It’s the darkest Star Wars movie yet: Should you take the kids to see The …

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Critics hail new ‘Star Wars’ movie.

Yes, it’s only wardrobe, but that small clothing choice is emblematic of the new direction in which the “Star Wars” franchise seems to be heading — a franchise that now has a woman as its hero. “Young girls can look at her and know that they can wear trousers if they want to,” Ridley told Elle in November. “That they don’t have to show off their bodies.” For six previous movies, “Star Wars” has been all about the boys.REUTERS: An Australian couple plan to marry on Thursday while they line up in Los Angeles for the first U.S. public showings of “Star Wars; The Force Awakens,” while movie theatres around the country held marathons of the previous films in the franchise.

And even Leia was often used as either a thing to be saved, a bickering romantic foil to Han Solo (Harrison Ford) or as eye candy in Jabba’s palace, wearing that infamous bikini. In the film, out Friday, she plays Rey, an orphaned desert scavenger who can repair ships, scale walls and take down enemies with her stick weapon — often while a male character stands helplessly by.

Here’s a roundup of reviews: Manohla Dargis, The New York Times: “The big news about ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is—spoiler alert—that it’s good! She is also mysteriously powerful in the ways of The Force. “In 2015, there was no scenario in which we weren’t going to bring balance to the way we tell these stories,” Kathleen Kennedy, producer of “The Force Awakens,” told Elle. “And Daisy had a physicality and a self-confidence that was so important to the character we were looking for. Despite the prerelease hype, it won’t save the world, not even Hollywood, but it seamlessly balances cozy favorites—Harrison Ford, ladies and gentlemen—and new kinetic wows along with some of the niceties that went missing as the series grew into a phenomenon, most crucially a scale and a sensibility that is rooted in the human.” Justin Chang, Variety: “Reinvigorating the franchise with a welcome surge of energy, warmth and excitement after the misbegotten cycle of prequels released between 1999 and 2005, incoming writer-director J.J. Abrams seems to have had the original three films firmly in mind when he embarked on this monumental new undertaking, structured as a series of clever if sometimes wobbly callbacks to a trilogy that captivated a global audience and helped cement Hollywood’s blockbuster paradigm.

Ridley has said that she had a “weird feeling” about the role. “I had four or five auditions over seven months, and it was a very emotional time,” she told the Hollywood Reporter in November. “My first few auditions really didn’t feel good, but my last audition suddenly felt like something clicked.” Director J.J. Still, the reassuring familiarity of Abrams’ approach has its limitations: Marvelous as it is to catch up with Han Solo, Leia and the rest of the gang, fan service takes priority here over a somewhat thin, derivative story that, despite the presence of two appealing new stars, doesn’t exactly fire the imagination anew.” Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter: “The Force is back. Abrams has said he was intentionally looking for fresh faces that “the audience could discover as these characters, not as actors they’d seen elsewhere.” She first discovered acting while attending the posh private Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, located about an hour outside London (Jessica Brown Findlay of “Downton Abbey” is an alumna). Selfridge” and played a murder victim on the crime drama “Silent Witness.” “On the first day of filming, we hung her upside down in a prison cell,” Lee Jones tells The Post of the sci-fi short film “Blue Season” that he directed in 2013 starring Ridley. “Another time, we were filming outside in the freezing cold, and she was just wearing a thin T-shirt, but she just battled on and kept going.” For starters, the “reedy” actress was asked to build muscle, in order to believably play someone who could hoist scrap metal and beat up Stormtroopers.

Or you can see it as the ultimate retreat into formula: ‘Let’s just make the same damn movie they loved so much the first time!’ There are moments when it feels like both of those things, profound and cynical, deeply satisfying and oddly empty. I thought I was gonna have a panic attack on the first day,” Ridley told UK Glamour earlier this month. “J.J. probably doesn’t remember telling me that my performance was wooden. Carrie Fisher gave her one piece of useful advice: “I said it’s hard to date once you’re a big ‘Star Wars’ star, because you don’t want to give people the ability to say, ‘I had sex with Princess Leia,’ ” Fisher said in Interview magazine. In another modern switch on the familiar Hollywood script, Ridley may not choose to stick with acting, where she’ll no doubt be left competing to play the bland girlfriend roles typically offered to young women.

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