I was 9 years old when George Lucas rereleased the original Star Wars trilogy in theaters back in 1996 (this meant I was not old enough yet to see the major change as to who shot first: Han or Greedo). Still, sitting in the second row, that time of watching the original on the big screen is still the best time I had watching any movie on a big screen (I would argue that the Star Wars films are probably the best proof that films are meant for big screens, not pocket sized ones.
I had flashbacks of those feelings while watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is not as great as the originals, but does surely surpass the prequels (which I liked to a degree). The film does bring back old characters we love from the originals, and some new fresh faces too.
I will tread carefully around the plot, as to not give any spoilers (although I realize a lot of readers would have seen this film by now). The movie takes place thirty years after Return of the Jedi. With the Empire gone, a new threat arises called the First order. Their leader is Snoke (the always great Andy Serkis), accompanied by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). They are trying to rule the galaxy, but need to rid it of the one last living Jedi: Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who has disappeared.
They are looking for a droid (BB-8. Note: I am a huge fan of R2-D2, and while BB-8 is pretty cool, he will never pass R2-D2 in my heart. Never.) who may know where Luke is. The droid runs into a former Stormtrooper named Finn (John Boyega) and a deserter named Rey (star in the making Daisy Ridley).
Honestly, I will not go further. I don’t want to spoil a thing. Go into the film knowing as little as possible.
Parents, the film is PG-13, but don’t let that stop you from taking your kids (I doubt they will let you stop you from taking them to see this). There is no sexuality of any kind, only the action and some violence (swearing too, but not much.) It also goes without saying, but they better have seen the orignal films before seeing this one.
I end by saying that they bring a lot of old nostalgia to the film (much thanks should go to director J.J. Abrams) that I will let you discover for yourself. I did not even mention how great it is to know the score is still being done by the living legend that is John Williams.
When you think of it, what Han said at the end of the trailer is true.
Overall: Four and a Half Stars **** 1/2