Whether or not you’re a Star Wars fan, The Force Awakens is a phenomenon. The amount of attention it’s gotten, the publicity, and yes, the excitement from those of us that love the worlds of Star Wars (yep, I’m one) is an amazing thing to watch or, better yet, be part of. This is my spoiler-free review now that I’ve finally gotten to see it.
To fans of the original movies– it’s great. I think it’s just as good as the first few. I’ve just gotten home as I write this and I’d already like to see it again. The action, the effects, the characters, the worlds are all there. X-Wings and TIE fighters soar, lightsabers hum, and blasters fire. The First Order is the new incarnation of the Empire, and they are suitably evil and ruthless.
People have made a big enough deal about spoilers that you know SOMETHING happens that’s pretty major. It does. It made sense, it was a shocking development, and fans will be discussing it for a long time. Actually, there were several surprises, but there’s one big one that I’m not-quite-talking about here.
Given how much I’m trying to avoid spoilers, I’m not quite sure how much more I can say. I loved it. It felt like Star Wars to me. While I didn’t hate the “prequels” as much as many did, I didn’t love them. The Force Awakens is much better than they were.
I liked the new characters. They were good additions to the Star Wars mythos. There was the combination of comedy and action I have come to expect from this universe. It was nice seeing the old favorites, and they were true to character.
I only have one complaint, and it’s more of a general concept than specific to the movie itself. There were decades of books that became what was referred to as the “Expanded Universe.” In those books, so much time has passed that children of the original characters have become important parts of the newer stories. When Disney bought Lucasfilm, they announced that all those stories were going to be ignored in their new projects. While I get why they’d want to do that, there were some great stories in those books, and I’m sorry they’re no longer canon.
I think The Force Awakens should appeal to Star Wars fans. I also think it’s done well enough that people who have never seen anything about Star Wars (I presume there are people like that, although I don’t think I know any of them) should be able to appreciate it, too. It was a great ride that hit all the notes I wanted for a new chapter of the saga.
I strongly recommend it and give it my rare 5 out of 5 stars.