Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens ★★★★★


Probably (ie: most definitely) one of the most dynamic, propulsive, and outrageously entertaining spectacles of the new millennium. Rip on J.J. all you want, but The Force Awakens fucking moveeees. Just an impeccable introduction and expansion of an adored silver-screen world, with invigorating character work and even greater banter among a cast of supreme talent, all paced like a smooth, exhilarating roller-coaster ride. And it never forgets the little flavors which many self-proclaimed Star Wars fanatics would try to cut out: the rathtar sequence*, especially. It also helps that it looks and feels and sounds like a real movie - one where budget doesn't immediately gloss over tangibility and delicate details. The forest lightsaber battle flares up like an ancient myth; color, sweat, blood dancing in the snow.

*Excuse me, but you don't want Han Solo's introduction to be amidst a two-way debt collector action scene involving the smuggling of giant squid monsters? It's honestly Heaven, get the fuck out.

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