This morning I finally caught the new Star Wars movie and it was everything a long term Star Wars fan would want. There is one significant plot twist but apart from that it really was as if the prequels never existed. Over the weekend George Lucas stated that he was less than pleased with the ‘retro’ feel to the movie. He then experienced the full power of the dark side as the Disney lawyers no doubt reminded him of a clause in the contract when he sold Star Wars to Disney which said something along the lines of shut up or we’ll come after you for the billions we have just paid you.
Lucas is right…this Star Wars has a retro feel and it is so much better for it. Gone is the Jar Jar craziness, the idea that Hayden Christensen is a movie actor or an over indulgent script. In its place we have a Star Wars that seems to have had one aim – to reassure the Star Wars fans that Disney was a safe home for the saga – in itself not a small achievement. In this respect it has much the feel of the previous JJ Abrams reboot – Star Trek.
So if you haven’t seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens then please do so and so long as you don’t expect anything other than one great romp from start to finish, you’ll have a great time.