I saw the new Star Wars flick Friday morning. I considered blogging about it later that day, but then figured there were already a zillion reviews on the web and adding one more wouldn’t be particularly useful. But some of my friends, including a few who read this blog, have asked me what I thought about it, so I figured a short post couldn’t hurt.
In short, I loved it. If you enjoyed the original Star Wars movie, I think you’ll enjoy this one. It has a similar structure and explores many of the same themes, with a new generation of characters, although the classic characters show up in supporting roles. The movie was a fun thrill ride, albeit with some starkly sobering parts. JJ Abrams is a master storyteller and he ensures that you will have a powerful emotional experience, particularly if you’re a long time Star Wars fan.
Of course, if you thought the original Star Wars movies were a crime against science fiction, humanity, or whatever, then this new one might not be the best use of your time. It’s very much cut from the Star Wars cloth, and so it’s far more fantasy than science fiction. The science of Star Wars has always been ludicrous, and this movie is definitely no exception. However, I found the story engrossing enough that I didn’t notice the bad physics too much, except for one particular scene, which I won’t discuss because it would involve a mild spoiler.
Many of the reviews have rated this the third best Star Wars film to date, rating it the best since The Empire Strikes Back. I think that’s a fair assessment. In truth, given Abrams track record, I would have been shocked if this movie wasn’t at least entertaining, and that’s all it needs to be a major hit. I read this morning that it had already grossed $250 million this weekend, so it appears to be well on its way to being that.