I’ll be honest, I have sat in front of this screen typing and deleting hundreds of different words, over and over, trying to form the right feeling about the epicness of this film. Putting how The Force Awakens impacted me: as a fan, as a critic, as a mother? Pretty tough gig. In fact, my first reaction was just this: JZODOYDLXUGUGIGFG!!!!!!
Truthfully, I can wax poetic about the beauty of storytelling and how masterfully director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan were able to pay homage to the original trilogy, yet created a brand new tale for this generation and those to come. I can tell you how much it meant to watch an immensely talented, DIVERSE young cast, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver (seriously- Adam Driver is GENIUS as Kylo Ren) and BB-8, take the lead as they ever so slightly got handed the reins of a masterpiece from the ones who began it all: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and R2D2. I can gleefully cheer to you about the fact that in Rey we have a character that little girls AND boys will want to become. I can tell you how the battles will bring you excitement and glee, feeling a little bit like the kid you once were.
Let’s just be real, it will give you all the feels.
So, here is where I would normally tell you a thing or two about the story, and why it did or didn’t work. But no, not this time. No, I am not going to give you a summary of the story…at all. To do so would be to take away the true magic of what The Force Awakens holds for it’s audience. Is it perfect? No.. it has some misses, but I can tell you they are few and far between. But again, nothing I will actually delve into here because Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t a film meant to be dissected the way that many will do (and trust me, there will be MANY that will tear it apart and give you a step by step on what worked and what went wrong- not here though!). The Force Awakens is a rare film that isn’t meant to be analyzed, theorized and over thought. What The Force Awakens is, is just over two hours of wonder, of nostalgia and of something that every film aspires to be: an immersive, consuming experience to get lost in.
I would liken The Force Awakens experience to coming home for the holidays: that feeling of being enveloped by the familiar, while being open to exploring something new and creating a new set of memories that will forever hold that certain piece of you that believes in galaxies far, far away and where the Force is always with you.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is rated PG-13 and opens December 18.