You can rest easy now that I've finally seen Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. I can probably put my anti-spoiler memes away!
Spoiler Free Review
First, let me explain that I am an author (which makes me naturally more critical of everything I read and watch than I was before I started writing) AND huge Star Wars fan. I love the books, the movies, and even the video games. I tried (with no luck) to talk my husband into naming our kids after Star Wars characters (but I did get a comic book name or two in!) You could even say that I was destined to become a fan before I was even born.
When my mom was still pregnant with me, my family lived in the Redwoods near where they were filming Return of the Jedi.
So, I grew up with countless Star Wars marathons, dreamed of doing a Luke Skywalker diving board jump at every pool I swam in (you know, when Luke's standing on the plank above the sarlacc pit, jumps off but grabs the board on his way down and does a leap with a flip to grab his lightsaber), and hearing stories about how my family ate at the same restaurant as Chewbacca and Han Solo.
BUT I don't know everything there is to know about Star Wars and, despite my lightsaber ringtone, I'm not completely obsessed. My house isn't packed with mint in the box action figures, and I haven't read all of the books etc. It's just always been something I love. (By the way, The Thrawn Trilogy is one of my favorite series and Knights of the Old Republic is my favorite video game. I love you too, Carth! Luke and Mara forever!)
Anyhow, back to my review. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens wasn't the best Star Wars movie ever made, but it wasn't too bad. I'd say it was better than the prequels, but still had some problems—(and here comes the balancing act) which I will try to explain without spoiling the movie.
Conclusion: Still, not a bad movie. With all of the action, effects, sounds and visuals, you'll miss a fun experience if you don't see it in the theater! Not my favorite, but it's one my family and I will add to our collection and enjoy.
I'm honestly not sure why this was PG-13. Since, statistically speaking, PG-13 movies make more money, I almost wonder who was bribed to slap that label on this flick.
The language, violence, and sexual content in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens were about the same as in other Star Wars movies, some might say considerably less.
Mild profanity—They swear like 2 or 3 times, and nothing that wasn't in the first six movies.
Violence—Yes, there is fighting, dying, and destruction in this movie, it IS Star WARS after all, but nothing compared to bloody severed limbs, a rancor chomping down on a Gammorean guard, Darth Maul being cut in half at the torso in a mist of blood (and showing each half fall separately down the shoot), or the Emperor using Force Lightning to repeatedly and brutally electrocute Luke and Darth Vader. There's even a bit of torture thrown in there, but, personally, I don't think it was nearly as scary as the needle droid/probe thing they showed us they were going to torture Leia with in A New Hope. If you're ok with your kids seeing episodes 1,2, and 4-6, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens should be fine.
Sexual content—Nothing even remotely close to what we saw in Jabba's palace in Return of the Jedi. No Jabba licking Slave Leia in The Force Awakens!
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