REVIEW: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What's it REALLY like?

The moment ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ begins, your hairs, if not your light sabre, will stand on end.  The opening bars to the infamous music, the naff but brilliant introductory titles, the token pan down from the stars as the first scene opens… this is cinematic magic. 

 

We went into the film having intentionally read nothing about it, and I’ll be upfront now – I haven’t seen the previous three Star Wars movies (Phantom Menace etc) and nor have I watched the originals since my childhood.  So, despite not being a Star Wars fanatic, I was still brimming with excitement – and hope – that this film wasn’t going to be a let down.  And trust me when I say it’s not.

My memories of Star Wars movies are mixed, the action scenes with spaceships firing lazers are unforgettable but I’ve always had in my mind that the films were in part, quite slow, difficult to follow and in some parts, boring.  This is not the case for The Force Awakens.  Knowing the disappointment of the prequels, JJ Abrams has made this movie for the fans.  The script is fantastic, with sharp one liners (mostly from Harrison Ford in the direction of Chewbacca), nods to the past (oh hello Princess Leia, nice new haircut love!) and the return of the Millennium Falcon. 

We don’t want to say to much about the plot details but in a nutshell, Luke Skywalker has vanished and a droid called BB-8 holds the secret to where he is.  BB-8 befriends Rey, a sassy scavenger on the planet Jakku and she, together with a rogue Stormtrooper (Finn) set about finding Luke before the evil Kylo Ren (think Darth Vader Jnr) does.  Hans Solo, Leia and Chewbacca are nicely introduced along the way and C-3PO and R2-D2 have their parts to play too.

 

The action sequences are stunning and slick, with CGI used to good effect and the film offers the best use of 3D we’ve seen on the big screen in some time.  The Force Awakens offers major plot twists, nostalgia, humour, action and as with any trilogy, it will leave you wishing the sequel (due out in May 2017) wasn’t so far, far away.

Our Verdict: 5/5, there's nothing to fault.

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