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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

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Action / Adventure / Comedy / Fantasy / Science Fiction

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Lucasfilm / 2015

Movie Review

Though it leaves little time for breathing, The Force Awakens succeeds in capturing the feel of the Star Wars universe and is a thoroughly entertaining, action-filled and adventurous romp through a world, where people are older but not necessarily wiser and familiar faces lurk around every corner.

The movie really nails the humorous aspect of the universe and thereby, the soul of the original trilogy is carried on in a surprisingly effortless way. Capturing the soul of the original trilogy is no easy feat but director J.J. Abrams succeeds in this by way of humor and respect.

A few moments felt not quite right and the weight of the original trilogy can be felt at times, but I was simply too entertained to take too much notice, a second viewing is clearly needed to get a more nuanced impression.

The new characters work well and energize the movie, though they have yet to be fully fleshed out, while returning characters easily glide into their parts. Special mention goes to Daisy Ridley as Rey, who delivers fantastic performance in her lead role.

The movie flies by quickly and afterward I couldn't help but feel that especially one major event of the movie never got the time to really sink in.

It is a busy little movie and lots of questions are left unanswered, making the wait for the second part of the trilogy, to be released in May 2017, quite agonizing, just as it should be.

Meanwhile, The Force Awakens provides enough thrills to be a satisfying return to a beloved universe, and the knowledge that the franchise is in good hands causes a feeling of calm relief mixed with adrenaline inducing excitement.

Written By Steen
Online: Saturday, December 19, 2015