Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It’s 12:45 AM and I have just seen the new Star Wars movie.

So, what’s it like?

First off, The Force Awakens will not bore you. The dialog sequences are short, but not too short. There are many funny lines, but not too many. The characters get serious, but not too serious. It’s exciting, and you will eat a lot of popcorn.

The prequels didn’t feel like Star Wars. This movie feels like Star Wars. It’s a convincing continuation of the Star Wars saga. J. J. Abrams is a better George Lucas imitator than George Lucas was.

A few characters feel out of place, mostly the new ones, in the sense that they could be characters in a contemporary Science Fiction or Fantasy movie and are somewhat deficient in the charisma department. It doesn’t detract too much from this particular movie, because the old cast is there to support them. But I don’t know if I would’ve liked this movie as much without Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in it, and there’s a chance they won’t be there in the rest of the trilogy.

If you love Star Wars, this film is probably what you’ve been waiting for. I rate it a 4 out of 5. It’s not deep, and it won’t blow your mind, or challenge you in any way, which is what I reserve my top score for, but it does exactly what a Star Wars film is supposed to do. If you liked the original trilogy, I recommend that you watch this movie.

Update: Some people are calling it a remake of A New Hope. While there are several plot similarities, it’s definitely not a remake. Other people are saying good things about the new characters. To me, they just seem a bit bland.