Episode Seven in the Series
Directed by J. J. Abrams
Written by Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
Based on Characters by George Lucas
Starring Daisey Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac

There is very little point in my summarizing a movie that I am sure most of you have seen and also one that has already been analyzed by keener minds than mine. Just a few words then-the film-makers have done an outstanding job of anticipating just what was needed to get this series back on track: a new group of winning heroes, the old group of winning heroes, a villain to match Darth Vader, some great new creatures, some great old creatures, a plot that is more than serviceable, effects that will thrill you, lots of humor, lots of excitement. I can hardly think of a negative to throw out here. Perhaps a bit too calculating, a bit too on the nose. But hey, you’d be crazy to pass it up if there’s any kid left in you.

Patti Abbott
In addition to being the Crimespree Senior Film Critic, Patti has penned numerous short stories and her debut novel, CONCRETE ANGEL, is in stores now. She hosts a look at Forgotten Books every Friday with readers, writers and reviewers at She hopes you’ll join in.