REVIEW: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Bravo JJ Abrams, bravo Disney!
I'm no Star Wars fanatic, but this film most definitely gets 5 stars.
Creator George Lucas must be gleaming with pride at the rebirth of his theatrical masterpiece, which director JJ Abrams had no issue in rebooting.
If you know the Star Wars franchise and have already watched the previous films, you will have no issue with this one.
It has a very nostalgic feel to it and the originality of the older films is kept intact.
In typical Abrams fashion, you're kept on the edge of your seat, but he keeps the older Star Wars fans in their comfort zone as he introduces new characters and locations.
If you haven't watched any of the Star Wars films before, don't stress as Abrams does a splendid job by keeping the plot fresh and also introduces you to older characters.
This is a new film and Abrams keeps that in mind as he directs it in such a way which keeps both the older fans and people watching it for the first time engrossed.
To non-fans and those who've never bothered watching any Star Wars films, don't let any of the jargon used below turn you away.
Go and watch this film and experience it for yourself as words cannot do justice to this cinematic work of art.
Thanks to Disney Africa, I was given the opportunity to watch this film in 3D and I encourage everyone else to do the same.
After watching this, you'll know what Star Wars is all about and you will take it upon yourself to watch all the previous films.
This is the storyline in a nutshell which gives away no spoilers.
You will need to watch this film to fully appreciate it and to also watch how the plot unfolds.
The Force Awakens picks up 30 years after where the last Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi, left off.
It sees a powerful new enemy which came up from the ashes of the old enemy, called the Empire.
The new enemy called the First Order, and its many soldiers (stormtroopers) reign down hell in the Galactic Empire by means of a militaristic government.
Their biggest threat is an underground resistance movement lead by General Leia Organa (Princess Leia) who wants a fair government called the Republic to be reinstated and take full control of the Galactic Empire.
Unintentionally drawn into this battle are the film's lead characters - a stormtrooper named Finn who ditches the First Order because of a troubling conscience and a scavenger named Rey from the planet Jakku.
The film is basically their journey towards teaming up with the resistance and finding out more about themselves and what their roles are in the battle along the way.
Their journey is influenced by a rolling droid called BB-8 which belongs to a resistance pilot named Poe Dameron.
Along the way, they meet up with Han Solo and his trusted wookie companion, Chewbacca.
Leading the battle against the resistance is super villain, Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma, a highly decorated female stormtrooper commander.
This film brings with it all the Star Wars action: Jedi mind tricks, lightsaber duels, sky battles, explosions and plot twists.
Unlike its predecessors, the storyline moves fast and there's no boring moment.
The lightsaber duels and battles between spaceships are not as long and tiresome as in previous films which some, like me, appreciate.
It's a decently paced film that keeps the originality of the older films and brings in the new characters and locations with ease.
I had no doubt that Abrams could pull this off, and he did it exceptionally well.
In my books, it most definitely lived up to all the hype.
This is the film of the decade, and I commend Abrams and his entire team for managing to keep it all shrouded in secrecy for so long.
It is the beginning of a new Star Wars film franchise which could easily go on to produce another six episodes potentially creating millions of fans from the younger generations.
I can easily see this film breaking records and becoming a box office wonder.
Well done on a brilliant production and I will definitely be looking forward to the next Star Wars film.
Abed Ahmed is an Online Sub Editor for Eyewitness News . Follow him on Twitter, here.