“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Disney)

Chewbacca, played by Peter Mayhew, and Harrison Ford star in a scene from the movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Disney)

By Catholic News Service

After a 10-year hiatus, the iconic science-fiction franchise is rejuvenated courtesy of a lucid plot, abundant humor and the introduction of two dynamic new heroes: a young scavenger (Daisy Ridley) and a disaffected foot soldier (John Boyega) of the Dark Side. Together, they help Jedi warrior Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his sister and ally General Leia (Carrie Fisher) battle a fascistic army (commanded by Andy Serkis).

Director and co-writer J.J. Abrams brings a steady hand, if not much technical innovation or visual flair, to this seventh installment of the intergalactic saga. Just enabling the duo of newcomers to deliver such compelling performances, however, turns out to be the key to revitalizing the blockbuster series. Much stylized fantasy violence.

The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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