10 years ago, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith closed out the much-maligned Star Wars prequel trilogy, with many fans believing this movie would be the last big-screen adventure set in the beloved galaxy far, far away. There were rumors for years about a trilogy that would follow Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, but it wasn't until Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion in October 2012, that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was officially happening... without franchise creator George Lucas. Tonight, Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally hits theaters, starting a new era of Star Wars films. There is still one big question that remains, though: is it any good?
If you believe the nation's critics, then the answer would be a resounding yes. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently sitting at an astounding 95% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 187 "Fresh" reviews and just 10 "Rotten" picks. Our own critic has already spoken, but we want to hear from our readers, to see what you thought about this sci-fi adventure fans have been waiting years for. Did it live up to your massive expectations? Or were you underwhelmed by director J.J. Abrams' adventure, set 32 years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will introduce three new heroes into the Star Wars universe, John Boyega's Finn, Daisy Ridley's Rey and Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron, along with Adam Driver's villainous Kylo Ren. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher are also reprising their iconic roles from the original trilogy. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens supporting cast includes Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke and Max von Sydow as an unidentified character.
The beloved droids R2-D2 and C-3PO are also back for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, along with a new addition to the Star Wars robot family, BB-8. When the first trailer debuted last November, most fans assumed that this ball droid was a CGI creation, but J.J. Abrams shocked fans around the world by bringing the actual BB-8 onto the stage during Star Wars Celebration back in April. It was revealed that a company called Sphero created the technology behind BB-8, who is poised to be a new fan favorite in the Star Wars universe.
J.J. Abrams directs Star Wars: The Force Awakens from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are serve as producers with Tommy Harper and Jason D. McGatlin executive producing. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be followed by the first spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, arriving on December 16, 2016. Star Wars: Episode VIII is slated for release on May 26, 2017, with Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo Movie arriving on May 25, 2018 and Star Wars: Episode IX premiering sometime in 2019.
So, what did YOU think of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Chime in with your thoughts below, but please be cautious about posting any SPOILERS. While many fans will undoubtedly be seeing this for the first time tonight, others will surely wait until the weekend, or perhaps even until after the busy holiday season to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so be mindful of ruining the movie for everyone who hasn't had a chance to see it yet. So, with all of that being said, chime in with your reactions to Star Wars: The Force Awakens below.