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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (10/10)

by Tony Medley

Runtime 135 minutes.

OK for children.

This movie has a lot going for it. Naturally itís got Grade AA special effects and weird looking characters, along with some familiar ones from the original. But in addition to all that, itís got two star turns. The first is by Harrison Ford, who returns to play Han Solo, and brightens up the screen every time he appears.

But heís got competition from gorgeous 22 year old Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, a scavenger who becomes deeply involved with Han. The First Order has replaced 1977ís Evil Empire as the horrible antagonist.

Naturally, all this happens a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but almost 40 years after the events that we saw in 1977,as we are told in the iconic opening roll.

While Ford has a legitimate co-starring role in the film, after he first appears maybe 30 minutes in, his compatriots from the original also appear, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia (who apparently had to lose ďmore than 35 lbs.Ē in order to get the part), now a General in the Resistance, Mark Hamill who plays Luke Skywalker, both of whom appear in cameos, and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew). A new character is a rolling droid, BB-8 who apparently holds the key to Lukeís location.

Another new character is Finn (Jon Boyega). Director J.J. Abrams tries to get a romance blooming between Finn and Rey, but the lack of chemistry is appalling. Thatís the only negative part of the film.

The apparent plot of the film is that everyone is looking for Luke and that search gets involved with The First Order and a Darth Vader-like bad guy who is the muscle for The First Order, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), who happens to be the son of Han and Leia.

So while they are looking for Luke they are being hounded by The First Order who has no compulsions about conducting space age genocide to rid the galaxy of The Resistance.

This goes on for 135 minutes of eye-popping action with wonderfully enjoyable special effects.

Still, the best things in the movie are Ford and Ridley.

I canít see any reason to see it in 3D, though. I did and the fact that it was in 3D was completely forgotten after the opening roll, although my assistant disagrees.