ByDevin Howard, writer at

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in October of 2012, Many generations of fans from all walks of life did not know what to think. Would the beloved franchise ever return to its roots of childhood fascination and astonishment or would it be a merchandise selling machine with no resemblance of former glory. As a life long fan and film enthusiast, I was eager to see a Star Wars film with J.J. Abrams at the helm. While his previous incarnations such as the Star Trek films left a bitter taste in my mouth, I remained optimistic and hopeful in Abrams ability to tell a story. From the opening title crawl to the ending credits something strange happened to me. I was a kid again and I was filled with that same wonder and awe as before. John Williams returns with a powerful score full of emotion and drama. The cast was nothing short of incredible. J.J. Abrams plucked Daisy Ridley and John Boyega from obscurity and on the largest stage the could ever imagine and they both took the opportunity of a lifetime and ran with it. Their on camera chemistry was so natural and that is so difficult for any actor or actress to perfect of any age much less ones the age of Ridley and Boyega respectively. Adam Driver's portrayal as the emotionally conflicted Kylo Ryen was very well done. I felt like his performance justifies the traits and actions of Anakin Skywalker in the Prequel Trilogy. Harrison Ford brought a new found energy to the set that I previously perceived to be no longer existent. The plot of the film mirrors that of A New Hope, which is both good and bad. I find that its familiarity to the past to be tasteful and presents a good feeling of nostalgia, however I wish that Disney and J.J. took more of a risk and developed a more original screenplay. I must give praise the film's set and costume design. I found it to be a good blend of existing elements with fresh perspectives. Sound design and editing were top notch as I have come to expect from the series. J.J. Abrams delivers and sets the table for the saga to return to prominence and critical acclaim. I am filled with ever growing anticipation to see where Rian Johnson takes Star Wars: Episode VIII. A solid 8/10


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