A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a phenomenon called Star Wars was played in front of millions on a large screen. Soon, everybody knew about the films that would transpire, and people either seemed to love or hate the sage; more hate came about when the prequels were released, but that’s for another time. Now, in a more modern age, Star Wars is back with its latest installment “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, and one big and important question is being asked: will it capture the same charm and wonder the first film did nearly 40 years ago? One must simply believe in the Force to find out for themselves, and see. As for me, the new movie continues where “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” leaves off, and introduces us to a whole new world of wonder. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” delivers the same fun and excitement that made people fans of the series in the first place.

The story takes place several years after “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi”, and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has gone missing. Now, a resistance, led by General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), is determined to find him, and restore balance to the galaxy. Unfortunately, a new group of Imperial Forces led by the sinister Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is looking for him in the possible hopes of turning him back to the Dark Side. This poses as a problem as two people- a former Stormtrooper given the name Finn (John Boyega), and a smuggler named Rey (Daisy Ridley) have a droid named BB-8 which contains a map leading to Luke’s whereabouts. Now, it’s a race to see who can get the map first, and see if the Force is still there.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is a refreshing entry in the Star Wars saga. It does make a nice continuation of what happened prior while also maintaining a new original story. We get to see a new batch of characters, along with some familiar faces, heading out on an epic adventure. The characters are well-defined, and each have a unique personality along the way. The villain, Kylo Ren, does terrible things, and is almost on par with Darth Vader. The direction by J. J. Abrams is good as he offers a nice blend between action and drama, which is good in this case as there can be some dark elements thrown in the film that younger viewers might not relate to. But of course, the big spectacle of it all are the special effects and the action that audiences love in Star Wars.

The special effects given to us in this film do not disappoint. They look and sound good, and there is also a nice blend between practical and computer effects to satisfy everyone watching. On top of this, we have some really intense action going on, that will more than likely keep the viewer entertained. In fact, there is a moment near the end of the first act where we have an intense chase through the desert before ascending into space. We are also given a cool lightsaber fight near the end, but that would mean spoiling the movie. Overall, the action in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is a fun and entertaining experience.

If there are any negative complaints, then I could only find two, and they are just minor nitpicks. For starters, while the action is good, the movie heavily relies on it which can be somewhat of a distraction..Second, the film does run a bit long; it seems like the filmmakers tried to cram both story and action as much as they could to meet a length of a little over two hours, which can drag the pacing down a bit. But again, these are just nitpicks.

In conclusion, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is a good return to an interesting saga. See and judge for yourself what this movie does for you. All that’s left to say is may the Force be with you.