Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

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“The Force Awakens” is, chronologically, the seventh volume in the Star Wars series. The much-hyped film opened Friday across the country. For true fans of the series, this chapter does not disappoint. It offers original Star Wars nostalgia, great humor, action sequences worthy of the genre, a new adorable droid, some new heroes and villains, and some old favorites.

Movie poster for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

J. J. Abrams was tapped by George Lucas himself to create this film. The younger Abrams made a name for himself in movies with two new Star Trek films in 2009 and 2013 (and has a new one due out in 2016), in which a whole team of new actors had to become our old favorite characters in their youth. It is not easy pleasing fans immersed in the minutia of sci-fi lore. So, Abrams was the right person for this job.

J.J. Abrams has done a masterful job of raising our expectations for this movie and not letting them down. As someone who stood in line 4 hours to see the original Star Wars film in 1977, I must admit, this episode truly delighted me. It was as heart-warming, and as entertaining as a film can be, while sticking to the world invented in the original film that George Lucas wrote.

The story of “The Force Awakens” takes place 30 years in the future (after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi), “after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a rag-tag group of heroes can stop them, along with the Resistance.” So reads the tag line for the film. Add to that some bad guys who act like Nazis, some really cool technology, some new species characters to love (Maz Kanata voiced by Lupita Nyong’o is my new favorite), and a few veteran actors. What’s not to love?

Instead of spoiling it for you, let me instead praise the new young actors in this film. Daisy Ridley plays Rey, as strong a character as we’ve seen. She lights up the screen in all her scenes. John Boyega is Finn, who brings humanity to his scenes, despite his character’s inhumane upbringing. Adam Driver plays Kylo Ren, the new villain in a mask, conflicted but clearly on the dark side. (Genetics plays a role in this story.)

Enough said. Go see it. Once we have all seen it we can talk about it openly and no longer fear spoiling it for everyone else. Oh, and it is rated PG-13 “for sci-fi action violence.” I saw people of all ages in the audience and everyone seemed happy to be experiencing the Star Wars world.