Although it's been at least a week since the movie came out, I'm still going to keep this review spoiler-free.
First thing you should know is that whether you're new to the series or a die-hard fan, you will absolutely love this movie. As you can tell by the score and review title I LOVED it, and I will probably be seeing it again between 'The Revenant', 'The Hateful Eight', and 'Deadpool'. Not sure how many times I will see it, but rest assured, there will be at least a second viewing.
At this point you know who the main characters are and their motives, there's Finn (John Boyega), a Stormtrooper who wants to leave the Empire - now called The First Order -, Rey (Daisy Ridley) a scavenger on the dessert planet called Jakku. They meet up and they have an adventure in the vein of classic 'Star Wars' while butting heads with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
When I first saw these characters I knew what Abrams and co. were trying to do, the development was progressive. Rey's a badass who can look after herself, Finn is trying to find his place in the galaxy and Kylo Ren wants to become the next Darth Vader.
On that note, if you were worried that Kylo Ren was going to be a copy-paste of Darth Vader then put those fears to rest because he is not. Kylo Ren is a great villain, he's intimidating, he has that cool cross-guard lightsaber, and you become more invested with him as the movie progresses. Not only that but he's just as much of an original creation just as much as Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).
Now the only spoiler-ish thing I will say is that Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) aren't that big of characters in the movie. I mean, they're great and all but by the end you're left wishing you saw more of them.
Especially Poe, once you're introduced to him and watch how he acts during the movie, you can tell that he's a likeable guy, and you want to see more of him. If we're going to compare Finn, Rey and Poe to Luke, Leia, and Han, I would say he's a less rogue version of Han. Just pretend that Han Solo wasn't a smuggler and was instead a pilot for the rebellion, that's Poe right there, same charm and same wit.
Speaking of which, Han Solo and Chewbacca are amazing. From the moment you see that "Chewie, we're home" moment it just elevates from there. Han Solo is still the Han Solo we know and love but he has matured in the time that has passed, it's not like it's the exact same guy from 'Return of the Jedi'. Once you see him in action, you believe that this is a guy who has lived 30 years, he has seen some stuff. And the chemistry between Chewie and Han? Let's just say, it may have been three decades since we've last seen the space pirate and the Wookie, but it feels as if they've never left.
One final not I want to make about the characters is the dynamic between Rey and Finn. They click together so well, you wonder if Daisy Ridley and John Boyeaga became best friends while making this movie. When you see them go on this adventure together you're rooting for them and you want to see them take on Kylo Ren together.
That leads onto my next item on the list; the action. Hol. Ley. Crap. It. Is. Amazing. When you see the X-Wings go up against those Tie Fighters you can feel the rush of excitement going through you, lasers everywhere, spaceships dodging left, right, and center. And when Finn and Kylo Ren are having their lightsaber duel, (it's hinted in the trailer, you knew it was going to be the climax of the film, so technically not a spoiler) they're clashing blades and the environment around them is taking a toll. It's all beautiful to behold.
Now onto my sole complaint about the movie, for every question it answers a new one pops up. At the end you're wondering "what's going to happen next?", "what's going to happen to that character?", and so on. It really bothered me at first but then I realized that this is the start of a new trilogy. So whatever questions you'll have now, I guarantee they will be answered in the next two movies.
We were introduced to the legendary saga in the 1970s. We were disappointed by it in the early 2000s. But now, we have a movie that has given one of history's most beloved film series a bright future. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has everything going for it, from the directing, the characters, the story and the action, it's safe to say we can OFFICIALLY call it, 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens'.
May the force be with you.
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