Star Wars The Force Awakens opens this week. We’ve seen it. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Director J. J. Abrams didn’t screw this up. If you love Star Wars, you won’t be disappointed.
2. The smartest move might have been to hire screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Evidence suggests that Kasdan understands what people love about Star Wars more than George Lucas.
3. Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren is the greatest movie performance by a Marine Corps veteran since Gene Hackman’s Popeye Doyle in The French Connection.
4. If you really care about Star Wars, stop reading the Internet and get to the movie as soon as possible. There are too many important plot developments that you’d rather learn about from watching the movie that from reading an online comment board.