By Christian DiMartino
The biggest movie of the year has arrived, and I’ll be damned if J.J. Abrams didn’t deliver. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is a dazzling nergasm that reminds us of the great old Star Wars days, before greed got in the way. It isn’t quite up to par with the original trilogy, but it is the best since the original trilogy, and I am A-Okay with that. It is hard to top perfection.
I will be up front in saying that I cannot give away the plot details. Why? Because, for one thing, Abrams will murder me and my family. The second reason, though, is because this is a film that deserves to be seen fresh. Abrams kept this film from critics for a reason. Going into it fresh will honestly add to the fun.
So, what can I tell you? Well, for starters, the dialogue doesn’t hurt our ears. I am not one of those Star Wars prequel haters, but I admit that the dialogue was clunky as hell. Luckily, the screenwriting team this time around is Abrams, Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine), and Lawrence Kasdan, who had involvement in the original trilogy. There are some good laughs. They also make some bold risks here, some that will piss people off. But you have to kind of admire their risks.
The action sequences are a knockout, as one would expect. Don’t bother with the 3-D. I have seen greatness out of 3-D. It isn’t here. Nonetheless, the film is a visual marvel, just as much as it probably was with the original in 1977. It also always helps to have a great score from the legendary John Williams.
We also got a great cast on board. I don’t know why the legendary Max Von Sydow bothered showing up for one scene… but welcome back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and (briefly), Mark Hamill, not to mention, Chewbacca and R2-D2,to name a few. Oscar Issac, and the two newcommers, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, ain’t too shabby either. Adam Driver is also a fitting villain, though he’s no Darth Vader.
The film also works as a piece of nostalgia. If you have been a lifelong devotee to this series (as I have been), you are damn near guaranteed to smile. A lot.
It’s great fun and all. But yet, plot-wise, it kind of feels like de-ja-vu. Sure, there are some new things in there. But when you think about it, it is kind of true. Wanna know what I’m talking about? Just see it for yourself.
De-ja-vu or not, it’s still a grand thrill ride. I guarantee you that in a few days, someone will pick this film apart, and point out everything that’s wrong. Whatever. Just see it. Those who want to see it, are going to see it. Others, well, the force just isn’t with them.