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Thursday, January 07, 2016

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Mike K.

Well, I agree with most of your points but at the same time it made me feel like a little kid again so I can't complain too much. That said, I think that Star Wars got off lucky. JJ Abrams completely destroyed the new Star Trek movies (and Star Trek Beyond looks completely ridiculous). I'll never understand why he is lauded as a filmmaker. He doesn't have the best track record (Lost anyone?)

I suppose we should just be glad that he didn't kill Han, Chewie, Leia and BB8 in the first 15 minutes of the movie by crashing the Falcon into some kind of space rock made from red death matter. Then Luke would have to use his force powers to go back in time to warn them all and save the future.

It could have been worse. So. Much. Worse.

sirhc deSantis

"Stormtrooper bake sales" Best Line of 2016 ! More spoilers please.

(And against all odds actually liked the 2 new trek films)

Marjorie F

Mostly agree with you, WJA. The movie was a disappointment. And the reasons you cite are valid ones.

Thanks for speaking out.

Bixyl Shuftan

Too bad they didn't make movies based on the Thrawn Trillogy - https://foodonthetablesite.wordpress.com/2015/12/28/the-best-star-wars-story-that-will-never-make-the-movies/

UCMO

The Death Star contractor should be fired... always with the trenches, you would think they would learn not to put in trenches!

Toon Raider

The Force Awakens was the same thing as A New Hope?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdDVWh-1loU

Transformers no.5 might be a flop! if they make Unicron the size of a Football stadium instead of being a Planet that devours planets!

flops like Silver Surfer making Galactus into a rain cloud in the movie.

Short term they made money at the box office but alienated many fans forever the ones who buy all the cheesy aftermarket stuff.

Metacam Oh

Im glad someone else thought it was mediocre too.

Orca Flotta

Nothing wrong with Abrams's direction but the scriptwriter should be hung by his balls!


... oh, that was Abrams as well ... :o

Riesstu

Discontinuity? Three decades have passed in the Star Wars universe since the end of RotJ. That's simply too much ground to cover in one film, so shortcuts had to be taken. If you want the real story of what happened after the Empire's defeat, go to the Expanded Universe literature (which Disney unceremoniously declared non-canon, a massive slap in the face to both the fans and the people who worked on it). The Empire survived, albeit much reduced in size. It even had a name: the Imperial Remnant. It remained a powerful threat to the restored Republic, under leaders such as Grand Admiral Thrawn, Admiral Daala, and the truly evil Ysanne Isard (she murdered her own father, and frankly made Darth Vader look like a boy scout).

As for Han's death, I agree, it was shockingly casual, and far from the heroic sacrifice he deserved. Leia didn't get to do much except stand around looking miserable, and Luke's reappearance might as well have been held over to Episode VIII. Maybe he'll actually get to say something next time?

Plot elements and character types from Episode IV admittedly were recycled, but this happened many times in the EU: vengeful sith lords, power-hungry Imperials, planet-killing superweapons in the hands of despots, and a beleagured Republic fighting to stop them all...a cycle only broken by the appearance of the Yuuzhan Vong, which forced Empire and Republic to become allies.

That being said, Episode VII is better than the prequel trilogy - but then, so would sitting in a barrel of manure for six hours.

Aliasi Stonebender

I don't feel like admitting it because... I don't think the Force Awakens was a bad movie?

Iggy

I'll be a contrarian. I loved the film. I'm not a SW fanatic (Star Trek TOS or GTFO). I despised the prequels and disliked "Return of the Jedi." Yet "The Force Awakens" worked as a good Space-Opera yarn for me. Rey, Finn, and Poe are welcome additions.

SW has always been Space Opera, like Trek. It's not deep or intellectual SF in spite of the hokey religions and ancient weapons. But at its best it is tremendous fun. And I was at a local cinema in 1977 on opening day, you young whipper-snappers.

BTW, Han shot first and always will, Lucas you punk.

Eleri Ethaniel

pretty much the best rebuttal to all the over-dramatic FA HAS PLOT HOLES, AND IT SUCKS! articles out there.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/matty-granger/at-long-lastmy-star-wars-episode-vii-review-the-force-awakens-the-rise-of-idiot-/10153163095086277

Catten

Being a huge Star Wars fan I truly enjoyed it. I went out of the theatre with a huge grin on my face :D

Looking at the votes on IMDB, so did the majority of people.

Desmond Shang

I'm not sure, in the nearly infinite mathematical set of possible 'Star Wars Movies', that any particular one of them could have been universally good.

It's a generational thing. I think a lot of us really connected to Luke and his being stuck with chores and responsibilities, and a very uninspiring future, while the call and magic of greater things finally drew him to his hero's journey... and growing up in the process.

It's almost more fun watching a young person connect to that element of the story in the new movie, than watching the movie itself. You can see it on their faces, see them laugh at the funny parts, and actually relate a bit to the dysfunctional Han and Leia, much like young people today relate to aging hippies from the 60's. That was the whole point of the experience, I think.

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Also, sort of like remembering you enjoyed Pizza Planet as a kid. And upon your return as an adult you find the pizza a bit lacking, and there's a lot of racket from all those darned kids at the next table. What's changed, is us.

Mr. Obvious

After reading Eleri's review rebuttal-to-end-all-rebuttals...

...THE MOVIE STILL SUCKS.

Taste In Actual Quality

The hugest LOL possible at the worryingly pathetic, laughably tasteless, trolling geek prick you are and your equally retarded, cringe-worthy cryfest here, fucktard.

Force Awakens is still FACTUALLY the highest grossing/most critically and commercially acclaimed movie of 2015, shyte for brains. And no amount of pre-school level bitching and moaning will ever change that.

The sooner you learn this level of basic common sense, the sooner a human female will actually touch you for the first time ever.

You're welcome X )

Taste In Actual Quality

And little FYI for ya, nerd-boy.....

"Film Critics are people who GET PAID to write actual intelligent writing pieces for websites that actually generate money, not embarrassing stunted man-children who anonymously post pre-school quality, incoherent garbage to a fuckin' worthless, irrelevant BLOG URL.

XD XD XD XD XD XD

Even more actual facts/basic common sense. And all free of charge too!
You're oh-so welcome ; )

*out*

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