10 years ago was the last time that Star Wars was ever in a theater…
So, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was announced and with JJ Abrams is directing it. There was a lot of trepidation and concern since the prequels…and we all knew how that turned out.
I saw this yesterday after going on a social media blackout trying to dodge spoilers like bullets in the Matrix.
Whatever fears or concerns I had going in were quickly erased as soon as I saw these familiar words:
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
That iconic John Williams score blaring through the speakers and I was in like Flynn. Episode VII takes place 30 years after the events of Return of The Jedi. Luke Skywalker has gone into seclusion and the fight for galactic freedom still rages on between the Resistance and The First Order.
Let me tell you, seeing Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher on screen again was awesome. While the old favorites return, it’s the new blood that deliver the goods, Daisy Ridley delivers a standout performance as Rey (sidebar: expect to see a lot more of her going forward), a smuggler who’s bound for something greater. John Boyega is fantastic as Finn, a former Stormtrooper who’s become disenchanted by the First Order’s MO. Adam Driver is also terrific as Kylo Ren, A Sith lord who’s stuck under the shadow of Darth Vader.
Episode VII, tonally, is akin to A New Hope. There’s a confidence and a sense of fun that the prequels lacked. I couldn’t stop grinning when Han and Chewie were in a scene together and the writing had me giggling whenever there were callbacks to the original trilogy (“You got a trash compactor?”) Abrams nailed a perfect balance between the old and new and there are easter eggs scattered around the film. Good luck finding them all.
The action set-pieces are phenomenal, Abrams has a keen eye for visuals and it’s in spades in The Force Awakens. I would’ve loved to see more lightsaber battles.
JJ Abrams did the impossible, he made a Star Wars film that paves a new direction for the series while paying homage to the originals. This is a film for anyone who loves films has to see. It’s phenomenal. Do two things before seeing it: 1. Go on a social media blackout and 2. Enjoy this movie. It’s worthy of the Star Wars name.
May the Force Be With You.