It’s been fifteen years since the last “Star Wars” movie and, let’s face it, more like thirty-two since the last really good one, but “The Force Awakens” more than makes up for lost time.
The JJ Abrams-directed film is a “Star Wars” movie through and through, with all the adventure, fun, good vs. evil archetypes, adorable droids and characters to relaunch the franchise successfully for an all new generation.
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are all back, mostly for the nostalgia factor for longtime fans, but it’s really the newcomers’ show this time around. Daisy Ridley’s Rey and John Boyega’s Finn are worthy successors to the original characters, with overflowing pluck, charisma and chemistry, aided by the scene-stealing BB-8, who’s already been setting audience’s hearts aflutter for months and does not disappoint in his big screen debut.
Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron and Domhnall Gleeson as the villainous General Hux are slightly more under-utilized, but Adam Driver as the new big bad Kylo Ren is a worthy opponent for the new trilogy’s new protagonists, a more modern if slightly less intimidating Darth Vader-type. But, of course, there are still two movies left in this trilogy.
Surprises and revelations abound, making spoilers probably hard to avoid but worth the effort. Many moments will make audiences – especially the ones who are already fans – gasp and cheer, and likely make new fans out of the rest.