The reviews are in… and it looks like J.J. Abrams has pulled it off.
After the lifting of the review embargo, the world’s movie critics have published their two cents on the biggest movie event of the decade, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, and the consensus is pretty good.
In a four-star review, the Helen O’hara in the UK’s Empire says the movie ‘glories in reminding us what we all loved about this universe’.
However, she remarks that sometimes the homage can prove to be a bit much.
“Sometimes, too, the adherence to ‘Star Wars’ past grates,” she adds. “Parts of the first half hour feel like a remix, from the plans hidden in a small, feisty droid to the rescue of a tortured but still witty prisoner from an evil authoritarian regime. It’s all beautifully crafted, just a little too deferential to what has gone before.
“By the end, this finds fresh ingredients to add to the Star Wars formula, strengthening and deepening it. The prequels this ain’t. We can all breathe again.”