It is thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, and the New Order is the Empire’s successor. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has vanished. Led by the evil Kylo Ren, the goal of the New Order is to find and destroy last Jedi Master.
The Resistance, led by General Leia Organa, is also looking for Luke. The Resistance is joined by Rey (Daisy Ridley), a scavenger left behind on the planet Jakku as a child, and Finn, a runaway stormtrooper (John Boyega). Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) join them later after Rey and Finn steal a ship that turns out to be the Millennium Falcon.
It has been a long wait, but I am very happy I had the chance to see another Star Wars movie with the original Star Wars characters. This is a wonderful film in many ways, although it is worth seeing just to see Han and Chewie again. I admit there is an element of nostalgia here, and that I prefer the original trilogy, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still enjoyable. I do wish they hadn’t waited 30-plus years for this installment; that is a long time between movies.
There is a lot of action, and the acting is excellent. I like the interaction between Han, Chewie and Leia and the underlying humor. I was a little surprised to find out who Kylo Ren was before he turned to the Dark Side, but it does make an interesting storyline. Adam Driver does an outstanding job with his part, as do Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. The whole cast contributes to the movie effectively, although I’d have liked to see a little more of Luke.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is worth seeing, and worth the wait.