The wait is over. Disney acquired Lucasfilm three years ago, with plans to get the Star Wars saga back up and running. Fast forward to this year. We got that wonderful teaser, “Chewie, we’re home.” Monday Night Football, we got a brilliantly put together full length trailer, “Who are you? I’m no one.” So many great lines in the little footage we got to see leading to this momentous occasion. Tickets are flying through the box office, 125 million dollars to date in pre sales. No surprise that is a record. The blend of a new cast of characters: Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Issac), and big baddie Kylo Renn (Adam Driver), with a familiar group of rebels Han, Luke, and Leia are all back in this seventh installment set 30 years after Return of the Jedi. Can the man that brought Star Trek back to the big screen, JJ Abrams, do the same in a Galaxy Far Far Away?
Wow. Star Wars is back. Finally after all these years we’ve returned to a galaxy far far away. J.J. Abrams shoots this movie beautifully. Every shot is a sight to behold. You find yourself not being able to take your eyes off the screen. The script written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan is brilliant. All of our new characters have purpose and are flushed out while on their journey.
Abrams gets great performances from the whole cast. New comers Ridley, Issac, and Boyega are all extremely likable. Right off the bat you feel like you’re going to love them all. Seeing them interact with the old cast, Han, Leia, and Chewie is just spectacular. Ford and Boyega have great chemistry. Some of the lines are pretty funny. The movie as a whole has some huge laughs, but it doesn’t really take you out of the movie.
Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) was superb as the films big baddie. Menacing, intimidating, and deeply layered. Driver brought all the necessary elements to be a mainstay in this franchise.
BB-8 is the cutest droid of all time, he has some spunk, but his comedy hits hard. There’s a scene with Finn and BB-8 that is hysterical.
You can’t bring up Star Wars and not bring up John Williams score. Wow. Every scene is brilliantly composed, I’d go back and listen to this score.
The story flows, you never feel yourself being bored or wanting it to move to the next scene. You’re in every moment.
I wish I hand an ill thing to say about this movie without spoiling it. It does feel like the original trilogy crammed into two hours. Is that necessarily bad? No. I still loved every second of it. When it ends, you want to fast forward to Episode VIII. That feeling of longing as to what comes next is what film is about.