Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: More female characters, more ethnic representation, more accents, more good acting. Perhaps most interestingly, The Force Awakens also has more music in the same vein as the previous Star Wars films.

I don’t aim to spoil anything, so I’m not even going to talk about the plot other than to say that it’s pretty good and doesn’t have as many plot holes as its predecessors–though it does ring of a very familiar plot path. But, if it worked before, why not now?

The main goal of this post is to talk about who should and shouldn’t watch the new Star Wars.

  1. Don’t watch the new Star Wars unless you’ve seen the first three (the main series, not the prequels). This isn’t a necessity per se, but you’ll appreciate the movie much more if you understand the central conflict between the Rebels and the Empire and the roles of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewy, etc.
  2. Don’t watch the new Star Wars with little kids–especially if they’re prone to nightmares. Most of the movie is fine, but there are a couple scenes that could fuel bad dreams. The special effects are much better now than they were when the first series was produced, which allows for more thrillingly (and frighteningly) realistic aliens and injuries.
  3. Do watch the new Star Wars if you’re interested and not disqualified by the first two don’ts. It was cool to watch the Star Wars title come onto the screen and the original theme music blast through the theater. The theater, by the way, was packed for the Imax 3D showing on a Tuesday night.

I think that covers the basics, but if you have any other questions about the film or want specifics, just comment below.

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3 thoughts on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  1. Very helpful thoughts regarding the newest Star Wars installment. This answered questions I had, but raised one more. How much did seeing it at the Imax in 3D add to the experience? Would seeing it on a regular screen (and not in 3D) take away some of the enjoyment?

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    • It was cool to see in 3D because it takes place in space. The Imax screen was neat because it felt like the Star Wars world was wrapped around us, but the noise was a little much at times. I think it’s definitely a good movie to see in 3D, and strong fans would appreciate Imax, too, but neither are necessary to enjoy the movie. I don’t think you’d know what you’re missing if you see it in 2D.

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      • Thank you for expanding on your review of Star Wars. I am definitely going the distance ~~ 3D and IMAX after catching up on the original episodes.

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