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  1. December 26, 2015 at 12:46 pm — Reply

    FANTABULOUS! Agree, agreed. I don’t want cynicism. That’s part of our modern-day problem. I’m not sitting in sentimentality either pretending there weren’t problems with the film: you addressed them. It doesn’t negate the re-immerging of the transcending beauties. What is wrong with nodding to your elders anyway? How about we all hold hands as we enter the future anyway. Can we heal the gap we’ve got within generations please? Talking about Star Wars is something that crosses every kind of divide you can come up with. I am so grateful it has been released in my and my children’s lifetime. This was a great review and a great way to review it.

  2. John M
    December 31, 2015 at 7:29 pm — Reply

    I think asking the new films to be “as iconic” as the original trilogy is a difficult feat. Still, you have:
    a) The crashed (Super?) Star Destroyer on Jakku
    b) The bloody hand on the Stormtrooper helmet
    c) The melted Darth Vader helmet
    d) The cross-bladed lightsaber and the lightsaber fight in the snow
    e) The sun going out and the darkness covering KR just as he completes his choice

    But where it also has dozens of clever and fun enjoyable moments, which are going to make it watchable again and again and again.

    • January 12, 2016 at 11:26 am — Reply

      John M – I agree, those are some truly great iconic moments in the new movie.

      Awesome review Jeffrey!

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet

Novelist and critic Jeffrey Overstreet teaches writing (Seattle Pacific University) and film studies (Northwest University and Houston Baptist University). He's written a memoir of moviegoing and faith (Through a Screen Darkly, Baker, 2007) and a fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors (The Auralia Thread, Random House, 2007-11). He's worked since 2001 as a film critic and columnist at Christianity Today, and he's been a regular contributor to Image, Paste, and Christ & Pop Culture. His writing has been recognized by The New Yorker and The Seattle Times. He regularly speaks at universities, conferences, and churches in the U.S. and abroad. Want to invite him to teach or speak? Email