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Newest ‘Star Wars’ film draws high praise

Here is what others are saying about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”:

“It can’t be said enough — not nearly enough — that none of us would be here tonight without the miraculous creation of one man. George Lucas, from the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of everyone involved with ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ thank you, sir.”

J.J. Abrams, director of “The Force Awakens”

“Well, in the ’70s nobody knew what to anticipate. Nobody had ever seen anything like it. Now we have to live up to what the first films delivered.”

Harrison Ford, who plays Han Solo

“I’m pleased to report that, even if I’ll probably never be as transported as I was by “A New Hope,” “The Force Awakens” is a credit to the “Star Wars” franchise, and a very promising suggestion of what’s to come next a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.”

Alyssa Rosenberg, The Washington Post

“Perhaps the greatest triumph of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is that it justifies the enormous hype. No small feat, that.”

Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post Dispatch

“Abrams understands what George Lucas never quite figured out: that we’re less interested in the science fiction future than we are in revisiting the past.”

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“’The Force Awakens’ strikes all the right chords, emotional and narrative, to feel both familiar and exhilaratingly new. Filled with incident, movement and speed, dusted with light layers of tarnished ‘used future’ grime, it captures the kinetic energy that made the first film, from 1977, such a revelation to filmgoers who marveled at Lucas’s mashup of B movies, Saturday-morning serials, Japanese historical epics and mythic heft.”

Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“J.J. Abrams may not elevate the language of “Star Wars,” but he sure is fluent in it. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is no more and no less than the movie that made us love it in the first place. In fact, it’s basically the same thing. Isn’t that what we all wanted anyway?”

Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press

“I loved it. I thought J.J. did an amazing job. My favorite part was just seeing the camaraderie between the veteran and the new cast members.”

Actor Zach Braff after the premiere

“Here’s why ‘The Force Awakens’ works. The actors all get a little piece of the action. Sounds like a no-brainer, but so many effects-driven spectacles really don’t care about the faces on screen. Here you get a swell array of mugs, older and newer.

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“Seeing this movie is like going to a party made up of people you have known for years mixed in with an engaging group of new faces. No matter the mixture, the result is magical. … Using comedy in a perfect amount, as in this movie, is a reminder to the audience that this is a film designed to be fun. Don’t spend extra time pondering the numerous “what if” moments that pop up, but instead just sit back and go on a ride that will be as much fun the 10th time as it is the first.”

Rick Bentley, Fresno Bee

Star Wars time capsule

“Star Wars” is the kind of movie we are talking about when we say ‘They don’t make ‘me like that any more.’  “Star Wars” is a smashing, energy-packed action film, a futuristic space adventure, a romantic fantasy about a young man and a beautiful princess, a tale of heroes and villans, the triumph of love and goodness over evil.” — Eve Reynolds, TGIF editor, in her review of the first film.

Adult tickets to see the original movie at Mullendore Theaters in Tacoma were $3.50.