Updated 07:45 AM EDT, Sat, Oct 23, 2021

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Review: Was it Really Worth the Wait?

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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" shows great potential for the entire franchise, but is it enough to excite the audience for more sequels?

With less than two days before the U.S. release of the film, excitement for the release of the movie is nothing short of amazing, despite what Screen Rant described as "gaping holes" in the storyline.

Advanced ticket sales proved that the "Star Wars" phenomenon is intensely missed, surpassing Lucasfilm and Disney's $100 million mark, per a report from The Hollywood Reporter.

This, says the outlet, was something unheard of based on the theatrical history of North America.

However, a movie review from Screen Rant gave the film a mere passable rating, without any stellar commendation.

"Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens' is a welcome comeback movie for the franchise, and fan love will be enough to propel most viewers past its flaws," the outlet explained.

According to the outlet, Episode VII shows a "much different playing field" than what fans last saw in "Episode VI: Return of the Jedi."

In "The Force Awakens," the Jedi Order is considered a myth and the galaxy far, far, away is faced with a new threat in the form of The First Order that is bent on finishing what The Empire has started.

The film also presents a fresher depiction of the galaxy under the direction of Disney and director J.J. Abrams who is also remaking another sci-fi adventure film, "Star Trek Beyond."

The outlet lauds Abrams for doing a "good job" in making the new installment of the franchise more realistic compared to the CGI-filled aesthetic of its predecessors.

However, the outlet still believes that the director only managed to overcome "most" of the challenge of delivering a new, but similar experience to both old and new generations.

"Abrams and his team create the sort of Star Wars movie that OT fans have been hoping for, while taking the sort of restrained approach to utilizing current film technology, in a way that many detractors of the prequels wish Lucas had," the outlet's review read.

However, much important information is left out story-wise, as the script penned by Abrams and writer Lawrence Kasdan, left fans "with more desire for answers and closure, than actual answers and closure."

This may be because of the director's intention to leave room for expansion for projects like a book, comic, game and a movie or two.

Meanwhile, many of the new cast members who play the heroes of the flick have been praised by Screen Rant, although the outlet also noted that aside from Adam Driver's Kylo Ren, villains like that of Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux, Gwendoline Christie's Captain Phasma, and Andy Serkis' Supreme Leader Snoke were "underserved."

Of course, other people may always say otherwise, so it is better to watch the film for yourself, or enjoy more Star Wars-themed clips like the one below.

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