STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAK­ENS ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM | SEVEN DAYS - DC

Di­rected by JJ Abrams. Star­ring Har­ri­son Ford, Mark Hamill, Car­rie Fisher, Daisy Ri­d­ley, John Boyega, Domh­nall Glee­son

A young out­sider from a re­mote world sees her life change when she en­coun­ters a wan­der­ing droid with an im­por­tant mes­sage from rebel forces. Sound fa­mil­iar? Abrams has re­turned to the rhythms of the first film with ma­jor suc­cess. The sev­enth Star Wars flick fea­tures spir­ited turns from new he­roes Ri­d­ley and Boyega. It can’t hope to es­cape its her­itage, so it doesn’t re­ally try. Fast, funny, ex­cit­ing, well acted, but ul­ti­mately lit­tle more than vari­a­tions on a theme. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 135 min

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