What To Expect from The Force Awakens (SPOILER FREE)

What To Expect from The Force Awakens (SPOILER FREE)

Have you been waiting with bated breath for the latest entry into the Star Wars universe?  Catch up on the basics with this quick spoiler-free review of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

What’s it about?

The Force, lightsaber battles, X-wings, a faceless evil with a doomsday weapon, the Millennium Falcon…everything you loved about the Original Trilogy is here, and it’s all in the opening crawl: 30 years after Return of the Jedi, the galaxy is in peril once again, and only one man can save it.

Is it any good?

  • My vote for movie of the year, and the best Star Wars film in almost two generations.  Beautiful drama, intelligent and realistic dialogue, and heart-pounding action with an excellent payoff.
  • The new characters are as well fleshed-out as the old, contributing to and advancing the plot without getting in the way of the old guard.
  • Action scenes are fast, to be sure.  Sometimes hard to follow, but incredibly immersive nonetheless.
  • Some plot threads were not developed quite as much as I would have liked, but there’s an entire trilogy and set of spinoff movies to rectify that!
  • It’s modern Star Wars: it feels like Star Wars, but it’s also a modern interpretation of the format.  In a good way.  After the prequels, I’d almost forgotten what that meant.

Should I see it?

If you liked A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, and if the prequels left you wanting, then absolutely you should!

What should I watch for?

The father/son dynamic, the characters that are resisting their purpose, and the power of myth.  If I tell you more, it’ll be too much, but feel free to put your (spoiler-free!) observations and reflections below!


Perfectly put David. Really good movie as a stand alone film and an excellent continuation of a story I started loving, pretending and enjoying when I was 8 years old.

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