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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Variant Poster

A giant stone face at The Bayon temple in Angkor Thom, Cambodia

Variant movie poster by comic illustrator and graphic designer Ghen Martin

Star Wars The Force Awakens variant poster

A film review by Ghen Martin

Yes, I am going to talk about the new Star Wars movie, the good and the bad things. What do you want to read first? I always prefer the bad news first, just to touch reality, and then, the good news to keep on dreaming.

So, let’s start with the bad stuff and the WARNING FOR THOSE WHO DON’T LIKE SPOILERS: The Force Awakens is a remake of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope or Episode IV, not shot by shot, but almost sequence by sequence. Disney has played smart and let’s say it straight, they cheated to the Force fans who were patiently waiting for a new brand chapter of the most famous sci-fi saga ever made. Why? No risks is the answer. Copy and paste all the things that work right, rename some characters, change their gender and don’t go too far with the plot. All the things they really changed are fully designed for the coming generations of fans that will perpetuate this space opera till the end of the world.

Here comes the good news: we’ve got Star Wars forever! All together, with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Minnie and Daisy. And I confess, I both like Goofy and R2D2. Thank you Disney for hiring a good movie director, J.J. Abrahams has done a great job, because he manages to put the old generation and their children into the same train, a roller coaster that travels safe and sure, without too many surprises, following the script George Lucas wrote thirty eight years ago. And there you go, with a lady who plays Luke Skywalker, a robot ball who heritages R2D2 good humor, and wait, wait, Han Solo is with us, as Princess Leia and Luke as well. History repeats, Star Wars confirms this topic, lending the torch to the new heroes who will take care of the fire for another new generation, with a new melody by John Williams.

I promise I am not being ironic. I watched this movie twice, and the second was much better than the previous time, because I didn’t expect nothing new, so I enjoyed a film well shot, dynamic, where there’s room for the old spirit of the saga, the good breath episodes IV, V and VI had. No over saturated screens where you don’t know where to look at. Mr. Abrahams learnt well his lesson, the one Mr. Lucas spoiled because of having the power of doing everything he wished with digital effects. “Pay attention to the story”, that’s rule number one, then recreate it with a little respect to what you’ve done before. That simple.

So, what’s the real thing for me about this “new” Star Wars movie? We’ve got humor and drama with new and classic characters, and is there a better leitmotif in this epic saga than searching for somebody called Luke Skywalker? Nowhere else, not for a Star Wars fan like me, and that’s where we are, waiting for another new episode where may be they surprise us in the end, because things are not always what they look like.

A giant stone face at The Bayon temple in Angkor Thom, Cambodia

First stage of the drawing process: pencils

A giant stone face at The Bayon temple in Angkor Thom, Cambodia

Second stage of the drawing process: inks