After the underwhelming prequels from some years ago, disgruntled Star Wars fans had been waiting – and waiting, and waiting – for films worthy of the excitement, spirit and energy of the original trilogy. Thankfully, The Force Awakens delivers a terrific, invigorating sequel.

 Shannon Maile

So unless you’ve removed yourself to a remote island off the coast of Finland you’ll know that the world is currently undergoing a severe bout of Star Wars hysteria.
It’s taken the human population by force (ha, get it?), and whether you’re a die-hard fan or completely oblivious to any of the previous Star Wars franchise, nobody can escape from it simply because it’s all over your Facebook feed.
So why the big fuss? It’s been 10 years since the last instalment of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith so it was no doubt that we were all somewhat excited to have a new addition to the collection, but the question on our lips is, was it worth the wait?
This time around we have a brand new director by the name of JJ Abrams who expertly takes the reins from George Lucas and a shiny new set of characters for us to explore which gives the film a bit of a boost and a softer approach for new coming fans.
The “good guys” are none other than Rey, our heroine of the film but previously a female scavenger living on a dismal desert planet, Fin, who was a Stormtrooper for the vicious First Order but now wants an escape from his past, and of course a brand new droid called BB-8 for us to go “aww” at.
Oh but that’s not all, BB-8, like all sneaky droids, has crucial information on the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker for the Resistance, which leads our heroes into a spot of bother with the new and improved Sith order which is controlled by a villainous black-masked fiend, does that ring a bell for anyone?
Without giving too much of the plot away, the film itself wonderfully caters for all ages and interests.
For those who live on the nostalgic side of life, we have the re-birth of some of our most beloved and notorious characters such as Han Solo and Chewbacca (who are still, unsurprisingly, up to no good) and Princess Leia.
Without completely copying the plot for A New Hope, we do have a similar structure in place, Step 1: Kill Sith lord of your choice; Step 2: Blow up the new Death Star.
It also wouldn’t be complete without some father-son issues in homage to Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker and of course for the more soft-hearted viewers out there we have a bit of romance to spice things up every now and again but we also have enough action and spaceship chases and/or fights to entertain the most manliest of men who dare not stray from their action-loving ways.
This film could have easily died a painfully embarrassing death if left in the wrong hands but luckily it has outdone itself and will live another day.
With the prospect of more Star Wars films in the pipeline it’s safe to say that the excitement will never cease but it may not reach the same heights as this production.
If I had to pinpoint any disappointing aspects of the film, it would be the slight lack of originality with the plot but nevertheless it’s still a gem.
Prepare yourselves for a lot of shocks, a few laughs, and if you’re anything like my mother who still lives in her 1970s childhood nostalgia, there will be a lot of tear-jerking moments also.
All in all it’s a brilliant piece of film history which is already being proved by its success in the box office and a must-see for everyone regardless of whether you’re a sci-fi diehard or not.

Verdict: 9/10