This spoiler-free recap of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is for Fandango Family as part of my Fandango Family Ambassadorship. All photos used are property of Walt Disney Studios.
OMG Star Wars! I cannot begin to tell you how long we’ve been waiting for THIS movie. We’ve already seen it several times, including with the kids, and plan to see at least once more during the winter break.
Your Family’s Moviegoing Persona
Moviegoers: Mom 40, Dad 44, Sebby 7 (almost 8), Quincy 5, Edison (nearly 3)
Family faves: The Despicable Me franchise, Cars and Planes, Inside Out
Fave movies for grown-ups: James Bond films, Marvel (though the kids watch some of those too)
Review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
What’s the story: It’s been nearly 30 years since we’ve seen some of our old Star Wars friends. We start their story again in The Force Awakens. Since we last saw them, the Galactic Empire has been defeated and a new threat has risen to replace it, The First Order. A group of heroes, both old and new, along with the help of the Resistance attempt to stop them.
What parents may like about this movie: Seeing The Force Awakens was like seeing an old friend. I felt like I was taken back in time to the movies I love as a child – I felt like a little kid again. It was really wonderful to see our favorite actors on the big screen again.
What kids will like: My kid’s favorite characters, no surprise here, were the droids. Especially BB-8. The space battles are pretty awesome and will get the attention of kids too.
Concerns: If you have sensitive children, I recommend screening this movie without them first, even if they have previously seen the other Star Wars movies. While some children may be fine, others could be upset about some aspects of the storyline.
Bottom Line: This is where you write about the specifics of the movie with comments and rate on a scale of 1-5. See examples below.
Positive themes: Rey, a new hero in the Star Wars storyline, proves to be a new female role model. Her character grows and develops in the film as she faces challenges in her pursuit to help stop The First Order. 5/5
Violence/scare factor: The Force Awakens has the potential to upset young children or even sensitive adults. As in other Star Wars films, there are people killed by the “bad guys” and there are planets blown up. 3/5
Sex/Romance: There are no sexual undertones in The Force Awakens. There is hugging, but that is it. 1/5
Bad language: One of the great things about the Star Wars Movies is there is very little, if any bad language. If it was there, we missed it. 0/5
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened in theaters on December 18, 2015