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'Star Wars' Review: ‘Hello, we meet again’

Alex Doty • Dec 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM

“What would it be like?” I thought, entering the theater to watch the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” film on Friday morning.

“Is it possible this movie is as good as advertised? Or will it be a flop?” I wondered, sitting through a loop of commercials and movie previews.

With a tremendous amount of hype in the months, weeks and days leading up to the film’s release, you can’t help but wonder if the movie will be more “Empire Strikes Back” (thumbs up) or more “The Phantom Menace” (thumbs down).

Nonetheless, I strapped myself in and readied for a trip back to “a galaxy far, far away.”

As soon as the opening fanfare played and the title sequence appeared on the screen, there was a sense of nostalgia.

And, as the movie progressed, that sense of nostalgia turned into a sense of relief. A relief that after all the hype and three sub-par prequels, the Force has indeed awakened and rekindled that old-time “Star Wars” magic.

Although I am too young to have been alive for the release of the original “Star Wars” movies, I do remember fondly when they were re-released in theaters and on VHS in the 1990s.

I became acquainted with all of the characters of the “Star Wars” universe, from heroes like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia, to the cast of villains such as Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Emperor Palpatine.

I was hooked on the story and sense of adventure that each movie provided. As a kid, you can’t help but imagine yourself in those stories, traveling to distant planets and flying starships.

Fast-forward to Friday morning, and it was like saying hello to an old friend. There was that same sense of adventure, some of those familiar faces, and an escape back to childhood.

All in all, this latest chapter in the “Star Wars” saga is a great trip down memory lane and a great step forward with the introduction of new storylines, new characters and new adventures.

And now comes the hard part — the wait for “Episode 8,” which won’t hit theaters until 2017.

Looks like I’ll have to watch “The Force Awakens” over and over again in the meantime.

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