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I have now watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens TWICE in theaters. I absolutely LOVE it! This takes me back to my youth and picks up where it left off back in 1983 when Return of the Jedi came to a conclusion. I honestly HATED the prequels that were released between 1999 and 2005 as episodes 1-3. Those films did NOTHING for me. I didn’t care about Anakin growing up and falling in love and then turning evil. I was not interested in little Boba Fet growing up and avenging his father’s death. So many things went wrong for me in those films. Midi-chlorians? Jar Jar? BAD ACTING!!! YUCK!!
This brand new film, released on December 17th 2015 was exactly the perfect follow up to all of the adventures I went through as a small boy. In many ways it was a tribute to the very first film. Not necessarily a remake but it follows a familiar pattern but moves the story forward and is filled with action, adventure, comedy, tragedy and mystery. I see this franchise going places. I would rank this film at #3 of all the films. Empire Strikes Back and A New Hope are still #1 and #2 respectively. Return of the Jedi was still better than Episodes 1-3 combined but I feel The Force Awakens really stepped up to the plate and hit a home run quite brilliantly.
I have been feeling like a seven year old pulling out my action figures on the carpet floor and re-watching the original movies. Wearing my favorite Star Wars T-shirts with my popcorn and soda and staring with a wide open mouth at the big screen watching my favorite characters (old and new) going on adventures that bedazzle me!!
My faith in good films has been restored!!