Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
No opening scrolling credits are more recognizable and meaningful in the history of cinema than the one that begins with that phrase. Star Wars has become the very precipice of an example of pop culture immortality. I can go on and on about the cultural significance of it in every which way imaginable, but I won’t.
This is Episode VII. Three years waiting (or 32.) There will be no spoilers in this review, but there will be a lot of exposition and plot details. So let’s do this…It’s been thirty years since the events of Episode VI. Luke Skywalker has not been seen since. The First Order is the new threat against the Resistance. Among them is a young pilot named Poe Dameron. His droid, BB-8, has information of great importance that both sides are desperately trying to get. A map that leads to the presumed whereabouts of Luke Skywalker.
A storm trooper named Finn has a sudden and unexpected change of heart and decides to leave The First Order. He runs into Rey, a young and beautiful scavenger who finds BB-8 on the planet of Jakku. The First Order tracks BB-8 to Jakku and Rey & Finn escape together to become part of the Resistance.
I’ll leave it at that for now. I want to briefly discuss something else specifically. Something that everyone has been obsessing over for the last three years. J.J. Abrams. Abrams directed and wrote this film. This film that will inspire a new generation. This film that could arguably work well as a stand-alone even if no other Star Wars property came before it. This film that has already forever changed the lives of the actors that participated in it and given souls to their characters. Many old favorites are back as well so don’t worry.
“Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” was a lot funnier than I thought it would be. The battle scenes were epic. Both on the ground and especially in the air. Some characters were not what I expected them to be. The entire story went in a direction that I was not expecting it to go. The whole experience of this movie was unexpected. And for that, it was magical. No matter where you are in your geek knowledge of everything Star Wars, this is an absolutely thrilling joyride from first frame to last. I loved it. I want to see it again.The J.J. does not stand for Jar Jar. Well done, sir.