REVIEW Star Wars: The Force Awakens


My advice for you, a potential moviegoer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

See it early.

This is one will go down as a classic. The sooner you see it, the more you’ll avoid spoilers. This is solid old-fashioned storytelling led by endearingly-flawed, compelling, loveable characters old and new. Don’t worry if you know nothing about the franchise’s earlier films, this one stands strong on its own. But if you are a fan, be ready for an emotional explosion that ranges from lighthearted chuckles to sentimental sobs. I’m talking some serious novela-level angst-driven plotlines!

Storylines aside, the texture of the film, the graphics, vibe…that score (bites knuckles) – all embody the spirit of the original Star Wars series. The Force Awakens is by far, a homage to those flicks. And that’s a good thing! We get to see our favorites (Han Solo! Princess Leia! R2D2!), which is worth waiting two-hours in line for a seat, but the pleasant surprise? The newbies in the galaxy – BB8, Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)! They each come with their set of deeply-rooted internal battles. And their decisions, good and bad, will make your heart skip a beat and then melt into mush.

I’m not at all a sci-fi geek, nor have I ever considered myself a card carrying Star Wars activist, but I do love the first two films…and this one most of all. I won’t go into the plot because this movie is best experienced with a clean slate. You’ll enjoy every moment so much more. At its core, it’s a tale about good vs. evil, friendship, unconditional love and keeping hope alive. It runs long, a little over two-hours, so make sure to use the restroom before the film starts. There isn’t a spot to sneak out, every scene is a keeper!

Another tip – tell your friends and family to be quiet during the film. There are many moments of temptation for color commentary, but don’t give in. Keep it for the drive home. Trust me, every line of dialogue is purposeful.


I don’t know what else I can say to convince you to check it out. It’s worth the hype. Star Wars: The Force Awakens makes moviegoing the event it should be. There is magic on the big screen, and I bet 20 years from now, you’ll look back and remember who you sat next to, and the feeling you had exiting the theatre.

Seriously, you know what I did afterwards? I had to go and EAT COMFORT FOOD! I’m talking pasta in cream sauce.

I have some goodies for you! My son, DeAngelo, from, made these clever Star Wars Bingo cards for you to print out and play while you wait in line for the movie. It will help entertain you as you pass the time!

AND leave a comment below telling me why you are excited for the movie and I’ll choose one name on Monday to win a Star Wars: The Force Awakens prize pack, gifted by the studio (they will mail it to you):

  • Tote bag
  • T-shirt
  • Tumbler cup
  • Nail file
  • Trading card holder
  • Highlighter, pen
  • Bottle opener.



May the force be with you!

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35 Responses

  1. I was hesitant on reading this blog with the fear of running into spoilers. But the curiosity kept nagging me so I gave in and read it. Love that you didn’t talk about the story line.
    I’m super excited to see this movie. My husband still has his original figures and when my son was of age to appreciate them, they started a new collection for him when they were rereleased. As nerdy as it sounds, they have matching Darth Vader heads (new one and old one) with all the figurines inside. They take them out from time to time to just admire them. My daughter and I have been on the Star Wars ride with the boys and have grown to love it as much as them.

  2. I’m excited because of the fact that it’s Star Wars! I didn’t think a new movie would ever come out. The prequels were ok but this one looks awesome!!!! I can’t wait to see it!

  3. Our family grew up watching the Star Wars series and we are so excited to all go see it next week! The 7yo grandson will see one in the theaters for the first time!

  4. I remember waiting in a LONG line for the first Star Wars movie. And the second, and the third! We loved them all! I am SO looking forward to The Force Awakens to continue my long love of everything Star Wars!

  5. I can’t wait to see it with my family, I remember seeing the original in the theaters in 1977! Can’t wait!!

  6. I know a lot of people have been tired of all the hype, but all the anticipation has been good for me because I have been fighting breast cancer since July so waiting for this film kept my mind off my health and gave me something to look forward to. Oh and PS, this chick is cancer-free! May the force be with all of you!

  7. I remember seeing the first Star Wars when I was a little girl and now I have two girls of my own who I want to experience that same awe I had back in 1977. 🙂

  8. Everything about this movie makes me excited! I feel like my 5 year old self again getting to see Return of the Jedi in theaters for the first time. I have grown up on Star Wars and now raised my children on it. It has become ingrained into my and my husbands lives and we cannot wait until Christmas Day when we are taking our kiddos to go and see it!

  9. I hope this will be the best yet I was five when k first watch the original star wars with my brother would love to give him the gift pack to say I’m sorry for being a brat in the theater

  10. What a great giveaway! My family is so excited for this movie! My husband is a die hard fan and his enthusiasm for everything Star Wars in infectious! My daughter is 22 months and she knows all the names of all the characters, even the secondary ones and hums the imperial march! Needless to say, we would be stoked to win this giveaway!

  11. I’m so exited for this movie because Star Wars brings my family together (yes we are Star Wars nerds). I remember watching them with my dad when I was little and now I enjoy watching them with my kids. And now that I can bring them to see one on the big screen it is just amazing!!!

  12. So excited to see this movie! I saw the originals in the theaters; I got my kids (now adults) addicted to the movies long ago. We are all extreme Star Wars fanatics. And we need a good blockbuster movie right now – to take ourselves away from everything for a few hours. Kathy, thanks for the free Bingo and for your continually fun and interesting blog! Merry Christmas!

  13. I am excited to see this movie because I will get to see it with family . My aunt rented out a theater for a private showing , with proceeds benefitin the Russel Whitman foundation 🙂

  14. My CHICA BE WITH YOU! Can’t Wait. I went to the store and used the store’s cash coupon . It was worth 10 bucks. I used the coupon and bought a STAR WAR’S ” Christmas themed sweatshirt for 9.99 , so they owed me a penny. I got it for free.

  15. I am excited to go see the movie because my daughter is excited to see it. She recently watched ALL the other movies with her dad and I and she’s counting down the hours until this film opens.

  16. I remember watching star wars with my friends back in my HS years, so it will be so much fun to see it with my family on Saturday, supposedly everyone is coming, it’s my youngest nephew’s 8th bday party and we are all supposed to go see it together with him. looking forwards to a great movie with all the family

  17. I was a college student when The first Star Wars movie came out. It was my first experience in a sold out theater and my first experience with a crowd that wooped, cheered, and applauded the movie.
    Looking forward to a similar experience this time around.

  18. I am going with my mother to see Star Wars the Force Awakens in DBOX for the first time at our locally owned movie theater!!! DBOX is on my “do ablelbucket list” (meaning not expensive and not jumping out of a plane or going very far) I will be sporting a Star Dress, Pleather Jacket, and New Dart Vader purse!!! I’m too excited!!!

  19. Thanks for no spoilers!!

    I’m excited for the movie, but my husband is probably 20x more excited than me! We’ve been having a marathon of all 6 other movies this week, but I’m most excited to see this one because I’m hoping for some muy chingona female characters!!!!

  20. Hey Kathy! Thanks for the non spoiler review! I’m so excited to see this movie!!! I honestly got very emotional when I found out that I couldn’t see it any earlier than 10:20pm on the 17th! Haha no shame, I love Star Wars that much!

  21. for the longest time I thought that R2D2 was “Arturito” because that’s what my mom called him!! I’ve been watching the films since I was a baby! I’m so excited to see this film with my family because it’s the first time that all of us have the time to attend the movie together. It means so much because we’re busy/working people that don’t have a lot of time to spend together. I can’t wait we bought the tickets months ago. We’re dressing up! Thanks Kathy!! Will Maya watch the film????

  22. When I saw the theater ad in the newspapers in the seventies, I said this would be one of the best films of all time. Back then I saw it in theaters 10 times. I’m sorry excited to see this in Dbox and 3D. So looking forward to it. Thanks Crafty Chica for this opportunity. Love your ideas and emails.

  23. I am SO EXCITED to see this Star Wars because I get to see it with my son!! I can’t wait to live through the premier myself, but to also see he whole entire experience through his eyes…I. Just. Can’t. Wait. Seriously. We’ve been waiting for this movie to come out. When he was 4 years old, he realized that Star Wars was not just one movie, but 6. His mind was blown haha and one time he actually sat through episodes 1-5 with me in one sitting. Oh man, when we finally get to see it, it’s going to be amazing.

  24. I’m excited for this movie because my two kids who are 12 and 9 can go with me to watch it. We have been playing the previous movies and the prequels over and over and every time we get into discussions and analyze the characters. We also talk about our favorite quotes. It’s also fun talking about Star Wars as we drive to school. I think this movie has given me a chance to be able to talk more with my kids and they have also become more curious about the next Star Wars movie. It really gets their imagination going and I’m loving it! This moments I cherish like gold.

  25. My husband is a Star Wars “super fan” and I enjoy seeing him get excited. It is also something that he and the kids can enjoy together.

  26. I was there at the start, May 25 1977. Phoenix Cine Capri. Now I get to share that with my boys. What’s better than quality family fun and creating new memories. Can’t wait!

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