*NOTICE: This post is spoiler free*
How do you review Star Wars without completely geeking out and blabbing none stop in the most unproductive way imaginable – well you don’t. So prepare for the most positive film review of all time.
There was only one way this film could be watched – on the biggest IMAX in London, though that sadly meant waiting a couple of days after release due to the incredible, record-breaking sell out that occurred within seconds of tickets going on sale.
I had managed to stay relatively calm during the day, despite the excitement clearly building – however I, like everyone else in the cinema, completely lost it when the opening theme music exploding into life, and the iconic Star Wars logo appeared before me.
When the project was original announced by Disney, and with visionary J.J. Abrams signed on to write and direct the new franchise, I knew it would be something truly remarkable – it had to be in many ways due to the void left by the failings of the prequel trilogy…
“We wanted to tell a story that would make us feel.” – Kathleen Kennedy, President of LucasFilm
…and right from the offset I knew I was witnessing a rebirth of one of the most loved film franchises is history.
Disney was prepared to allow Abrams, who’s already relaunched another famous franchise in Star Trek, the chance to go back to basics – to capture the essence of what made the original films so unforgettable. The sets. The locations. The props. Everything that made us feel truly connected to the story.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens embodies everything we love about the franchise – reuniting us with so many of the original characters (yes I speaking about Han Solo in particular) as well as pulling together a phenomenal new generation of Star Wars albums that bring the world back to life like never before.
Whether you’ve seen it yet or not, and regardless of what many people have been forthcoming in pointing out over the last couple of week’s, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is very much a homage to A New Hope, but remember this is a brand-new trilogy, and as J.J. Abrams has proven in be past, the best is certainly yet to come!