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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’–what the critics think

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is about to come out and it looks like it’s going to be pretty great. Fans, get ready for an amazing weekend in a galaxy far, far away.

Several publications, including The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly, have printed what they think of Episode VII and J.J. Abrams’ take on the incredible franchise.

Here are some review highlights, ABC reports:

Brian Truitt from USA Today gave the movie four out of five stars and claimed that the “magic” the old films possessed “is back.”

“‘The Force Awakens’ reveals surprising connections, begins a few bromances, solves mysteries while digging up others, and sets a strong tone for what comes next in ‘Star Wars’ lore. Best of all? It’ll make you feel like a kid being introduced to something truly special once again,” he said.

Richard Lawson from Vanity Fair wrote that the film “finds just the right path through reverence and respect to find invention, ushering a new generation into its galaxy of iconic visuals and reliable heroes by raising the epic stakes, while keeping the narrative, for the most part, focused and propulsive.”

Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly explained that “J.J. Abrams’ ‘The Force Awakens’ delivers exactly what you want it to: rollicking adventure wrapped in epic mythology, a perfect amount of fan service that fires your geekiest synapses, and a just-right cliffhanger ending that paves the way for future installments.” He gave the film a B+.

Matt Singer of ScreenCrush spoke positively of the cast. “The film is as its best in its first forty minutes, before the classic cast returns.” He added that it was “nice to see Ford, Fisher and Hamill, but ‘The Force Awakens’ really belongs to Ridley, Boyega, Isaac, and Driver.” He gave it a 7 out of 10.

Manohla Dargis of The New York Times excitedly stated that “the big news about ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is–spoiler alert–that it’s good!”

“Mr. Abrams’s smart idea–an overarching ethos, really–in ‘The Force Awakens’ is to have returned to basics, largely by dispensing with a lot of clutter,” wrote Dargis.

Additionally, the film received a 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and an 81 on Metacritic based on 46 different critics. Rotten Tomatoes came up with a critics consensus that reads, “Packed with action and populated by both familiar faces and fresh blood, ‘The Force Awakens’ successfully recalls the series’ former glory while injecting it with renewed energy.”

Of course, there are plenty of negative reviews out there, but who cares about those? Let’s not upset the extreTemely thrilled and anxious fans beginning Thursday night!

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