Blavity had the honor to attend the NY premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at AMC Lincoln Square on Tuesday Night.

Everyone knows about Star Wars, but some people like myself really KNOW about Star Wars, being life long fans of the original trilogy and tolerating the prequels. Millennials like myself were not alive for the original screening of the movies, but the series still connected with the sci-fiction/fantasy nerd in all of us. A few years ago when The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm and announced three more films to the series, we were all skeptical. However, after seeing the film last night, my faith in the force has never been greater.

In the strongest case of “No one man should have all that power” in recent memory, J.J. Abrams was tasked with directing Star Wars a few years after he rebooted the Star Trek series. Fortunately, once again he was the right man for the job as the movie delivers in every single way by building on the foundation of the original series and sticking with a timeless formula. If you’re a fan of the series, the plot will be familiar. A new group of obscure and unlikely heroes rise up to overcome what is considered to be impossible odds. If you’re a newbie to all of this, then you can just sit back and enjoy an epic tale of good vs. evil in combination with some of the best acting, set pieces and CGI you will see all year.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an accomplishment in making blockbuster movies matter again as is evident by the record-breaking pre-sale numbers. However, its greatest accomplishment is in the casting — a Latino man, a black man and a white woman take the lead in the next generation of Star Wars to paint a diverse and contemporary picture of one of Hollywood’s most coveted franchises. I have always enjoyed the movies, but it felt different and more impactful seeing John Boyega’s character, Finn, hold a lightsaber for the first time.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a must-see and I suggest you all witness the next generations of heroes get off to a great start.


Watch the official trailer here.