THE FORCE AWAKENS: John Boyega, Peter Mayhew (as Chewbacca) and Harrison Ford in a scene from the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Supplied by Disney. Please credit photo to David James.
THE FORCE AWAKENS: John Boyega, Peter Mayhew (as Chewbacca) and Harrison Ford in a scene from the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Supplied by Disney. Please credit photo to David James. David James

REVIEW: Film reviewer Chews’s to reveal Star Wars spoiler

DOES your heart flutter to the sound of a sabre illuminating, be it red, green or blue?

Does your mind go into a spin to see a mosaic of galactic battle laser fire between tie fighters and x-wing star fighters?

Does your smile stretch from ear to ear when you hear the sound of Chewbacca's grow?

Than this review is dedicated to you.

But warn you, I must. Spoilers, this review contains.

My justification for mentioning them is as simple as this: if you're a hard core fan of the Star Wars franchise, than chances are you will have already seen the movie, and for some of you, several times over.

With the Galactic Empire destroyed 30 odd years ago, the galaxy now faces a new threat: a new faction known as The First Order.

Commanded by a young and ruthless Sith Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), their main mission is to destroy all who oppose them and rid the Galaxy of all Jedi, including Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) (the last known Jedi who has gone missing in action).

Luke's unknown location is a main concern for the likes of General Leia Organa from the Resistance, who is desperate to find him and restore order to the galaxy before it's too late.

Meanwhile Finn (John Boyega), a rebellious First Order Stormtrooper and Rey (Daisy Ridley), a scavenger from the planet of Jakku acquire Luke's location through a BB-8 droid.

Barely escaping the clutches of Kylo Ren and his troopers, Rey, BB-8 and Finn make haste in the Millennium Falcon, where they are tracked by the heroic Han Solo and Chewbacca.

The unexpected team meet up with General Organa where a plan is put into action to fight and resist the First Order and find Luke Skywalker.

Unlike the insufferable Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith that left a bad taste in many a mouth, Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings back the 'old school' to a new age.

There's a somewhat heart-warming feeling to see Harrison Ford and Chewy reunited with the Millennium Flacon once more: "We're home" reinforces that.

Even Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) carries herself with such grace and beauty as she did in the original films.

Unfortunately parenting for Solo and Leia was not as easy as destroying the Galactic Empire - their son 'Ben' falling to the dark side to become the infamous commander of the First Order.

Though not as strong as the all mighty Darth Vader, Kylo was ambitious he would finish what the powerful Sith Lord had started.

In true Star Wars style, this action-packed tale of a galaxy far, far away does not disappoint.

You are truly taken in by characters, new and old, and charmed by their own unique strengths, weaknesses and personalities.

Even the Stormtroopers have been hard at training since their last galatic fight, making the First Order Trooper more badass than ever.

Of course, what is a Lucas Film without a little heart-break and this time it comes in the form of Han taking a sabre to the chest by his own son.

A moment that, while may not have been a complete surprise, still held just as much heart-ache - especially when seen by his best friend, Chewy.

Engage enraged Wookie mode: Chewie is mega-mad - but perhaps not quite as angry as how I would have like to have seen.

Could I suggest that a backhand strike to a handful of Stormtroopers over the non-guard railed pavement wouldn't be out of the question considering what had just unfolded.

Seriously - they still don't have guard rails after 30 years - does the new Starkiller Base not employ a workplace health and safety team?

If you're not shedding, or close to shedding a tear for Chewbacca in mourning, you truly have no soul.

But alas, there is some hope for the Resistance as in the final minute of the movie, they uncover the location of Luke Skywalker.

Rey, who has only just discovered her very own Jedi powers, jets into the galaxy to see him standing magnetically on a hilltop - his hair and beard dancing in the breeze.

End Scene on powerful iconic Star Wars symphonic music.


And now it's onwards to 2017 for Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens


Starring: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew


Rated: M


Reviewer: Tamara MacKenzie


Verdict: VII out of V Chewbacca growls