"Suck, the Force Awakens does not." A couple of spoiler-free reviews from alt-weeklies

On the run: Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega)

Tomorrow morning, Indy writers Kate Whittle, Alex Sakariassen and Molly Laich will be adding their own two cents about Star Wars: Force Awakens. In the meantime, whether you're attending one of the screenings in Missoula tonight or not, here are two reviews—non-spoiler, I assure you—from fellow alt-weeklies.

From Washington City Paper's Matt Cohen

As Yoda would put it: “Suck, The Force Awakens does not.” In fact, the newest chapter in the saga isn’t just a refreshing palate cleanser for the sour taste of the prequel trilogy, it’s the best Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back. It builds on the legacy of the original trilogy while deftly introducing fresh characters and worlds for a new generation. Still, it’s not without its flaws.

Full review here.

And from Pittsburgh City Paper's Charlie Deitch:

As most fans already know, Lucas had nothing to do with the new film — he sold the rights to Disney for $4 billion. He had plans for new sequels, but Disney hated them and signed J.J. Abrams to write and direct a new series of films beginning with The Force Awakens.

I can’t say with absolute certainty that the true meaning behind Lucas’ statement is: “I hate this movie with the burning passion of a thousand exploding Death Stars because it’s the movie fans have always longed for me to make, but I decided instead to tell the story of Darth Vader in three excruciatingly boring movies that would have killed a franchise with a less-passionate fan base,” but after seeing this film, I’m fairly certain that’s what he means.

Because Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the follow-up movie that fans deserve and have waited 32 years for. The film is gorgeous to watch, has a great story and is a perfect homage to the original series, while at the same time setting the stage for future films. 

Full review here.

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