It’s decades after the destruction of the Death Star, and that good old scoundrel Han Solo (Ford) and former Princess – now General – Leia (Fisher) are getting a bit long in the tooth, but, as ever, there’s an evil empire to thwart. Easily the most anticipated (and critic-proof) film of the year, J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens
is a rollicking hybridization of everything that made Lucas’ original trio of Star Wars
films so thrillingly watchable, bolstered by the addition of memorable new core characters: lone scavenger Rey (Ridley), and Finn (Boyega), an Imperial Stormtrooper who decides that mass murder isn’t his style. There’s much to love about this particular chapter of the rebooted franchise, although to say much more might engender spoilers, and you’re likely going to see the film for yourself very soon. The Force Awakens
is exactly what it needs to be: an old-school Saturday afternoon sci-fi matinee writ big. Read a full review of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.