Spoiler Free! It’s better than you can imagine: A Review of The Force Awakens

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On Thursday, December 17 at 7:15 PM my mind was blown. I was able to see Star Wars, The Force Awakens with 270 of my closest friends as we had rented out the entire theater. With my family by my side, I was able to experience again the joy and awe of a Star Wars premiere just as I had done so with my own father in 1977. It was pure joy to have my son lean over during the movie and whisper “Daddy, this is amazing!!!” I thought seeing Star Wars in 1977 would be a once-in-a-lifetime and never to be repeated experience. I was wrong.[mks_pullquote align=”right” width=”300″ size=”24″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#000000″]“Daddy, this is amazing!!!” – Maddox Gaskill, age 10[/mks_pullquote]

The Force Awakens is truly a masterpiece. J. J. Abrams was able to re-create the humor and one-liners from the original trilogy and combined that campiness with a plot and characters that leave you emotional and dying for more. Abrams also created a tempo in the film allowing for intense action sequences followed by a period of rest which allows the audience to recover but keeps you invested in the film.

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As an ultimate fan, I walked into the theater excited but also somewhat fearful. I remember seeing Poe’s black X-wing fighter in the Lego store thinking, “there’s no way I will get into that character and that Lego set looks kind of stupid.” This afternoon I will be buying that black X-wing fighter. The cast of this film is truly amazing and the performances are perfect. Poe made me believe in his story and cheer for him. J. J. Abrams cast convinced us to care for them, to believe in their purpose, and built a chemistry rivaling that of all the other Star Wars films.

[mks_pullquote align=”left” width=”300″ size=”24″ bg_color=”#000000″ txt_color=”#ffffff”]”This is the Star Wars you were looking for.”[/mks_pullquote]The Force Awakens is not a film about special effects. This is a film about fathers and sons, and in one fell swoop, both metaphorically and literally, J. J. Abrams wiped out Episodes I, II, and III. Abrams, as he did with Star Trek, is reverently taking the Star Wars legend into uncharted and exciting territory. This film will further cement Star Wars as a permanent fixture in human culture. This is the Star Wars you were looking for.

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