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Not that long ago in a world very, very close... STAR WARS Episode VII opens to the held breaths of millions of fans. Would it be? Could it be? The movie everyone wanted it to be. Was that even possible?

Well no film can satisfy all viewers but perhaps no film has ever been this successful at trying. Regardless of your age or investment in the lore or opinions of the prequels; this movie is for you. It somehow crafts a story that serves all masters and ends up still with something to say.

The story of Rey, Finn, Poe, and BB-8 is very reminiscent of the first tale of Luke, Leia, and Han. Following so close to these footsteps only true flaw of The Force Awakens. This stays within the auspices of myth. And feels more like an homage rather then a retelling. The shifting of the key moments keep it interesting. Albeit the super weapon, Starkiller Base, is perhaps a bit to close to the Death Stars that plagued the heroes of the original trilogy. And planets like Jakku feel more like lost corners of Tatoonie rather then new worlds. But in the end fresh new places and creatures out weigh the call backs.

More so then world building, the characters truly shine. Having Han Solo and Chewbacca back in the saddle is charming and give the warmth of being home. Electrifying new stars like the powerful Rey and the instantly relatable Finn usher the films to a new era. Kylo Wren's complex character steals the show in all his appearances. The First Order and the Resistance stand in for the Empire and Rebels with out being a carbon copy. Again this journey is familiar but with a cast that is so different that it goes a long way to feeling all new. This trip into the stars leads down many unexpected paths. It propels you at breakneck speed to an ending that is a breathless moment of pure excitement.

There is little I can add. Suffice to say it is a great movies. Since the statement has been done to death I'll submit here to the chorus; it's the one you've been waiting for. Go see it. You won't be disappointed. The force is strong with this one.