I've finally seen the movie in its entirety, and here's my spoiler-free verdict:
It's has by far the best visuals of any movie ever.
The way the original Star Wars set a new bar for spectacular and believable special effects, so does The Force Awaken
blow the competition out of the water in terms of spectacular, well-composed and believable visuals.
This is especially true with regards to scale. The original Star Wars was already great at communicating just how big some things were, and how much bigger than other very big things they were. But the sense of scale that the new movie manages to communicate is just mind-blowing. Nothing else I'm aware of comes close.
Everything else about the movie is good too, and often great. Certainly good enough to make me happy, but there's certainly some things that could have been better. But the way everything looks, that's just staggering.
Runner-up to the visuals in terms of elements that make this movie great, I'd put the comic relief. The little jokes in between the action are absolutely perfect in the way the original trilogy got them right, and the prequels didn't. (Not meant to shit on the prequels; they have redeeming qualities, but the comedy was often jarring to me.) #starwars #theforceawakens #starwarstheforceawakens