As a young boy way back in 1977 in what now seems like a galaxy far far away, I saw Star Wars: A New Hope, 13 times as it ignited my young mind and imagination like nothing before. Now in the present day as an adult and father of three padawans, I am proud to say that I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens three times on opening weekend alone, with plans to once again see Episode VII thirteen times just as I did with Episode IV all those years before.
The reason for this is simply because The Force Awakens was an incredibly fun, imaginative and special pop-corn movie that also does a great job of keeping with the most important and core aspects of the Star Wars universe, that being The Force.
The film’s cowriter and director, J.J. Abrams has definitely succeeded where other like minded geeks and science fiction enthusiasts had hoped he would with his vision of George Lucas‘ Opus in The Force Awakens! The film stays true to the original Star Wars movie and has the effect of transporting the most staunch Star Wars fans back to their childhood as it is refreshingly similar in both depth and feel to the original Star Wars film that began it all!
The film is not only action packed from beginning to end, but the characters introduced in The Force Awakens have a true sense of depth to them that make us almost immediately feel as if we know them to some extent.
Rey as portrayed by the beautiful and talented Daisy Ridley is quite believable in her youthful innocence just as she is in her righteous defense of those around her and the Force, which is awakening within her.
John Boyega is likewise a fun and fresh face who plays the rebellious Finn, and brings a confused yet charming addition to the good fight against the evil First Order in a way that is believable rather than forced and stale.
Oscar Isaac plays Poe Dameron, the seasoned and daring rebellion pilot who starts off the movie with his mission to find the location of the well hidden Master Luke Skywalker and easily does his part to bring the evil First Order to its knees by the end of the film.
Adam Driver plays the film’s dark Jedi named Kylo Ren, who struggles with both the Light and Dark side of the Force within him, just as he does his best to live up to his legendary grand father, Darth Vader!
Likewise, the film introduces the adorable and often times funny BB-8, who like R2-D2 before him has the fate of the galaxy safely tucked away within his metallic and cute robotic frame.
The Force Awakens also features the cast of the original Star Wars trilogy reprising their iconic roles as General Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and of course, Master Luke Skywalker, in ways that are heartfelt, charming, hilarious and even sad in the most heroic of ways.
The Force Awakens did what all Star Wars fans hoped that it would; it stuck to the original core principles that made Star Wars so important to my generation, while also bringing a new vision to The Force and the ways in which it intertwines all living things within the Star Wars universe.