[I believe I’ve avoided serious spoilers, but if you want to be extra-careful, perhaps it’s best to avoid this piece]
The reviews are in for J J Abrams’s seventh installment of the galactic-scale sci fi saga and, in the words of the New York Times, “spoiler alert… it’s good!” As one of the most anticipated blockbusters of all time, there was a big danger of disappointment, but that now seems unlikely, with plenty of five-star writeups across the papers. Here are five takeaways from the critics.
Resisting the dark side
Since Christopher Nolan unleashed his brooding Batman on the world, there’s been a playbook for big sci fi blockbusters which says that everything has to be dark. Glowing, tortured heroes. Sadistic, humourless villains. The inception noise. It sounds like Abrams has resisted the temptation to take Star Wars in the same direction. “The Force Awakens makes you forget about the redundancy and pedantry of the prequel-trilogy that came 15 years later,” writes Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian, “it restores the comedy that Phantom Menace abandoned. The Force Awakens is in touch with the force of action-adventure and fun.”