Just like us, the new central characters in The Force Awakens—Rey and Finn—only know Han Solo and Luke Skywalker as legends. Just like us, they can’t quite believe they get to meet them and have adventures at their side. It’s terrifying, but it’s also fun. But co-writers J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan play the hits, and they do it with a practiced hand. There are winking references to Kessel Run parsecs and trash compactors; one character makes their home in a downed AT-AT. C-3P0 is still expositional comic relief. Jumps to hyperspace still pack a visceral impact, and whenever something doesn’t quite seem to make sense, TIE fighters blow it up, so whatever. The team cycles through so many of the same themes and tropes from the first trilogy, in fact, that at times The Force Awakens feels less like an Episode VII and more like a remake of Episodes IV through VI. You can almost visualize the screenplay being mapped to A New Hope, beat for beat.

What a relief it is, then, that the best parts of the movie are actually the new parts. We’re not going to give away any big secrets here. You’ll find them elsewhere on the Internet, if you want them. But you’re probably going to see the movie either way; why not be surprised? Trust your feelings. We’ll just say this: If you loved Star Wars once, everything you loved is back. And if you’re new? Welcome home.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the WIRED Video Review