I am not doing the official review for Fanboys of the Universe for the new Star Wars, but I would be remiss if I didn't say something. And I'm going to be frank, but spoiler-free...
This moving was a fucking blast. Full honesty, I nearly cried when Leia showed up. Cutting George Lucas out of the picture is easily the wisest thing anyone could have done.
J. J. Abrams has paid reverent but not slavish homage to the films that have come before while writing the story in his own language. The beats of the story are remarkably similar, but the music of the narratives is remarkably different, resonating with the past without completely echoing it.
This is Star Wars by way of Planescape and Dark Sun. It is a grittier, much more immediate kind of universe than the pulpy romanticism of the originals, a more fully lived-in landscape. It hums with an eclecticism that is both refreshingly heterogeneous and organic. It isn't the forced, cluttered business of the prequels or Lucas' constantly mutating original trilogy. This is, if I may be so bold, a film that feels more like a Star Wars film than anything since the theatrical cuts of the original trilogy.
Except for a handful of notes that simply didn't hit the right keys (which I will not get into because they give away spoilers), this is a finely-executed symphony that more than deserves its place in the Star Wars canon.
Also, I really, really like hearing the phrase "General Leia."
8 out of 10 / A-