[This is spoiler-free.]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens offers great visuals, fast pacing, has a very good mix of old and new characters, and a cute robot.  The aesthetics are loyal to the Star Wars movies.  I never get tired of watching Millennium Falcon.  Most of the things that made Star Wars great are in here.

This is a good movie, but I can’t help feeling somewhat disappointed.  It rehashes too many of the previous plot elements, does not break new grounds other than coming up with new ways to use the Force.  After Episode VI, the Star Wars universe stagnated for 30 years, and it turns out that Episode VI achieved nothing but causing the Empire to be renamed.

I like to see Lucas’ original ideas for the sequels, even if it means another Phantom Menace-level shock.

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