First, a disclaimer - THERE ARE NO SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW. I even opted to leave out the basic plot synopsis.
It doesn’t seem too long ago that the first teaser dropped, and before that, the news that Star Wars was coming back to the big screen. At the same time though, it feels like it’s been a long time coming. But the wait is over, and whether you enjoyed the hype or were put off by it, it’s all led to this moment. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens today.
A Star Wars movie is the kind you ‘review’ after everyone’s seen it
I’ve been wondering for a few days now how I was going to write this review, but then came to the conclusion, what’s the point of reviewing a movie like this? People are avoiding reviews, and social media in general, in an effort to not inadvertently read even the most trivial spoiler. A Star Wars movie is the kind you ‘review’ after everyone’s seen it, so you can talk to people about what you liked or didn’t like, what worked for the film and what didn’t. Everyone will see it, and the people who don’t plan to or need to be convinced? Well, you don’t want to talk to them anyway. So I’m going to tell you whether or not I liked the movie and leave it at that. I’m not going to tell you what (if anything) I didn’t like about it, because again, what’s the point? The person reading this, if there are any actually reading it today, need to come to their own conclusions. And, for the record, I don’t claim to be an expert in film by any means - but for those who don’t know me, I am pretty knowledgeable in all things Star Wars, and I’ve been in love with it since I was five. So here goes.
“Nothing’s changed really. I mean everything’s changed but nothing’s changed. That’s the way you want it to be.”
I absolutely loved this movie. From the opening crawl to the very last scene. There was no part of the movie that I thought didn’t fit or should have been cut. It kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Although it left me wanting more, I felt a great deal of satisfaction knowing that so much more is coming. This is a Star Wars film, completely, but a modern Star Wars film that serves as an excellent jumping off point for the next chapter in the saga. Hamill himself said it best - “Nothing’s changed really. I mean everything’s changed but nothing’s changed. That’s the way you want it to be.” That’s totally how we want it to be. Abrams made a Star Wars movie first, and an Abrams movie second. It will make the fans happy.
Even if you weren’t able to avoid all the spoiler and rumors, don’t feel bad. You will be surprised and there will be reveals you didn’t see coming. And if you think the trailers gave anything away, or you’ve figured something out by seeing one, you might be wrong. I was. In the end, you’ll still have questions the movie doesn’t answer, but that just means there’s still so much more to look forward to in the future installments.
Oh, and if you haven’t fallen in love with BB-8 already, you will. Guaranteed.