The embargo for reviews was lifted today on Star Wars The Force Awakens, and they are almost all VERY POSITIVE!
Thank goodness for that, we can breathe a sigh of relief, phew!
Some have called the new Star Wars movie “a triumph” and “a classic”.
UK newspapers seemed very happy with the movie:
The Daily Mail’s Brian Viner described The Force Awakens as “a triumph of escapism and the most exhilarating film yet in this mighty franchise”.
The Times critic Kate Muir wrote: “Adults will be floored by tearful nostalgia because this is a classic. “The sequel – the seventh movie in the Star Wars franchise – is “a humongous piece of cinema”, said Kate. She went on to describe Abrams as “a better action director” than Star Wars creator George Lucas, concluding that the film was “exactly what we were hoping for”.
The “real star of the show”, declared Brian Viner from The Daily Mail, was British actress Daisy Ridley, whose performance as scavenger Rey should “send her career into orbit”.
Christopher Hooton in the Independent gave the film four stars and said: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens is actually probably objectively the best Star Wars yet, and would be held up as untouchable had it come first.”
The New York Times said the “big news about Star Wars: The Force Awakens is – spoiler alert – that it’s good!”.
“Despite the pre-release hype, it won’t save the world, not even Hollywood, but it seamlessly balances cosy favourites – Harrison Ford, ladies and gentlemen – and new kinetic wows along with some of the niceties that went missing as the series grew into a phenomenon, most crucially a scale and a sensibility that is rooted in the human,” Manohla Dargis said.