(Note: This review will contain no spoilers whatsoever! You're welcome!)
My initial thought on The Force Awakens doesn't even serve it justice. I feel very strong for Star Wars as a whole, but this film was outstanding to me. It brought more than a few tears to my eyes, for reasons one could never explain.
While many would argue this film's plot is very similar to the original Star Wars (1977), for me, this seems brand new, while simply referencing the original film, which works wonderfully for this specific franchise.
Newcomers Rey, Finn, Poe, Kylo Ren, and BB-8 blend perfectly with old favorites such as Han Solo and Chewbacca. The new characters welcome a brand new generation of heroes that the young movie-goers can relate to, while their parents, whom grew up with the likes of Luke and Leia, will be more than proud to see their old favorites once again on the silver-screen.
While backing down to the overly-popular CGI (Computer Generated Imagery), as much as possible, J.J Abrams uses what fans found so magical with the original films: real-life effects. The movie deserves to be watched in IMAX 16 millimeter film for the full movie-goer experience.
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, and Oscar Issac all deserve mentions when it comes to what makes this film so enjoyable. Their takes on the SW universe are so believable and fresh. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and (spoiler alert) Mark Hamill all return to their famous roles and present them so wonderfully.