|Rated: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence|
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Harrison Ford
Released: December 18, 2015 (theaters)
Directed by J.J. Abrams.
The Good: There's little I didn't like about this movie; I love sci-fi/action flicks, and this film definitely delivers. The action scenes were definitely intense, and the plot has several twists, including one that I wasn't expecting. While the story is fairly similar to A New Hope, there were enough new elements thrown in to make it feel like a different movie. Bits of humor were also thrown in. Rey makes a great female lead, and I'm glad they didn't have to make her show too much skin, like they did with Princess Leia and Padmé. It's pretty much a throwback to the original trilogy, which is great, except...
The Bad: The violence was a bit bloody at times, and there were about three profanities, which is not what I'm used to from this franchise. Those are small potatoes, though.
Content Concerns: I won't do my usual listing, but, I will say the violence is more intense than in the earlier films, which is why the rating is higher. Also--and this is a spoiler, so, be warned--the death of Han Solo at the hands of his son may be too much for some viewers, including adults, to bear.
Conclusion: I've been a fan of Star Wars since 2000, when I saw The Phantom Menace on video. Since then, I've watched the movies more than once, and I've also read countless tie-in novels and even a few comics. Maybe I'm just biased, but, I thought this one was fabulous; I'm curious to see where the franchise goes from here.