Written by J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt, the script has taken the spirit and adventure of the original Episode IV and improved on it in every way. The direction by Mr. Abrams is perfect. He deftly manages the technical aspects of the multiple battle sequences but also knows exactly how to handle the human element which sets the bar far above episodes 1-3. He pays tribute to the past by updating the future and weaves intriguing original ideas into a world many of us already recognize.
The film works on every level for old and new fans alike. For the original fans, just the sight of the opening words...."a long time ago..." is enough to give you goosebumps. Reuniting the original stars in unexpected ways keeps the audience guessing and cheering throughout the film.
Introducing new leads can be tricky but the new cast is terrific. Adam Driver as Kylo Ren is a surprisingly good villain. Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn and Oscar Isaac as Poe are all introduced with this film and it's clear early on that they will quickly become important pieces of the Star Wars universe. And the new droid, BB-8 is an instant fan favorite.
Even if it does rehash the familiar plot of blowing up an even bigger "death Star", this is spectacular entertainment. I can't wait to see it again and episode VIII can't come soon enough.