Best Movie of the Decade

starwars-fa posterI just saw the best movie I’ve seen in a decade… twice!

For those who have been following my Insta or Twitter… you’ve been hearing little blips of my excitement about the new Star Wars film that premiered this weekend. I went with my son on opening day (official opening day, Friday… I’m getting too old for midnight premiers), and then again with my girls the next day.

Sooooooooo good!

It was so fun, not only as a 45-year-old man who saw the original Star Wars as a kid back in 1977, but also as a parent now seeing this film 37 years later with my own teens.

But don’t let me lead you astray; this film isn’t dependent on the momentum and nostalgia of the past films. Star Wars: The Force Awakens stands on it’s own. Star Wars fan or not, you’re gonna love this film. It’s creative, it’s compelling… it’s funny! The Star Wars franchise made a wise choice putting director JJ Abrams at the helm. He made a film true to the original… but with better acting!

One of my favorite moments in the film was watching my 18-year-old daughter Ashley watch this film. Ashley is a huge fan of the series, Episodes IV-VI (the original trilogy) far more than I-III. I watched her during the closing shot of the film, as she grew in eager anticipation (I can’t tell you why; I won’t spoil it). She became so emotional (I won’t tell you what emotion)… she literally teared up.

(I might have just a little also.)

If you’re curious about our official two cents, check out our review on our MOVIE REVIEWS & QUICK Q’s page, including discussion questions and scripture.

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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2 Responses to Best Movie of the Decade

  1. I watched it too over the weekend and it was more than I expected it to be! Every things is so high def yet stuck to what I knew about the series! I recommend you all to watch it!

  2. Sean says:

    I wouldn’t say it’s the best film of the decade, nor the best sequel of the year. I’d put it behind Mad Max and Creed, but yes it was a great movie. I lament, however, that the movie wasn’t more original.

    Still good camera work from JJ, and many great characters. Kylo Ren being my fav.

    Could have done without the Death Star 3 plot.