January 04, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- meh

I finally managed to see it over the New Year's weekend, and about the only "spoiler" I was treated to ahead of time was that Episode VII is "very much like the original (Episode IV) ... incredibly so."

And that spoiler was spot-on.

While new (and young) fans may delight at the tale, those of us who grew up with the original trilogy will come walking away with a "been there, done that" feeling.

Let's see:

  • Desert planet setting in the first act
  • Orphaned protagonist with untapped powers
  • Smuggler with fuzzy companion who can make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs
  • Bad guy in dark mask with vocoder-amplified voice
  • Another Death Star
  • Good guys loose within Death Star to assist those attacking it from without
  • Speaking of which, another Achilles heel to a Death Star? Who gets the contract to build these things??
  • Major character death
  • Cute droid who's harboring secret plans
  • Wise old alien sage assists good guys
  • Death Star blows up planets
  • Death Star destroyed via said Achilles heel
  • Empire replacement "First Order" donned in Empire's Nazi-like uniforms

Nevertheless, I get what JJ Abrams had in mind -- bridging the generational gap and all. The movie is very good, without a doubt. It's just not the greatest thing ever -- which I was led to believe when it first hit theaters.

My current ranking for the Star Wars installments is as follows: Episode IV, V, VII, VI, III, II, I.

Posted by Hube at January 4, 2016 04:53 PM | TrackBack

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Dude, this new movie is good but NOT better than Jedi. You take that back!


Seriously, it was as if they stole all the fan favorite sections of the original trilogy and rehashed them. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun ride but there are plot holes here that are simply huge.

Lastly, Snoke has scars that look exactly like Vader's did in Jedi.

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