I'VE finally been to see the new Star Wars film and have taken my place among the legions who reckon it's an awesome film.

However, I do wonder if my appreciation has a touch of Malcolm Turnbull syndrome about it.

I'm referring here to the effect that allows Malcolm Turnbull to get away with doing pretty much anything he wants, because at least he's not Tony Abbott.

So, even though I'm pretty sure JJ Abrams' Star Wars stands on its own as an epic film, I have to admit one of the strong feelings I had as I exited the cinema was relief that there was no Jar Jar Binks (actual or equivalent) and no midi-chlorian moments.

In that sense, JJ might have been able to turn out anything and still won the respect and appreciation of those of us still traumatised by George Lucas's prequels.

I also feel relief that I can now, once again, safely view my Facebook feed without fear of stumbling over a spoiler.

I think it's safe to say "relief" is probably not the emotion JJ was trying to invoke with the new film - which, like the originals, is basically just a rollicking adventure - but it may have been unavoidable.

And despite the little roller coaster of emotion provoked by the new film, I have to remember there are some people for whom it inspires nothing at all.

As one of my colleagues pointed out in this column on Saturday, there are some people who have never seen Star Wars, think Stargate Atlantis is a movie, and, presumably, enjoy a diet of dry white toast.

Far better it is to have to endure a few rounds of Jar Jar Binks than miss out on the decades of fun and adventure delivered by Star Wars and its ilk.

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