It’s the movie everyone’s been talking about all over the internet the past few weeks: the new Star Wars movie. After the mess that was the prequel trilogy, I know a lot of us Star Wars fans (myself included) were wondering what J. J. Abrams would do with the series. Would he ruin it or change it beyond recognition, like the Star Trek films? (Don’t even get me started on the Star Trek films by J. J. Abrams – I like them, but… yeah. Don’t get me started.) Would he fill it up with lens-flares? Would it be more of the unpleasantness that was the prequel trilogy?
I’ll admit, I was nervous about seeing this movie. I’ve seen the prequels. I’ve watched Episode I too many times to count, mostly because it was the first movie at the drive-in every freaking week during the summer of 1999. I didn’t see Episode II and III more than once, though, because they were mediocre. They felt weird, compared to the original trilogy. I was worried that The Force Awakens would be more of what happened in the prequels.
However, I was pleasantly surprised. Very pleasantly surprised.