“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” reinvigorates the Star Wars saga and adds yet another chapter. Moviegoers enraptured by the cinematic magic of the previous films will also enjoy the the constant action and suspense in this one. Three decades have passed since the last duel between the empire and the rebellion, and a new era brings some new characters, but some nostalgia, as well.
The film establishes some of the new characters early on with the capture of resistance Commander Poe Dameron by the First Order and the emergence of the film’s heroine, Rey, superbly played by Daisy Ridley. Another layer to this story is the defection of one of the First Order’s warriors, who earns the name Finn throughout the movie. Finn, played by John Boyega, compliments Ridley well as her sidekick, and they both fit naturally into the tapestry with the characters of old, such as Hans Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). In addition, nemesis Kylo Ren convincingly plays this film’s Darth Vader-like character, and the droid (BB-8) carries a critical piece of information and has its distinctive sound. Characters like Hans Solo’s beloved wookie, Chewbacca, keep the humor element present, as well. Much like previous films/books, it is fast-paced, but it doesn’t at all hurt the development of the characters, such as Rey and Finn. The action sequences, such as the light saber battles bring back the cinematic magic of the former movies, and the presence of the force rings true to life once again. A must-see for old and new Star Wars fans alike.