I can safely say that SW:TFA is the 3rd best *Star Wars* movie in the franchise. And let’s be clear: it would take a miracle for JJ Abrams to create something better than *A New Hope* or *Empire Strikes Back*.
This is easily the funniest movie in the franchise. Almost (but not every) funny moment revolves around Harrison Ford.
The movie isn’t without its flaws, but those flaws are minor, and of course this is *Star Wars*, so I’m being overly critical.
A few good things to report: BB-8 — the spherical droid — is cute, without being overly cute. JJ is mature enough as a story teller to avoid crap like Jar Jar Binks. All of the fight scenes, whether hand-to-hand, sword-to-sword, or fighter-to-fighter are good, and some are great, but none drag on longer than they need to. There’s never one of those, “OMG, would someone kill someone here so we can move on with the story” type of fights.
The acting was spot on. The casting of Daisy Ridley, as Rey, and John Boyega, as Finn, are marvelous. I’m really looking forward to seeing their characters develop, as the saga continues.