Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Credit: Lucasfilm Ltd.

Credit: Lucasfilm Ltd.

That. Was. EPIC!

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is probably the most anticipated movie of the entire decade. Jurassic World was big, but the hype around that was nothing compared with the revival of Star Wars. Not only was it a massive event, but people were actually expecting it to be good because it was directed not by creator George Lucas, but by J. J. Abrams of Lost and Star Trek fame.

Better still, many fans were pleased to learn that Disney didn’t want George Lucas involved in the new movie at all. That could only improve the series; he’d botched the prequel trilogy so badly. Honestly, as a writer, I have to conclude that George Lucas isn’t all that good a writer, and the prequels were so underwhelming that even with the long-running Clone Wars series, many fans despaired of ever getting an Episode VII at all, much less a good one. And I don’t think J. J. Abrams is perfect either. I didn’t like Star Trek Into Darkness, and I was skeptical of giving the same man power over both Star Trek and Star Wars. But I still went into Star Wars: The Force Awakens with my expectations high, and it rose to meet them.

Say it with me. That. Was. EPIC!

The Force Awakens is the best movie of the entire series, hands down. The writing is better. The acting is better. The editing is much better. (Both the original and the prequel trilogies, I thought the editing was too choppy. The Force Awakens fixes that.) It gives us unforgettable characters and a classic hero’s journey with a twist: two heroes–both coming from humble beginnings (albeit in very different ways) before being thrust into the thick of things and rising to the challenge and saving the galaxy.

And there’s no Jar Jar. Not even an evil one. What more do you need?

My rating: 5 out of 5.

May the Force be with you.

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About Alex R. Howe

I'm a full-time astrophysicist and a part-time science fiction writer.
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