I was a little late in getting to see Episode 7; a combination of family illness & Christmas meant I had to wait until December 30th to see the movie. Desperately trying to avoid spoilers for 2 weeks is hard work but it was so worth it!
I went to watch it with my daughter who saw it on the opening night. She enjoyed it as much second time round and I'm not surprised. It was everything I wanted from Star Wars: history, loved characters, new characters to love, action, adventure, tragedy (I'm not ashamed to admit I shed a tear at a couple of points!)
It's a rare film that has this much hype and delivers. The director is to be congratulated, not only for a great movie but also for treating fans' passion with so much respect and sensitivity.
The visual effects are stunning, some of the battle scenes left me genuinely breathless. The locations were well chosen too.
And no Jar Jar! Like I said, everything I'd hoped for!