Joel's 100 Films in 2015: Star Wars Episode VII -The Force Awakens

47. Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens

Watched 12/17/15

As unlikely as it is, I'd just like to state here, publicly that if JJ Abrams is ever in Ruston, I'd like to buy his lunch. I loved "Lost" with all it's flaws and the missed landing, but he was really only responsible for the broadest of strokes there. I enjoyed the Star Trek reboot, though his sequel was rushed and clumsily retread one of my favorite stories of all time.

So, I was hopeful, but nervous about him taking the reigns and lighting the way for the next generation of Star Wars stories. I shouldn't have been. While it's not the greatest film of my lifetime, or even of this year, it is very likely going to be one of my favorite films to revisit. There is so much joy and magic (both new and old) in the 2 hours plus we get to glimpse that favorite galaxy far, far, away.

Thank God (and George and JJ and Mickey and Bob Iger), that this wonderful ride can go on forever from here on out. I won't spoil anything here because if you haven't seen it, you must. But the magic is back and we've only got more exciting adventures to look forward to from here on out.

5 stars