Star Wars: The Force Awakens is worth all the fuss.
And you don’t have to be one of the diehard followers of the franchise birthed in 1977 from the mind of George Lucas to appreciate the seventh installment, the one long-awaited by fans of IV, V and VI. (Yeah, I, II and III were prequels, a second trilogy that was released in the 1990s, long after the debut now called A New Hope was followed in 1980 by The Empire Strikes Back and 1983 by Return of the Jedi.)
So it’s been a 32-year wait for those who’ve put the plight and fate of Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, creatures led by Chewbacca and robots pinned with such labels as CP3-0 in such high regard.
As I filed with my dear wife Karen into the packed Regal Cinemas theater in Syracuse mall Shoppingtown for an early Sunday matinée, I was not one of those.
In fact, I’d lived my years quite happily since 1977 without having seen any of the Star Wars films. Until Friday night, that is, when Karen convinced me we should buy the original on Amazon Prime so she could watch again to refresh things from her high school years and I could have at least that groundwork in place for this cultural phenomenon. (That viewing I shall report about here tomorrow.)
Now I understand.
The Force Awakens is very, very good.
Without giving away any spoilers to those who’ve yet to see it in week one, I like the work directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt because:
The storyline was compelling yet easy enough to follow for a newbie.
The battle scenes were gigantic.
The good guys were really good.
The bad guys were really nasty.
The recognizable faces, led by Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher as Solo and Leia, had aged gracefully but still carried plenty of pizzazz.
The new faces, led by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega as Rey and Finn, were important to the plot and had immediate chemistry.
The musical score by John Williams remains grand and majestic.
The cinematography was beautiful, and the special effects were cool without going over the top.
The 135 minutes flew past.
Fans clapped and cheered at the finish.
I felt like I’d indeed witnessed an epic.
Have you been a longtime fan of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise? If so, which is your favorite movie in the series, and why? Would you dress up for this movie, and if so, which character would go as?