(Vague spoilers) So, just seen Star Wars The Force Awakens (and doesn’t quite roll over and go back to sleep again). It was thoroughly entertaining and had relentless tempo. The characters are well-drawn, albeit reboots of characters who are already very familiar – indeed, there is a strong theme concerning the ‘eternal battle’ of good v evil, and a sense of the same story repeating over and over. And the ‘lifted’ plot may be a concern for some (older) viewers.
That being said, there are modern twists (around relationships and gender roles) on the old story. The lead character is female and doesn’t need saving by males. The heterosexual incipient romance is neatly side-stepped. And the midichlorians are expunged from Star Wars canon – we are back to the force being a religious thingymabob that can’t quite be defined – this move is hugely important as it removes the privileged bloodline narrative that seemed only racist in the second of the trilogies Lucas made.
So, overall then, this is a decent film for fans and new fans. But it is not a world-changing movie. Did I expect more? Always. Was it fair of me to expect more? Probably not. Will I see the next one? Assuredly. Score from me: 8 out of 10. May the force be with you!