James Crowley’s review published on Letterboxd:
Hey. Remember that thing you like? They made more, and they didn’t screw it up this time. They went back to the original recipe.
Boy, did they ever.
The Force Awakens doubles down on the series’ talismanic repetition of phrases and situations, to the point that it might as well be a remake of the first film. Unfortunately, it’s a sequel, and the weakest moments in the film are easily those featuring the original trilogy cast. (To be blunt, having seen Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac in action, I literally don’t care about Han, Luke, or Leia anymore. Their story was done, and their time is over—or should be.)
The Force Awakens is the third-best Star Wars movie, which is both extraordinary and deeply sad. J. J. Abrams has finally fulfilled his cinematic destiny: the fully-realized, pitch-perfect recapitulation of someone else’s dream.