Top 5 Things We Liked About The New Star Wars



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We at Gateway Macon have a fun boss.  We closed up shop in the middle of the day on Dec. 18, and the boss treated us all to a viewing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Some of us were actually around with the FIRST Star Wars was screened in 1977.  We saw the prequels.  And now we have a whole new trilogy to look forward to.  Here are the top 5 things we liked about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  (SPOILER FREE!)

1. The Boys Are Back In Town (and the Girl, too!)

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Our old friends, Han, Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, R2-D2 & C-3P0 (to varying degrees, and with varying amounts of screen time) are back.  And it's good to see them on the big screen again.  That goes a long way.  They may be showing their age, but they're still out there saving the galaxy.  (We've seen them all in the trailers, so this is not spoiler-y.)

2.  The New Kids Are Worthy

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Rey, Finn, BB-8, and even the newest bad guy Kylo Ren have good screen presence and good chemistry.  They all act their parts well, and make us want to know more about them.  Where they come from, and where they're going.  MOST importantly, we care about the characters, and want to know them more (even the bad guy, after a fashion.)  And really, that's the point.

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And what of Kylo Ren, the new bad guy?  Fantastic.  Can't wait to see what he does next.

3. The Old Is New Again

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I'll tread lightly here, to keep this Spoiler Free.  SW: The Force Awakens has a similar story structure to 1977's SW: A New Hope.  Introduction of heroes and villains... embarking on a quest... characters make discoveries, both about the world and about themselves... threats are revealed... and there's a climactic struggle at a hidden fortress.  It's a similar story structure, but it's with different characters... good AND bad... who are on different journeys.  So the story is familiar enough to feel like home, but the characters and roads they travel are fresh and new.

4.  They Earn Their Laughs

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The first set of Star Wars movies had plenty of laughs.  Big ones.  Good ones.  So does SW: The Force Awakens, and they earn their laughs with both sly humor and cries of exasperation.  There are no flatulence jokes and no purely dopey characters (Sorry, Jar-Jar... sorry George).

And BB-8, the little droid above, pretty much steals every scene he's in.

5.  Top Notch Effects That Feel Real

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The first trilogy of Star Wars films gave us desert planets, ice planets, forest planets, swamp planets, not to mention all kinds of space ships and stations to travel through.  And we loved it.  The prequels gave us fantastic visions of never before contemplated worlds that were visually stunning.  These new locations were perfectly nice to look at, but some of the scenes were just a little TOO much.  We the audience are pretty sophisticated, and we know about green-screens and how these things are made, and I think on some level they never quite felt real to us.  THIS movie, SW: The Force Awakens, doesn't suffer from that.  Every character feels like they're actually somewhere that actually exists.  The visuals are top notch, but more importantly they feel real.  The special effects serve the story, rather than just artistic whim.  And that works.

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In conclusion, we have a fun boss who took us to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on company time.  All involved had a blast.  This film is worthy of the name Star Wars.  We enjoyed it, the familiar and the new, and can't wait for the next one in 2017.  Start working on your boss now, and maybe you can see it with us.