By: Bryan Montgomery
Rating: 9 out of 10
Note: I will do my best to ensure that this is a non-spoiler review, but read at your own risk in case you can analyze between the lines.
Taking our seats in the theater roughly an hour before the 7:40 p.m. showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I spent some time thinking about every first showing of a Star Wars movie that I’ve experienced. The wonder of seeing A New Hope for the first time on a big screen in 1997, my first exposure to a galaxy far, far away. Watching The Phantom Menace when I was nine and covering my eyes because I knew something bad was about to happen to my favorite character in the movie, Qui-Gon Jinn.
Three years later, sitting in the same seats at Rome Cinema 8 for Attack of the Clones and watching as one of my best friends saw his favorite character, Jango Fett, not make it through the final battle scene. Being engrossed in Revenge of the Sith from beginning to end. All of those emotions and experiences came back as the minutes ticked away until the beginning of The Force Awakens.
When the Lucasfilm logo shined across the screen, the crowd in the packed theater at Cinemark 17 and IMAX in North Dallas started to cheer. When the first note of John Williams’ famous score echoed across the speakers, a smile came to my face, a smile that didn’t leave until well after the credits rolled.
Star Wars is back, and The Force Awakens is a dynamite resurgence to the franchise. J.J. Abrams has quelled the doubters and delivered the best Star Wars movie since 1983, returning the feel of the original while debuting a slew of new characters that steal the show and can carry the franchise to new heights for years to come.