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REVIEW: Was Star Wars Worth The Hype? (NO SPOILERS, WE PROMISE)

Today, I had the pleasure of viewing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and I'm about to tell you that if you had any reservations - DON'T.

About halfway through the movie, I tweeted "J.J. Abrams, I'm sorry I doubted you." And I truly, truly mean it.

Now, I always considered myself a traditional Star Wars fan. I watched A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, and after seeing the first installment of George Lucas's reboots, I refused to watch any more. (Sorry to all those Jar-Jar Binks fans - I simply cannot stand him.)

So when I heard that Abrams, the new King of Star Trek was taking on the new installments of Star Wars - I was worried. My first reservation was the fact that Abrams might be so far into Trekkie territory, that somehow he wouldn't decipher the two. I also was worried any reboot with the old characters and the new would be jumping the shark automatically.

Luckily, I was proven wrong. Very, very wrong.

I won't go into great detail as to what happened in the movie - I was actually sent a spoiler, so I know how that feels. I was mentally prepared for a pivotal scene in the film. But here's the thing: People who experienced the beginning of the Star Wars saga in 1977 have a special love for those films, and were just as invigorated seeing them for the first time. Now, we get to experience a whole new rebirth of the characters, and are able to fall in love with our OWN version of this galaxy. I believe that's what Lucas tried to do with Episode 1-3, but it left many people unsatisfied.

J.J. did not compromise the world or the integrity. He did not overdo anything (except that whole "We've got company" thing - that's apparently always needing to be said in SW). But honestly, when you watch this film, you have to realize how much soul was poured into each character, the sets, the life that lives in that galaxy far, far away. And whether you are a Jedi or a Sith, a Rebel, or a member of the Resistance, or if you happen to enjoy Star Wars, even just an inch, I've got this to say:

YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE IT.

 

Amy Cooper is a writer and pop culture fact nerd, and on multiple occasions has been referred to as a “Walking iPod.”