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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Discussion
Topic Started: Apr 29 2014, 08:52 PM (2,109 Views)
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Do you tofu?
So I'll weigh in. I'm assuming that pretty much everyone has seen it by now so...

Personally, I thought it was a great movie. It was very entertaining, had great music, a good pace, awesome visual and audio fx, and the acting was solid. Yes, it was a remake of Episode VI. However, I feel like this was all it could ever be. The prequels caught so much crap for various reasons, be it Jar Jar, both Anakin actors, the focus on politics, the over reliance on CGI, etc. that this next movie was really going to have to up the game. JJ was met with a task that I don't envy, how do you make Star Wars feel new and fresh, while at the same time make it feel like it spawned from the original trilogy?

Since this movie had the power to make or break careers depending on its success, I think he chose the safe route and made it feel very familiar to Episode VI while giving it a fresh flavor. Could it have been written more creatively? Absolutely! But I think the safe route was probably the best. Now that they have established the credibility of the new trilogy with new characters, they can be more adventurous with their screenplay.

My main gripes were the death of Han Solo and the choice of for the new Darth character. Regarding Solo, it sucks that they killed him off but I get why it was done. Ford isn't exactly the youngest guy in the world any more and despite getting a nostalgia trip when he walked on screen, it still didn't feel the same. Ford has aged, a lot, since he last played Solo, and it just wasn't the same. In a way, it had to end in order to make way for new heroes.

The new protagonist on the other hand, I just found completely obnoxious. Ignoring that he killed Solo, I just found him to be a little whiny and a cry baby, too much so to be a threatening enemy. He just has one of those faces you love to hate.

Other than that, I was happy with the movie. I saw it twice in theaters. I will own it on Blu-ray. I love Star Wars, original, prequel, or otherwise, so its difficult for me to feel it was bad.
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