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We finally got to see Force Awakens. I'm still thinking about it the next day, which is a good sign. It was definitely good enough to see, although I'm a little sad I didn't go with one of the super-pumped opening weekend crowds. The energy would have been awesome.

I'm in a place right now where the return of the old stuff really didn't do much for me other than elicit a few smiles-- and there was a lot of homage. The parts that gripped me were where they went somewhere new, and fortunately there was a lot of that too. Even better, unlike the prequels the heart was there. You care about the characters and what happens to them. Kasdan's presence in the writing room is palpable, and it's probably not much of an exaggeration to say that my favorite part of the movie was the humor.

I have some gripes and I'm not one of the OMG BEST MOVIE EVER people, but I definitely left the theater wanting more. I'm genuinely excited for the next one, which should break the mold more and use the excellent framework that this one sets up.

The one thing I'm wondering is how this movie works for kids who've never seen the other movies. I really hope this will be one of those movies for young people, like the originals were for me. But on that one only time will tell.

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