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*my Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilery thoughts follow*
1) Captain Phasma was a bit lame... It felt like they hyped her up to be this cool new character or badass villain and if anything she was just a wimp who surrendered and betrayed her cause in the blink of an eye and never stepped into battle once -- the TR-8R stormtrooper bested her in every way, so that was weird. She has a LOT to make up for in the next movie and I'm not really sure how they'll do it after introducing her as anything but intimidating or powerful here.
2) Supreme Leader Snoke... I don't know, honestly I still really hope he's a giant. Alright maybe not THAT big as he was portrayed there with the hologram but if he were like 8 feet tall or something I think that'd be cool, just to change things up a bit rather than having yet another human sized bad guy. The Darth Plagueis fan theory about him makes a lot of sense too, what with him looking all scarred and almost corpse-like. That would be cool to see and connect him to the very first Star Wars movie (chronologically) what with him being Sidious' master then.
3) Luke... I like the fan theory that Luke's daughter is Rey and she was being trained by Luke with all the others, and then Kylo got jealous of her talent and started the massacre, but Luke or someone took young Rey and saved her, transporting her to safety and going into exile. All that would need to be explained is Rey's lack of recollection of that which could be explained by a bad bump on the head by a young Kylo during the massacre or something.
4) Kylo Ren... I just don't think he can be redeemed after killing Han Solo, and I hope that isn't part of the plot in the future. I hope killing his father was the big point of no return for him and he is just full on evil from here on out, not another Darth Vader thing.
5) Rey... I remember Abrams said that the two main characters purposefully had their last names kept secret, which everyone took that it meant that their last names are recognizable... Rey makes sense to either be well, the only two other recognizable names out there (unless she's a Solo too) and that's Kenobi or Skywalker. But Kenobi wouldn't really make sense cause it would have to be like Obi Wan's daughter's daughter's daughter or something and he never was really was a Skywalker in terms of the force or anything, so Luke's daughter makes the most sense (if she's a Solo I would think Leia would've said something after her father died in front of her and before she sent her away but who knows maybe not?). Which brings me to
6) Finn... or maybe Abrams was only referencing Rey when talking about purposefully hidden last names? Because really, would anyone *really* give a shit if Finn was the son of Lando? Just feels like a pointless reveal, especially with Han Solo gone
7) Hux... I don't know, I still hope he turns out to be a Skywalker or something (he looks just like Luke http://i1.wp.com/makingstarwars.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/mark-hamill-Domhnall-Gleeson.jpg?resize=499%2C303) and there's gotta be something more to him with him surviving and all, he can't just be the basic General type guy but hey who knows... I hope his character is more than that, Gleeson's a much better actor than to just be locked into something so basic... but then again if he was a Skywalker you'd think Leia would know that and it really didn't seem like she did. Or that Snoke would feel his force or whatever... hm...
8) Poe... if it ever happens it'll be a real ways off, after Episode IX, but still I would love to see a spinoff movie about fighter pilots, showing how Poe got to be the best. I kind of thought that's what Rogue One would be (I guess I accidentally connected Rogue One with Rogue Squadron or something). Or how about a new game telling Poe's prequel story in the vein of the Rogue Squadron series. Anyway, I hope to see more of him in the sequel. It seems like Rey, Luke, R2 and Chewie will spend a good chunk of the sequel together so to me that seems like (aside from the time spent on Kylo, Hux and Snoke) the other side of things will feature Leia, Finn, Poe and BB-8 so I'm hoping we see Finn and Poe go on a bit of an adventure themselves while Rey trains with Luke.
|Directed by:||J.J. Abrams|
|Written by:||Michael Arndt|
|Cast:||Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max Sydow, Daisy Ridley, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong'o|
|Genre:||Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Science-Fiction|
+ fantastic special effects
+ great cast (Boyega was even better than expected, as was Driver - it was refreshing to see such a conflicted, angsty and off the rails villain in SW. Ridley was damn good and Isaac was as well, though I wanted to see more of him. Ford came back and had some good fun as Solo)
+ well directed/shot
- far too many rehashed beats in the script ( to the film's detriment they needlessly and lazily copy bits from the OT. *minor spoiler follow* Most notably the cantina bar scene, what amounts to yet another death star, and finally how it is destroyed ...it almost just felt like unimaginitive post ROTJ fan fiction, though that's a bit harsh. I mean really, just change those things and the movie would've benefited greatly *spoilers end*)
- very underwhelming score (easily the weakest in the series to my ears. Nothing stuck out. Like with Jurassic World I wish they had even just used the classic themes more)
- surprisingly poor 3D
After a first watch I give it a light 7. It's very well made and I definitely look forward to seeing it again on blu but I was surprised and disappointed with how the movie relied on copying the past. The small nostalgic references and nods to the past were fine and fun, but it's when the movie copies big iconic scenes and ideas from the OT rather than just simply doing something original that it falters. It's weird because all of the new stuff in the movie was actually great and far more compelling than any of the 'I've seen this before' stuff. It's just pretty confusing why they would do this, is that really fan service? To me that un-originality took away from the movie. Still, I enjoyed seeing it and it definitely felt to me like A New Hope in not only the aforementioned ways, but also in the sense that while solid - it definitely feels like the best is yet to come with the sequels. Can't wait for more.