Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Spoiler-free)

“A long time a go in a galaxy far far away…”

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Right at that moment i felt that i was home again, i had tears of joy in my eyes already when the Lucasfilm-logo showed up and it sure was one of my all-time favorite theater-experiences. If not THE best movie-experience I’ve had in years.

Performances and actors

First of i wan’t to say bravo and congratulations to J.J Abrams who directed this movie and it really shows how much of a Star Wars-fan he is. From small obscure details to scenes that pays tribute to previous movies in the saga (particularly the original trilogy). We have Han Solo , Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker back in this movie with new faces such as Ray (Daisy Ridley), Finn, (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and these new characters are welcome additions to the Star Wars-franchise i really enjoyed and was bought into the chemistry between Rey and Finn. It felt genuine (not like the stale performances in the prequels), that goes to everyone in this movie. All of them brought their A-game and we will see more of John Boyega and Daisy Ridley in the future. Mark my words.

Special effects and production values:

The special-effects were specatular and they perfectly blended practical stuff with CGI and not like the prequels where most of the environments and many characters were CGI. But there is one short scene that felt a little bit out of place. And the soundtrack was fantastic, some tracks was re-used from the original trilogy but it didn’t matter – it hit the right emotional and nostalgic spots for me.

This is a hard piece to write because i don’t want to spoil anything for you who haven’t seen the movie yet, but there are some shocking moments that i’m still thinking about 3 days later (i saw it on friday in IMAX 3D, my first IMAX-experience and our only IMAX-screen here in Sweden).

To sum it up.

The prequels is just a vague memory.

The force was very strong in “The Force Awakens”. And i got ‘A New Hope’ for the Star Wars-saga.

I will give it a score of 9,7 of 10.

 

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Editorial: No, The Batman v Superman Trailer didn’t show to much

Around a week ago, a new trailer for the uppcoming Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice released together with Jimmey Kimmel (seriously what is it with him and getting every big trailer?…  anyway).. The reactions of it, is split to say the least. Some loved it, others says it ruined the whole movie.

The trailer is just basically the synopsis in action. How people that follow this movie says that they spoil everything in the movie (which it clearly does not) when they have read the synopsis is a headscratcher! The only thing that the trailer spoiled is Doomsday. And is that really something to be spoiled at the moment, with all the reports that has been done for months?

There is still tons of question that hasn’t been answered.

1. Where is Aquaman? (Which is confirmed to have a cameo with Jason Momoa playing him)
2. Who is Jena Malone playing (is she even in this movie)?
3. Who is Scoot McNairy playing?
4. Why is Wonder Woman there (she is in the party for instance that is shown in the start of the trailer, she isn’t just magically appearing at the fight)
5. Where is Vic Stone? Will he become Cyborg in this?
6. What about the bandage on Lex hand?
7. When and how will he become bald?
8. Will we see the mechsuit for instance?
9. Why the *beep* is Superman behind him when he says “The Devil will do it”?
10. How will they fight Doomsday?
11. Will Doomsday kill Superman in this? And if so, will Superman come back in the same movie?
12. Is Flash going to have a cameo, and if so where is he?
13. WTF happend to Wayne Manner?
14. Is Aquaman causing the flood?

I could go on.

Avengers Trailer 2, Avengers Age of Ultron trailer 2 (and 3) and Winter Soldier trailer 2 spoiled a  ton of stuff as well. You see several big moneyshots in the Avenger trailer 2. You see the end fight in Avegers Age of Ultron trailer (as well as the big fight between hulk and iron man which is the best part of the movie), you see every big action scene AND Winter soldiers face in the Winter Solider trailer 2. And no one seems to complain about that… Not to mention the Star wars the force awakens poster which spoiled a certain famous plot device that every Star Wars fans is familiar with.

But then again, fans no matter what fan-base seems to have selective memory and only remember what they want to remember.

If you don’t believe me, check the links below

I just like the line that’s all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIR8Ar-Z4hw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAUoeqvedMo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SlILk2WMTI

If there is something i agree on however, then it is the fact that it is a bit clunky edited in the end (it could just have ended with the roar our the bodyshot of Doomsday and it would been perfectly fine), if you really think about this trailer was for the casuals. The housewife’s, the grandparents. Everyone that is not in to comicbooks like we sweaty nerds are. The one’s that is the majority of moviegoers and has questioned why are they fighting because they are both meant to be good guys and haven’t want to see this because of that sheer fact. The classic “Superman could just kill him in one sec so what’s the point” argument.

I think Armin from Comicbookcast on Youtube said it the best.  In a way, DC was the one that needed to show the cards so to say, because unlike the Captain America Civil War trailer (that obviously had a ton of moneyshots as well) this trailer is the one that will be analyzed to pieces.

In cause you’re a one that shouting
“Batman never uses a gun”

It was basically… If you give us you’re money you will get this and this and this… And if they had shown to little, the same people had said… They are not showing enough… they are scared about the movie like Fox was with fantastic four (which basically had the same trailers all over all the time with some of the footage not even in the movie) It was a dammed if you do dammed if you don’t. And if they hadn’t shown Lex and Doomsday, they would also been accused for false marketing by the same fans that claims that they show to much.

Rumor: ‘Justice League Dark’ To Start Filming In 2016

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This is a project that have been rumored for years, but now it seems like Warner Bros is pushing this production forward and according to The Tracking Board it will start filming in 2016 with Scott Rudin as director with Guillermo Del Toro as a producer (who have been the biggest supporter for this movie).

It will reportedly co-exist with the regular Justice League in the same way Guardians of the Galaxy co-exist with The Avengers.

The ‘Justice League Dark’ consists of mystical and magical characters from the DC-universe such as John Constantine (Who now is a guest-star on Arrow played by Matt Ryan), Zatanna, Dr Fate, Swamp Thing, Deadman and The Spectre to name a few.

There is no release date for the movie at this moment.

//Markus Mattila

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Empire Magazine Cover Reveals New Look At Jared Leto’s Joker

We are now less than a year away from the release of DC and Warner Bros adaptation of the Suicide Squad and it seems like they are starting their marketing campaign. The cover of the next issue of Empire Magazine showcases a new look at The Joker from Suicide Squad played by Jared Leto – Check it out below!

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The cane is a nice throwback to the older comics and the purple leather-coat looks very good.

What’s your opinion? Please comment down below!

//Markus Mattila

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Ant-Man Sequel Announced For a 2018 Release

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With the latest MCU-film making a lot of money despite being an unknown property we today got the announcement that there will be a sequel!

Marvel Studios have announced that the sequel to this years Marvel-hit Ant-man will be released July 6, 2018 and will have the title: Ant-Man and The Wasp. 

Will keep you updated!

//Markus Mattila

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NYCC: Lex Corp Announcement Video And Website Released

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Warner Bros Entertainment and DC Entertainment seem to have been shifting gears with the marketing of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice because they released a “Lex/OS” announcement video, in the style of something like Apple would present. You can watch it below:

They have also launched a website for LexCorp with the same message as the video but with: “We’ve got a lot to show you – Winter 2015”.

We will keep you updated.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit theaters 25 March, 2016

//Markus Mattila

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NYCC: New Batman v Superman Merchandise Unveiled at – “Nightmare Batman” Statue Revealed

With New York Comic-Con in full swing, we are now getting some pictures from the showfloor that the crew of Comicbook.com have published and in this case: pictures of hats and actionfigures! Check it out below:

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Nightmare Batman? Hmm.
Nightmare Batman? Hmm.

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Wonder Woman themed hat!
Wonder Woman themed hat!
Lex Luthor.
Lex Luthor.

The thing that caught my eye was the “Nightmare Batman” figure wish seemingly confirms the rumor about that scene in the Comic-Con trailer being a dream-sequence.

I’ll keep you updated through-out this convention!

//Markus Mattila 

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