'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Review

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is more than a movie. It is, as an entertainment franchise, a cultural and social phenomenon. (Even when it has disappointed us.)

So, does the new, J.J. Abrams-directed vision of a “galaxy far, far away” deliver the goods?

Firm in its devotion and reverence for the story and characters that have thrilled three generations of moviegoers, the answer is…yes!

With a mix of heartfelt heroics, mysterious and dynamic new characters, and with a bounty of nods to familiar fan favorites, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ will “reboot” the franchise as the most exciting series of films ever made for both casual and hardcore fans alike.

With a cast of “slightly knowns” and a beautifully-rendered cocktail of both elements old and new to the ‘Star Wars’ canon of films, ‘The Force Awakens’ is the movie that we’ve been waiting for since 1983.

In many ways, the new film is a throwback to the original series of films from 1977-1983. But no debt is more owed than to Episode IV: A New Hope, or as my generation knew it, ‘Star Wars,’ when released to theaters in 1977.

The thrill, the adventure, the camaraderie, and the action have finally returned to this legendary franchise of films.

Continuing the storyline from where ‘Return of the Jedi’ left off, ‘The Force Awakens’ is exactly what this richly detailed cinematic universe has finally done…awakened.

Nothing in this review will convince anyone to go see the movie. I understand that. EVERYONE is going to see this incredible film regardless. What should be valued, though, is that ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is worthy of the buzz, the accolades, the excitement.

The Head Nerd here at Flixnerd.com, cannot wait until the next installment/one-off/spin-off/sequel/chapter in this newly invigorated and much beloved franchise.

These are the droids you’ve been looking for.

Flixnerd Rating: ★★★★☆

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