“Last trailers and movie commentary (no spoilers)”
Victory Class Woman adds her final comments before you see the Movie:
December 19, 2015
I will start with an important tweet by Mark Hamill: https://twitter.com/HamillHimself/status/677185970987515904
“Don’t pull a Homer, keep the secrets!”
The Chinese trailer is here, with an introduction by K-pop star Lu Han: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crcBXyVJAi4
Lu Han, by the way, is China’s Star Wars ambassador: http://deadline.com/2015/12/lu-han-star-wars-china-ambassador-kung-fu-panda-3-video-1201650516/
If you want to see Japanese subtitles, here is the international trailer released in November: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdAUiyeJMFQ
For parents and sensitive people undecided about watching The Force Awakens, the official MPAA rating is PG-13 in the United States due vaguely to “science fiction violence” only, however I wouldn’t say it was any more violent or intense than, say, Empire Strikes back — and definitely not as much as Revenge of the Sith, which was the only other PG-13. However I can’t really disagree, the movie definitely has its frightening, dark, and even bloody moments. According to IMDB, ratings in other countries are M in Australia (recommended for 15 years and above), 12A in Ireland and the United Kingdom (12 and above), and U in France (unrestricted). The following link has a longer list of countries, but beware there are mild spoilers because of the descriptions of certain scenes (though no character is specified)! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2488496/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg#certification
Otherwise, here are a couple of articles that are worth mentioning:
Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, the chrome trooper and first female Star Wars villain: http://www.ew.com/article/2015/10/30/star-wars-force-awakens-gwendoline-christie-captain-phasma-woman
Five things Hollywood blockbusters can learn from The Force Awakens: https://uk.movies.yahoo.com/post/135393512666/star-wars-the-force-awakens-five-things
Because Yahoo links seem to get broken often, these are the five things:
1. Always start with strong characters;
2. Practical effects always look better;
3. Embrace the fun;
4. There’s no need to shoehorn in romance;
5. It’s possible to set up sequels without short-changing audiences.
This was a big week for Star Wars, and the actors and filmmakers were quite busy at each premiere event. It’s fun to comb their respective twitter accounts for tidbits:
Here is a nice picture of Peter Mayhew and Anthony Daniels (Chewbacca and C-3PO) at the world premiere: https://twitter.com/TheWookieeRoars/status/676566876676210693
John Boyega was cool enough to surprise an audience in New York: https://twitter.com/DisneyStudios/status/678088956156645376
Lastly, Esquire wrote an insightful article on J.J. Abrams starting on page 134 of its print edition (December/January 2015/2016, v. 164 no. 5, not yet available online): J.J. Abrams “is not just reanimating Star Wars. He is what Star Wars begot.” I will say that Abrams clearly remembers the same little things about the original trilogy that we remember, and he used them to at least try to make the first sequel great. There is a lot of disagreement on how successful he was, but that’s a topic for a future update. Suffice to say I am grateful.
I hope to soon share some of the best reviews of the movie as well as my own, plus some bits of news that is already available about Rogue One and Episode Eight.