Of course, Neon Reels would be there at midnight ready for the next instalment of the Star Wars franchise. Guys, it’s time to review the big one. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Note: This review is SPOILER FREE, only plot outlines and opinions.
With a movie of this magnitude and level of anticipation, I suppose it’s best I answer the main question first: is it any good? The simple answer is yes. The Force Awakens is by no means perfect but it’s a hell of a lot better than we had feared and certainly better than the prequels.
The Empire has fallen and in its ashes the villainous First Order has been born; the murderous Kylo Ren leads the line as the group push the dark side further across the galaxy. Meanwhile the Resistance, headed by General Leia Organa, are searching for the missing Luke Skywalker. Caught between the factions are scavenger Rey, talented pilot Poe Dameron, exile Finn and loveable droid BB-8.
BB-8 steals the movie. It’s only a droid on a ball but it so perfectly captures what makes The Force Awakens work. That ability to make you believe an inanimate object has a soul with only the use of boops, beeps and simple movements is the perfect example of how JJ Abrams and his crew and recapture the wonder of the original trilogy.
However with that quest to recapture the magic of the original movies, the film does retread a lot of old ground. Perhaps in a similar complaint to Star Trek Into Darkness, JJ Abrams perhaps pays too much fan service and it slows down the movie before the movie before it pushes forward onto the ending.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a worthy addition to the Star Wars franchise, the movie deals well with the amount of baggage presented by the 6 preceding films and the years upon years of yearning on internet message boards. Are you ready to do this all again in 2017?