Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is a marvelous film that succeeds in all accounts – it stays true to the original spirit of Star Wars and gives it new life thanks to J.J. Abrams’ confident direction and editing. A visual feast for the eye that has some truly stellar performances. It may be exactly the Star Wars film that fans wanted, if not little more than that. A terrific ensemble cast and pulse-pounding set-pieces work together to make the perfect popcorn flick as much as a star Wars entry with a surprising amount of heart. While it often feels like more of a tribute to what came before then what may lie ahead, The Force Awakens has the laughs, thrills, and chills that you remember about George Lucas’s film saga.