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Star Wars: The Force Awakens ***1/2


IMDB Synopsis: Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

After three long years of waiting we finally get “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. First off kudos for the creative team breaking form an dropping the words “Episode VII” from the title and putting it where it belongs. It feels like the last three years I have been reading about this film. It comes to us with a tidal wave of hype. So what is the verdict? I can honestly say that it is a fantastic film.

Nostalgia has been all the rage lately and “Star Wars” is no different. But the director, J.J. Abrams, and his creative time have taken that trend to a new and much better level. They are not just revisiting this universe, they are putting it back together as it was. On display here are actual sets and locations as well as make up effects, animatronics and true special effects. Sure CGI is used as well but only when it is needed. The result is one of the best looking big budget films of this decade. What is more amazing is that all of the budget has been put together in support of the story and the characters.

Now I have been pretty hard on director J.J. Abrams over the years. He has real talent as evident here. I have been frustrated though by the problems that have plagued his films. I am happy to say that this is a mostly complete film. The the are some minor flaws such as the action on Han Solo’s freighter involving some ugly CGI monsters. That seems to be Abrams speciality. I also found some of the plot was a little too convenient for my taste. Seriously the Millennium Falcon is just right there? Minor nitpicks I assure you.

I have seen this movie five times now and it keeps getting better. Why didn’t I give it a perfect score you ask? Well the story is basically a remake of “Star Wars”. It hits all the right beats. There is not much originality that way. But this film sets the stage for two more instalments that I am now desperate to see.