Stars: Daisy Ridley / John Boyega / Adam Driver /
Release Date: 2015-12-15
Production Companies: Lucasfilm, Truenorth Productions, Bad Robot,
Director: J.J. Abrams,
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Summary
Thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire, Han Solo and his allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren and his army of Stormtroopers.
Despite the copious servings of tragic threats and good feelings, the production sinks under the weight of its emotional calculation.
The new movie, as an act of pure storytelling, streams by with fluency and zip.
That's what's so impressive about the tricky balancing act Abrams has pulled off with The Force Awakens: He's made a movie that's simultaneously gripping and a huge release. We are in good hands, at last.
With The Force Awakens, Abrams has begun one of the most important reclamation projects of our time: the complete erasure from cultural memory of The Phantom Menace and its sequels.
I bet you'll have fun - I did, mostly. But it's the fun of seeing something fairly successfully redone, with the promise of more of the same to come.