't tantamount here, though I do love the eclectic casting.

Photo © 2015 Walt Disney Pictures/Lucasfilm/Bad Robot

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Film Editing: Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey
Best Original Score: John Williams
Best Sound Mixing: Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson
Best Sound Editing: Matthew Wood and David Acord
Best Visual Effects: Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, and Chris Corbould

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