The Force Awakens Review: The Force is strong with this one
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 8/10
Warning, very minor spoilers ahead.
MOVIES do not get much bigger than this and I don't think expectations have ever been as high.
J.J. Abrams was handed the daunting task of reviving the franchise after the disappointing prequel trilogy.
And, for the most part, the latest film feels similar in tone to the beloved originals, with a good mix of humour, action, intrigue and dazzling effects in the galaxy far, far away.
Fear not, this is the Star Wars film you are looking for.
Thirty odd years after Return of the Jedi and things are not looking good for our favourite band of rebels.
The Empire (now called The First Order) is stronger than ever and the Jedis that once protected the galaxy are nothing but a myth.
A mysterious leader of The First Order, Kylo Ren (Girls' Adam Driver) wants to kill the last of the Jedi, and hunts an X-Wing pilot who knows where the last of the Jedi is hiding.
What I loved about the film is it took the Star Wars series back to a place when it was mysterious.
A lot of the backstory is left unexplained, the worlds are battle scared and dirty and the Force is mysterious and mystical, not some space germs called midi-chlorians.
Viewers are left in the dark about a lot of the story, but in a good way.
This is a world you want to know more about, but without long discussions about trade agreements and senate manoeuvring.
The effects also take us back to a time pre-CGI (for the most part) and give us a blockbuster that looks more real and interesting than anything we have seen in a while.
It can't quite match the originals, but this is the film fans have been waiting for.
Did The Force Awakens live up to the hype?
This poll ended on 26 December 2015.
YES! It was easily the best Star Wars film so far. J.J. Abrams is a Jedi at film making!
YES! It was great, but was not as good as the original trilogy.
Kind of. I enjoyed it, but won't see it again.
No! It was just as bad as the prequels.
Star Wars? What's that?
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.