How excited are you about "Star Wars : The Force Awakens" which premieres in Nigeria this weekend? Is it worth your time? Here's what critics are saying.
Pulse Nigeria recently presented you with Twitter reaction to the much anticipated JJ Abrams' "Star Wars : The Force Awakens," which premiered on Monday, December 14, 2015.
Now critics are releasing their reviews of the movie which debuts this Friday, December 18, 2015.
Check out the reviews;
“Despite the prerelease hype, it won’t save the world, not even Hollywood, but it seamlessly balances cozy favorites – Harrison Ford, ladies and gentlemen – and new kinetic wows along with some of the niceties that went missing as the series grew into a phenomenon, most crucially a scale and a sensibility that is rooted in the human" - Washington Post.
“The action is nearly non-stop, as is the humor, which kicks into gear when Han Solo (Harrison Ford) finally shows up. Ford is in his element – delightful, energetic, funny, brash and fully Han, bantering with Chewie and everyone with the same verve he showed nearly 40 years ago" - Associated Press.
"I'll confess to crying three times during the film: once during Rey and Finn's escape from Jakku, when I realised that Star Wars was in safe hands, again during one particular Kylo Ren scene which I've gone out of my way not to describe, and also during the climactic lightsaber duel, framed by frozen trees and illuminated by flares of red and blue electricity - which I suspect, on an initial watch, might be the most thrilling battle of its kind to date." - The Telegraph.
"In the end, Star Wars: The Force Awakens feels like the work of a very capable student, one who has studied his subject so diligently and thoroughly that he knows what to do and what to avoid, is smart enough to have engaged one of the experts in the field, in this case Kasdan, to work on the blueprint, and to have ensured that another of the key contributor to the series' success, John Williams, would return again after all the years," The Hollywood Reporter.
“The film is at its best in its first 40 minutes, before the classic cast returns, and the new stars get to strut their stuff. Although Star Wars has always been about the past, The Force Awakens is ironically at its best when it looks the future," Screencrush.
"Risking heresy, it’s worth noting that Abrams actually did smarter, more inventive work on his 2009 reboot of Star Trek, no doubt in part because he was working with a less heavily guarded enterprise. Star Wars, at once a cultural juggernaut and a sacrosanct institution, resists any attempt to reimagine its landscape too aggressively or imaginatively; that may be to the detriment of this diverting first effort, but Abrams has more than stoked our anticipation for what his successors may have up their sleeves," - Variety.
“The hype is strong with this one, but brace yourself: The Force Awakens does have flaws. It’s a little hokey in parts and at times distractingly self-referential, but that itself speaks to the nature of the material. Much as Abrams’ Super 8 worshipped at the alter of Spielbergian sci-fi, The Force Awakens shows deep reverence for the first trilogy – even if it can’t duplicate its strengths,” - The Indiwire.
Starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow, the upcoming film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens " releases in Nigeria theatres on Friday, December 18, 2015, and in S.A. theaters on December 16, 2015.
Watch a "Star Wars" TV spot below;