Thursday, December 17, 2015

#JustaQuickiePlease: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (completely spoiler free) Review

Abrams is a true miracle worker, bringing back all of the magic, humanity, and joy of the original trilogy while advancing it in a thoroughly engaging and entertaining way, with just the right amount of nostalgia.   I can honestly say I experienced all of the unbridled excitement of my youth, riveted to my seat as each scene magnificently unfolded.  Now, there are some deficiencies, but, fortunately, they are massively overshadowed by the totality of this well written and expertly produced addition to the treasured franchise.   First, there is a slight bit of predictability and rehashing.  Second, most of the allegorical elements are vacant although they are creatively and capably replaced with a sincere psychological feel that was genuine and intriguing.  Third, some of the more significant and emotional sequences are a bit rushed diluting their full impact.  Finally, as noted in other reviews, one character, in particular, which was well hyped, was greatly underused, which I am sure will be rectified in the upcoming sequels.   Besides those deficits, this is as good as or better than Lucas' original vision.    The cast is superb and, much like their predecessors, feel authentic and easy to relate to.  Extra kudos goes to Ridley, who literally steals the movie with her intensity.  And Driver's villain is the right amount of complexity and simplicity (and yes, that is possible) giving him dimensions and edges that cut to the core.   The original entourage is outstanding and with each entry onto the screen generate a Death Star sized explosion of smiles and applause.   This is what Star Wars was always supposed to be.  It is a beautiful tapestry woven with in-depth and original characters, astounding effects, stunning cinematography, a straightforward but excellently crafted story, and a clear message of hope and heroics.  It is a testament to the films that launched science fiction into the mainstream and created an indisputably beloved legacy and devoted fan culture.  4 out of 5 Kernels: The force and its fans have indeed been awakened!

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