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As the shimmer of the Lucasfilm Ltd logo appears on screen.

A collective gasp of the audience is heard throughout the cinema, preparing us for the next text that would appear.

“A Long time ago in a Galaxy far far away.”

Silence

BOOM!

The trumpets are heard, a familiar fanfare raises the hair on the back of our necks.

This is it, this is what we’ve been waiting for.

Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens.

The film itself I would say is better than all prequels but stays sub par to Episode 6 The Return of the Jedi. Nevertheless it is a great Star Wars film, one that we’ve been waiting for a long time. The film itself addresses older films in order to look to the future this is represented by the inclusion of familiar characters we all know and love. After all Star Wars is a story always about the past but the Force Awakens is at its best when it looks to the future.

The familiar scoring of John Williams shines within this film, bringing us to familiar leitmotifs of familiar characters while introducing new ones for the new characters. I cannot wait for the soundtrack! It clearly isn’t a Star Wars film without John Williams and I am happy he is on board with this project bringing the world back to life.

This film prepares todays generation to look to the future of the series without much need to recap for the past. However in order to do that it features feast of nostalgia with familiar situations and scenarios and for me the deja vu factor is much like a drawback than a benefit.

References from the original trilogy are out of control with scenes. lines, action sequences, and more apparently copied, noted, joked about or otherwise present in a way that can sometimes be distracting from whats new within the movie.

Speaking about a particular recycled situation I wonder how in a world of infinite possibilities have brought us back to this scenario yet again?

JJ Abrams has made a film that feels like a Star Wars film it also falls into a lot of the storytelling issues that plague JJs work. The storytelling is a little weak and vague but some of your questions and queries will be up for the future films to address and a lot of the CG pieces feel cold, reminding me of JJs previous work in Star Trek Into the Darkness as opposed to Star Trek 1

Overall this is a magnificent film, the Star Wars film we have anticipated for, of all the hype and excitement the buzz in the media, this one does not disappoint. The film prepares us for the upcoming films in the series. JJ has done a great job establishing the universe ahead of us, that which would be a huge pressure to the next director and scriptwriter. In bets with friends, I was right about the strong women empowerment in the film, inclusion of diverse races and equality among aliens.

To those who are shy to acknowledge they have not watched a Star Wars film but are curious, I say this, you need not review the old episodes, for this trilogy is as standalone as the trilogy of 456 and 123. The only difference is, this one we made all together, with our combined efforts and knowledge of a galaxy far far away and the power of the force.

As I watched the film wrapped up with the final scene along with the excitement of the child inside me, I can’t help but feel nostalgic of all the dreams and inspirations the film series has done for me, with the anticipation of the next film, watching this rekindles that light, revives that spirit, in other words: it has awaken the force inside me, inside all of us.

May the Force be with you.

9/10

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