This a short, spoiler-free review of the Force Awakens. Not even a review, really. I'm still so enraptured from the experience that I don't have it in me to go on at length, so I'll just share my thoughts briefly.
In a word, it was mesmerizing
! It delivered everything I'd hoped for! The Force is indeed strong with this entry. It really captures the charm and soul of the original trilogy, which I felt the prequels sorely lacked; and at the same time it still managed to breathe new energy into the saga, thanks in part to the diverse and talented new cast. Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver were especially top notch in their roles. And seeing the likes of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fischer again as their signature characters was also a delight.
Really, no movie has evoked so many different emotions out of me like this one did, at least not in a very long time. There were moments that had me (and the rest of the theater) howling with laughter, moments that had me chilled to the bone, moments that nearly wrenched me from my seat. And John Williams' beautiful new score complimented it all fantastically. Summed up, it really was a magical experience; and I'm positive I got to feel what my parents first felt when they saw the original Star Wars on the big screen all those decades ago.
I can't wait to go see it again tomorrow!