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12.18.2015

We're home. Well, at least that's the hope. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has finally arrived after years of anticipation, secrecy, and teases. JJ Abrams has continued the original saga that kicked off with Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), adding in a new generation of stars to carry the torch, including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver. Screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt, and JJ Abrams have taken George Lucas' beloved universe and spun it into a new trilogy, one which fans never expected to see in this life or the next. The result? Well, that's up to you.

With reviews hitting the net this week, it looks to have been a resoundingly positive experience, although those fans hoping for an across the board 10/10 will have to put those expectations in check and prepare for a satisfying start rather than some kind of GODFATHER-styled masterwork. While one could argue that it's near impossible to measure a Star Wars film universally (okay, except maybe Episode 1), there will likely be a lot of talk, speculation, excitement, and repeat viewings before all feelings are settled on this new kickstarter to the franchise. Our own Chris Bumbray gave it 8/10, saying "It’s not a perfect film but it’s far superior to all of the prequels and exactly the movie fans have been waiting the last thirty years for."

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Rotten Tomatoes: 279 reviews, avg score: 95% Fresh
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9:02PM on 12/22/2015

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I thought it was a good film overall, but I have some serious issues with it that I will share.

1) Chewbacca and Han. Ford slipped back into the role like it was a comfortable pair of slippers and was great, but they seemed to turn Chewie into a pussycat. He was pretty wimpy - funny but wimpy and not the imposing Wookie we were introduced too in ANH. Also his accuracy with his weapon was pretty bad, bad enough Han took his gun to use and then acted like he had never shot it before. These
I thought it was a good film overall, but I have some serious issues with it that I will share.

1) Chewbacca and Han. Ford slipped back into the role like it was a comfortable pair of slippers and was great, but they seemed to turn Chewie into a pussycat. He was pretty wimpy - funny but wimpy and not the imposing Wookie we were introduced too in ANH. Also his accuracy with his weapon was pretty bad, bad enough Han took his gun to use and then acted like he had never shot it before. These 2 have been best friends for what - 50 years - and he has never shot his gun? Then when Han is killed, Chewie lets out a howl and we see some badassery from him but then he doesn't care that his best friend is lost. Sure you get 3 seconds of him looking down and whining, but that is it. They fly back to base and he walks right on by Leia without a care. Doesn't go to her to tell her what happened or seek comfort, just doesn't give a rip. LAME and shows a real lack of character building between these two pivotal characters of the franchise.

2) Kylo Ren gets beaten by a girl who has never touched a sabre before? Almost beaten by Finn? Lame

3) Seems like A New Hope remake, too similar of stories

4) The last shot of Luke and Rey was too long and frankly kinda awkward.

5) BB-8 is an R2-D2 ripoff

I could go on, but why?
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3:02AM on 12/22/2015

Lol at people saying it's a remake of Ep. 4

Oh wow, they blew up an enemy base, must be exactly the same film.

Ep. 4 plot: young guy dreams of joining the rebellion, does, helps cripple the Empire.
Ep. 7 plot: the greatest and last Jedi is missing; we must find him before the newly arisen bad guys do.

Sure sounds like the same movie to me.

Personally I loved it. Hit all the right notes but wasn't a rehash, with lots of humor and emotion. Great flick that I'll be seeing again.
Oh wow, they blew up an enemy base, must be exactly the same film.

Ep. 4 plot: young guy dreams of joining the rebellion, does, helps cripple the Empire.
Ep. 7 plot: the greatest and last Jedi is missing; we must find him before the newly arisen bad guys do.

Sure sounds like the same movie to me.

Personally I loved it. Hit all the right notes but wasn't a rehash, with lots of humor and emotion. Great flick that I'll be seeing again.
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8:52PM on 12/22/2015
Pick and choose your points, sorry doesnt work. The plots have obvious similarities that I will touch on, but only a couple as anyone can see them all if they open them peepers and watch the film.

1) Start off with the plans being placed in a droid to get to the rebels/resistance.
2) Han and Chewie being tasked with taking said droid and people to the rebels/resistance
3) a potential Jedi being one of those people mentioned in point 2
4) Big bad guy (Vader/Ren) wanting to kill the last
Pick and choose your points, sorry doesnt work. The plots have obvious similarities that I will touch on, but only a couple as anyone can see them all if they open them peepers and watch the film.

1) Start off with the plans being placed in a droid to get to the rebels/resistance.
2) Han and Chewie being tasked with taking said droid and people to the rebels/resistance
3) a potential Jedi being one of those people mentioned in point 2
4) Big bad guy (Vader/Ren) wanting to kill the last Jedi
5) Death Star - Death Star Knock Off
6) Surrogate father figure killed in front of the young person they are takin care of (Ben/Luke and Han/Rey)

I am sure if you use an internet search engine you can find so so so so many more. Glad you liked the film, but it is just like a remake. Very unoriginal plot.
6:22PM on 12/21/2015
9/10 for me. Small nit picks but so damn entertaining. Loved all the new characters and Chewie and BB-8 stole the show.
9/10 for me. Small nit picks but so damn entertaining. Loved all the new characters and Chewie and BB-8 stole the show.
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4:29PM on 12/21/2015

I really enjoyed the film but one disappointing factor which I can't believe I'm saying, but John Williams' score was missing spark, triumph and magic

John Williamsí is the best, I love everything this man does. However, this score is missing the thrill, the excitement, the joy, the triumph and the magic which is heard in every prior Star Wars score. Not saying the score is not good at all. Itís a good and solid score for an action adventure, but this is Star Wars Episode VII and itís missing all the wonder and triumph of the epic space adventure. Take Episode I, you have Duel of Fates, Anakinís theme, the Droid Invasion March, Jar-Jarís
John Williamsí is the best, I love everything this man does. However, this score is missing the thrill, the excitement, the joy, the triumph and the magic which is heard in every prior Star Wars score. Not saying the score is not good at all. Itís a good and solid score for an action adventure, but this is Star Wars Episode VII and itís missing all the wonder and triumph of the epic space adventure. Take Episode I, you have Duel of Fates, Anakinís theme, the Droid Invasion March, Jar-Jarís theme. Episode III, you have General Grievous theme, Battle of Heroes, Anakinís Seduction and Betrayal. Episode VI, you have the Imperial March, Han and Leiaís love theme, Yodaís theme, Cloud City's theme. With The Force Awakens you have Reyís theme and other than the usual Star Wars themes this is pretty much it. In every Star Wars film the score has been fantastic in every scene, even without the use of a rememberable iconic theme playing. Here the score is not very rememberable. It blends in and feels repetitive as it goes from scene to scene. In other words the score does not aid in telling the story at key times. In every previous Episode you could listen to the score and knew without seeing the film what kind of action was happening, or what the characters were feeling. Duel of Fates, a grand lightsaber battle. Anakinís Betrayal, the destruction of the Jedi. Anakinís Dark Deeds, the complete fall of Skywalker into the power of the Sith. The Pit of Carkoon, feelings of intensity for our captured heroes until they break free and Luke unleashes his Jedi training for the heroic rescue. The tracks In The Force Awakens for the lightsaber battle with Kylo Ren comes and goes without the listener even realizing what they just heard was a duel. John Williams has always been brilliant and consistent with his scores. What happened with The Force Awakens? Was it his old age? His is tried of doing these scores? I donít think it was any of these. Whatís missing is his collaboration with George Lucas. Lucas and Williams have collaborated on the music for all 6 previous Star Wars films. The Force Awakens was scored with Lucasí involvement. Which shows and says a lot about George Lucas not being involved anymore. Some magic has gone missing.
I really enjoyed The Force Awakens. Outside of film missing some of the grand Star Wars scope, and generic Fast and Furious style editing in the film's dogfight scenes, this was a really good film. But the score is possibly the weakest of the 7 films.
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10:25AM on 12/21/2015

I enjoyed it.

It got Star Wars back on track that's for sure. Chewy stole the show - best characterization of him yet. The movie feels like a missed opportunity. Plus side, real sets, real puppets, real sky, real wind, real sunlight. Good acting except for General Hux. I would love to have seen Hux cast as an older, grizzled, veteran of the Empire. The rehashed plot, the rehashed set pieces (deathstar, trench), and the weak casting of villians (Driver sucked, Hux was weak, Snoak was a joke and seemed
It got Star Wars back on track that's for sure. Chewy stole the show - best characterization of him yet. The movie feels like a missed opportunity. Plus side, real sets, real puppets, real sky, real wind, real sunlight. Good acting except for General Hux. I would love to have seen Hux cast as an older, grizzled, veteran of the Empire. The rehashed plot, the rehashed set pieces (deathstar, trench), and the weak casting of villians (Driver sucked, Hux was weak, Snoak was a joke and seemed completely out of place)., Snoak was a yawner.

Ridley was great. Boyega, nice job, loved him. The hero casting was much better than the villain casting. I did like that Driver was not in control of himself at times. A nice take on the process of his fall.
Good, not great.

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3:31AM on 12/21/2015

HmmmmÖ..

When they had no script ideas they broke the 'in case of emergency' script bottle containing the ANH remake script.
And just to add to the zaniness they threw in plot points that couldn't even justify their own existence.
A disappointing start, hopefully Rian delivers and not an ESB remake at that. 6.5/10
When they had no script ideas they broke the 'in case of emergency' script bottle containing the ANH remake script.
And just to add to the zaniness they threw in plot points that couldn't even justify their own existence.
A disappointing start, hopefully Rian delivers and not an ESB remake at that. 6.5/10
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1:32AM on 12/21/2015

Thrilled!

Such a cool movie. Three times in and I love it. Observations: 1. ships in flight seemed more true to life, the way the ties moved, x-wings performed in dogfights, and how the falcon handled itself in atmosphere. 2. Blasters seemed much more deadly and you could sense their stopping power. 3. All of the newer characters are competent in their occupation/skills , but you could feel they were young people who need the guidance/love of a parent. 4. Kylo Ren is fascinating. Light and Dark
Such a cool movie. Three times in and I love it. Observations: 1. ships in flight seemed more true to life, the way the ties moved, x-wings performed in dogfights, and how the falcon handled itself in atmosphere. 2. Blasters seemed much more deadly and you could sense their stopping power. 3. All of the newer characters are competent in their occupation/skills , but you could feel they were young people who need the guidance/love of a parent. 4. Kylo Ren is fascinating. Light and Dark still at war inside him, throwing tantrums when he didn't get what he wanted or win Snoke's approval. He and Hux acted like two kids vying for daddy's approval. 5. Rey and Finn's astonished excitement at the things they achieved. 6. The friendship between Poe and Finn. 7. Poe's positive 'we can do it!' Attitude. 8. A Steven Spielberg feel throughout.
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9:17PM on 12/20/2015
Lots of fun. Lots of emotion. Love all of the new characters and I enjoyed where they went with the old. Not a perfect movie but mighty fine. Looking forward to VIII even more!
Lots of fun. Lots of emotion. Love all of the new characters and I enjoyed where they went with the old. Not a perfect movie but mighty fine. Looking forward to VIII even more!
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8:58PM on 12/20/2015

It was a blast!!

For whatever minor faults the film may have, and they are minor, it doesn't matter. This movie was FUN, and that's all I ask for when it comes to Star Wars. I don't need it to be scientifically accurate in any way, I don't need any realism I would attach to most other movies. Star Wars is meant to excite the imagination and be fun, which this movie is in spades. Loved it!!
For whatever minor faults the film may have, and they are minor, it doesn't matter. This movie was FUN, and that's all I ask for when it comes to Star Wars. I don't need it to be scientifically accurate in any way, I don't need any realism I would attach to most other movies. Star Wars is meant to excite the imagination and be fun, which this movie is in spades. Loved it!!
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7:32PM on 12/20/2015

Yikes!

Just saw it today, and I have to say, that was pretty awful. So much of it was derivative and contrived. It felt like Star Wars went to series, didn't feel like a feature film at all. Very disappointing.
Just saw it today, and I have to say, that was pretty awful. So much of it was derivative and contrived. It felt like Star Wars went to series, didn't feel like a feature film at all. Very disappointing.
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3:51PM on 12/20/2015

It was magic on screen !!!

Mannn.... That movie made me laugh, cry (under my 3d glasses haha), give me chill, and the ending was sooooooo perfect !!! No word needed !!!!! It was chill, tears and a blast of emotions without any words ! Can't wait for ep8 :'( !!!!
Mannn.... That movie made me laugh, cry (under my 3d glasses haha), give me chill, and the ending was sooooooo perfect !!! No word needed !!!!! It was chill, tears and a blast of emotions without any words ! Can't wait for ep8 :'( !!!!
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3:52PM on 12/20/2015
A big thanks to JJ and everyone involved !! It make me feel like a kid again !
A big thanks to JJ and everyone involved !! It make me feel like a kid again !
3:24PM on 12/20/2015
I want a rematch between Kylo and Rey. There is no way in hell she could've beaten him that easy despite never being trained or use the lightsaber before, some might argue that Kylo was injured by Chewie, but for someone who can use the force and was trained by Luke, he should have no trouble defeating her. Otherwise, this is a solid entry to a new trilogy, and I can't wait to see what they come up with for the next episodes.
I want a rematch between Kylo and Rey. There is no way in hell she could've beaten him that easy despite never being trained or use the lightsaber before, some might argue that Kylo was injured by Chewie, but for someone who can use the force and was trained by Luke, he should have no trouble defeating her. Otherwise, this is a solid entry to a new trilogy, and I can't wait to see what they come up with for the next episodes.
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4:57PM on 12/20/2015
But we don't know that she has never had training. She was a little kid when she was left on Jaaku. Probably close to the age of the children slaughtered by Anakin in Ep. III and they were training with lightsabers. Also we saw one of Kylo's greatest weaknesses throughout the movie was his inability to control his temper which could lead to a novice being able to beat him. Especially someone that is as strong with the force as Rey.
But we don't know that she has never had training. She was a little kid when she was left on Jaaku. Probably close to the age of the children slaughtered by Anakin in Ep. III and they were training with lightsabers. Also we saw one of Kylo's greatest weaknesses throughout the movie was his inability to control his temper which could lead to a novice being able to beat him. Especially someone that is as strong with the force as Rey.
5:10PM on 12/20/2015
Rey was already good with a staff and Kylo was injured already by getting shot by Chewie so he wasn't 100%. I thought they made that obvious when he kept pounding his wound.
Rey was already good with a staff and Kylo was injured already by getting shot by Chewie so he wasn't 100%. I thought they made that obvious when he kept pounding his wound.
10:52PM on 12/20/2015
Yea a cross bow blaster to the gut will take the fight out of you. He was badly hurt when he took her on. So not surprised he got beat.
Yea a cross bow blaster to the gut will take the fight out of you. He was badly hurt when he took her on. So not surprised he got beat.
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12:55PM on 12/20/2015

Going to See it this week..

But unless they explain why over 30 years has gone by but planes, and space ships, and armour hasn't changed, or upgraded, or anything... That kinda gets under my skin, like why am i looking at an X wing that seems to be identical to empire strikes back, with the same battle helmet and gear. Does this not bother anyone else?
anyways glad that everyone likes the film, hoping the same from myself.
But unless they explain why over 30 years has gone by but planes, and space ships, and armour hasn't changed, or upgraded, or anything... That kinda gets under my skin, like why am i looking at an X wing that seems to be identical to empire strikes back, with the same battle helmet and gear. Does this not bother anyone else?
anyways glad that everyone likes the film, hoping the same from myself.
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1:10PM on 12/20/2015
Look harder, there's not a single thing that has been kept identical. Everything from the Stormtroopers to the Star Destroyers has been updated, including the X-Wings, the TIE Fighters and the pilots outfits.
Look harder, there's not a single thing that has been kept identical. Everything from the Stormtroopers to the Star Destroyers has been updated, including the X-Wings, the TIE Fighters and the pilots outfits.
1:13PM on 12/20/2015
Maybe because after a huge war they are more worried about getting back to normal than creating the next best fighter jet and also who cares?
Maybe because after a huge war they are more worried about getting back to normal than creating the next best fighter jet and also who cares?
3:49PM on 12/20/2015
The US has flown F16's since 1978...... 37 years.
The US has flown F16's since 1978...... 37 years.
3:31AM on 12/21/2015
also, there is a point where technology can conceivably slow down. Look at 1995 and 2015. Other than fashion the world is much like it was back then save small things like cds to mp3s, cell phones etc. but those are small things. Look at a US Battleship today and back in 1995....basically the same. F18s are still common use. lol buddy get a grip
also, there is a point where technology can conceivably slow down. Look at 1995 and 2015. Other than fashion the world is much like it was back then save small things like cds to mp3s, cell phones etc. but those are small things. Look at a US Battleship today and back in 1995....basically the same. F18s are still common use. lol buddy get a grip
9:49AM on 12/20/2015

Is Lando Finn's father?!?!

I don't think I've ever loved a movie with so many plot holes and convenient coincidences. The film was everything I hoped for and more. Echoing prior comments, loved the new characters, tears shed, and emotions were high during the final battle scene with Kyllo and Rey. I became a huge Finn fan (loved Boyega in Attack the Block) and excited to see what's in store for the franchise. Certainly more Poe, more R2, and even one or two new fun characters would be nice. Is Landlord Finn's father?!
I don't think I've ever loved a movie with so many plot holes and convenient coincidences. The film was everything I hoped for and more. Echoing prior comments, loved the new characters, tears shed, and emotions were high during the final battle scene with Kyllo and Rey. I became a huge Finn fan (loved Boyega in Attack the Block) and excited to see what's in store for the franchise. Certainly more Poe, more R2, and even one or two new fun characters would be nice. Is Landlord Finn's father?! That would be wild.
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12:27PM on 12/20/2015
I am DYING for Lando to at least make a cameo but him being Fin's father would be beyond lame.
I am DYING for Lando to at least make a cameo but him being Fin's father would be beyond lame.
11:51PM on 12/22/2015
You owe me for another month's rent!!!
You owe me for another month's rent!!!
9:26AM on 12/20/2015
"Not as good as the original trilogy"... why don't we cool down with the original trilogy worship? You really cannot compare them with the new one in terms of "what's better" because the first ones have already been placed on the pedestals of nostalgia and ingrained impossibly deep in pop culture lore. There was literally nothing quite like it before they came out, so the impact it had on our young pre CGI minds is really incomparable. The first time you experience something wonderful will
"Not as good as the original trilogy"... why don't we cool down with the original trilogy worship? You really cannot compare them with the new one in terms of "what's better" because the first ones have already been placed on the pedestals of nostalgia and ingrained impossibly deep in pop culture lore. There was literally nothing quite like it before they came out, so the impact it had on our young pre CGI minds is really incomparable. The first time you experience something wonderful will forever be ingrained in your heart. The ones that come after it will always be second best. It can never replace A New Hope but Force Awakens in itself is a wonderful film.
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3:35AM on 12/21/2015
But unfortunately we can compare because TFA is within 80% of being a ANH remake in terms of plot and plot beats. It was a cop out script and ignores long time fans apart from dropping a few tidbit OT references visually.
But unfortunately we can compare because TFA is within 80% of being a ANH remake in terms of plot and plot beats. It was a cop out script and ignores long time fans apart from dropping a few tidbit OT references visually.
9:11AM on 12/20/2015
Let's face it. You can't make every fan boy happy. It's just impossible. I loved every minute of this film and thought JJ did a great job. Of course this movie had it's flaws, but what movie doesn't right? I'll definitely be seeing this a few more times in theaters. Saw it in IMAX 3D and it was worth every penny.
Let's face it. You can't make every fan boy happy. It's just impossible. I loved every minute of this film and thought JJ did a great job. Of course this movie had it's flaws, but what movie doesn't right? I'll definitely be seeing this a few more times in theaters. Saw it in IMAX 3D and it was worth every penny.
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2:04AM on 12/20/2015
I saw it a second time and I was completely won over. I loved every new character and most importantly, I thought Han was great. I know many people are going to nitpick this movie as if the OT was without flaws. It is their right to do so. For me however, this one stands right up there with IV and V.
I saw it a second time and I was completely won over. I loved every new character and most importantly, I thought Han was great. I know many people are going to nitpick this movie as if the OT was without flaws. It is their right to do so. For me however, this one stands right up there with IV and V.
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10:27PM on 12/20/2015
Me too dude. Saw it twice and loved it more the second time. Captured the essence of Star Wars and just a blast.
Me too dude. Saw it twice and loved it more the second time. Captured the essence of Star Wars and just a blast.
10:54PM on 12/20/2015
Harrison Ford definitely owned this movie.
Harrison Ford definitely owned this movie.
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10:31PM on 12/19/2015

I agree with Chris.....

I thoroughly enjoyed it, but wouldn't go higher than an 8 (maybe even a hair lower). Better than Return Of The Jedi (and way better than any of the prequels), but not as good as the first two films. But kudos to JJ, the visuals and music (not to mention the emotion) were really off the charts good.

I will say I'm a bit disappointed with Boyega. I felt Fin missed the mark both in terms of emotional connection and his odd dialog. How exactly is a guy raised by stormtroopers going to talk
I thoroughly enjoyed it, but wouldn't go higher than an 8 (maybe even a hair lower). Better than Return Of The Jedi (and way better than any of the prequels), but not as good as the first two films. But kudos to JJ, the visuals and music (not to mention the emotion) were really off the charts good.

I will say I'm a bit disappointed with Boyega. I felt Fin missed the mark both in terms of emotional connection and his odd dialog. How exactly is a guy raised by stormtroopers going to talk with Earth slang? It would have played better if he started off more stilted and slowly adjusted.
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9:06AM on 12/20/2015
I never gave it any thought about Fin's character. Good observation.
I never gave it any thought about Fin's character. Good observation.
9:57PM on 12/19/2015
So... a movie that you have seen before with new actors and new visuals, but the same action... aka the Jurassic World version of Star Wars lol it was fun! not great, but I didn't expect it to be great. A 7/10
So... a movie that you have seen before with new actors and new visuals, but the same action... aka the Jurassic World version of Star Wars lol it was fun! not great, but I didn't expect it to be great. A 7/10
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8:34PM on 12/19/2015

The Force has Awakened

I have seen this film now 3 times, love it more with each viewing. Thing is, by the time the credits rolled I really didn't feel like I just watched a George Lucas film. People should be thankful of this aspect alone......
I have seen this film now 3 times, love it more with each viewing. Thing is, by the time the credits rolled I really didn't feel like I just watched a George Lucas film. People should be thankful of this aspect alone......
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8:13PM on 12/19/2015

Hate to sound corny but...

there was some magic on screen with this one. Its easy to get caught up in opinions but one thing is for certain, we should all be grateful for what we received here, just remember how bad it could actually be...with that being said this is my second favorite movie I've watched this year just a hair behind Creed.
there was some magic on screen with this one. Its easy to get caught up in opinions but one thing is for certain, we should all be grateful for what we received here, just remember how bad it could actually be...with that being said this is my second favorite movie I've watched this year just a hair behind Creed.
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10:27PM on 12/19/2015
I just saw Creed this week and have to agree. You can't really compare the two films (and I'm more likely to see Star Wars a second time), but I left Creed blown away by how good it was and how great the performances were. This was more like a satisfying overall film with some great moments, but not superb in any real way. I did like all the things they set up for the other films. They're giving it a chance to continue getting better each time.
I just saw Creed this week and have to agree. You can't really compare the two films (and I'm more likely to see Star Wars a second time), but I left Creed blown away by how good it was and how great the performances were. This was more like a satisfying overall film with some great moments, but not superb in any real way. I did like all the things they set up for the other films. They're giving it a chance to continue getting better each time.
7:42PM on 12/19/2015

7.7/10

The film isn't bad per say but it's easily the most forgettable entry of the saga. It adds so little to the universe it feels like a waste. It's basically new characters put into very familiar situations.
The film isn't bad per say but it's easily the most forgettable entry of the saga. It adds so little to the universe it feels like a waste. It's basically new characters put into very familiar situations.
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10:33PM on 12/19/2015
You're out of your mind. The three prequels were all awful. Return Of The Jedi was so epically stupid in sections that I still wince when I think about them. This was infinitely better than the Teddy Bear adventure.
You're out of your mind. The three prequels were all awful. Return Of The Jedi was so epically stupid in sections that I still wince when I think about them. This was infinitely better than the Teddy Bear adventure.
1:08AM on 12/20/2015
you are crazy. the ewoks brought in a much needed breath of funny cuteness for all the seriousness going all around them. Luke is slowly being seduced to the dark side. the entire rebel alliance is placing their their faith on essentially just han and leia. you need them teddybears to balance the whole thing! If I was there I would hug them, and cuddle them and call them george :D
you are crazy. the ewoks brought in a much needed breath of funny cuteness for all the seriousness going all around them. Luke is slowly being seduced to the dark side. the entire rebel alliance is placing their their faith on essentially just han and leia. you need them teddybears to balance the whole thing! If I was there I would hug them, and cuddle them and call them george :D
6:53AM on 12/20/2015
Thank you Jimmy. Although I think you still gave it a score it does not deserve. At most I would give it a 6 and those credits should go to the VFX and practical effects guys. What worries me about this film is the blatant plot stealing. If it was only me saying it then I wouldnt pay much attention to it. But the fact that pretty much everyone is saying it was basically 'A New Hope'. Doesnt fair well for the film industry. We are the audience and we should be holding film makers accountable.
Thank you Jimmy. Although I think you still gave it a score it does not deserve. At most I would give it a 6 and those credits should go to the VFX and practical effects guys. What worries me about this film is the blatant plot stealing. If it was only me saying it then I wouldnt pay much attention to it. But the fact that pretty much everyone is saying it was basically 'A New Hope'. Doesnt fair well for the film industry. We are the audience and we should be holding film makers accountable. Give me original ideas and not a formula. For really this is what made the Original Trilogy great, it was nothing people had seen before and it had heart.
11:38AM on 12/20/2015
I largely agree with you, Jimmy.
I largely agree with you, Jimmy.
11:42AM on 12/20/2015
It's OK if its not the most groundbreaking Star Wars movie ever. We are getting a new one every year from now until who knows when. Plenty of chances for someone to break the mold, and do something unique. I wouldn't say its the most forgettable, since such a big deal has been made of it, but you're right, its not the best or worst film in the series. Probably falls right in the middle. At least we got BB-8 instead of Jar Jar Binks.
It's OK if its not the most groundbreaking Star Wars movie ever. We are getting a new one every year from now until who knows when. Plenty of chances for someone to break the mold, and do something unique. I wouldn't say its the most forgettable, since such a big deal has been made of it, but you're right, its not the best or worst film in the series. Probably falls right in the middle. At least we got BB-8 instead of Jar Jar Binks.
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6:22PM on 12/19/2015
...and captain phasma without much persuading just lowers the shields just like that? Just "okayyyy I'll lower themmm"

It's a good movie overall but nowhere near as good as the originals, just too clunky and contrived.
...and captain phasma without much persuading just lowers the shields just like that? Just "okayyyy I'll lower themmm"

It's a good movie overall but nowhere near as good as the originals, just too clunky and contrived.
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4:21PM on 12/19/2015
I went into this film with the hopes that Abrams would do as good as he did with his original ST. Basically, a fun popcorn flick thats not trying to score oscars, but balance the familiarity of the originals while establishing new characters and stories for the new movies to come. I think he 100% accomplished that. Cant wait to see it again.

Pros:
-Han and Chewie feel like their old selves. Best part of the movie.
-Great new characters.
-Nice balance of CGI and practical effects.
I went into this film with the hopes that Abrams would do as good as he did with his original ST. Basically, a fun popcorn flick thats not trying to score oscars, but balance the familiarity of the originals while establishing new characters and stories for the new movies to come. I think he 100% accomplished that. Cant wait to see it again.

Pros:
-Han and Chewie feel like their old selves. Best part of the movie.
-Great new characters.
-Nice balance of CGI and practical effects.
-Little things like the echoing of the stormtrooper footsteps in the hallway and landscape shots really show their attention to detail and commitment to bringing back nostalgia of the originals.
-Lots of open ended questions for future movies. Who is Rey's family? (my guess is she's the twin sister of Kylo Ren) Who is Snoke? Why did Finn wake up and not want to be a stormtrooper?

Cons:
-The dialogue was weak at times. C-3PO and Leia's lines stand out, but Ren had amazing lines, and bad ones as well.
-The action wasn't as well choreographed. I can forgive this, but were any of the lightsaber battles on par with Darth Mauls? No. Were any of the spaceship battles on par with the originals or even the Jango Fett/Obi Wan chase in Clones? Unfortunately not. Still enjoyable however.
-Captain Phasma does seem like she was an amazing character that got short changed. I really hope she comes back in the new movies to kick ass instead of just dying in the trash compactor....
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10:36PM on 12/19/2015
I agree except for Fin (who I thought was a little lame), and the first Falcon/Tie Fighter battle. That was amazing.

He should have never done it in 3-D. Every time the action on screen got jerky it felt like I was getting car sick.
I agree except for Fin (who I thought was a little lame), and the first Falcon/Tie Fighter battle. That was amazing.

He should have never done it in 3-D. Every time the action on screen got jerky it felt like I was getting car sick.
11:34AM on 12/20/2015
I've gotta say, I saw it in 3D too, and I'm eager to see it again in its normal format. I've never been a fan of 3D, not for SW, Avatar, or even going as far back as Captain EO! Ok, ok, the Muppets 3D is enjoyable, but you get my point, which, if you don't, is I think the 3D makes the action look cheap at times, and I don't think the realness of it has advanced much in 30 years.
I've gotta say, I saw it in 3D too, and I'm eager to see it again in its normal format. I've never been a fan of 3D, not for SW, Avatar, or even going as far back as Captain EO! Ok, ok, the Muppets 3D is enjoyable, but you get my point, which, if you don't, is I think the 3D makes the action look cheap at times, and I don't think the realness of it has advanced much in 30 years.
12:32PM on 12/20/2015
Phasma's return has been confirmed.

Amen on 3PO and Leia. I was hoping they'd just leave 3PO out. Hopefully he gets little more than cameos.

I hate to sound shallow, but Fisher's plastic surgery makes me want them to get Leia written out of the story early into Episode VIII. It was like her jaw was wired shut.
Phasma's return has been confirmed.

Amen on 3PO and Leia. I was hoping they'd just leave 3PO out. Hopefully he gets little more than cameos.

I hate to sound shallow, but Fisher's plastic surgery makes me want them to get Leia written out of the story early into Episode VIII. It was like her jaw was wired shut.
11:57PM on 12/22/2015
Thought EP 1 was easily the best of the prequels thanks to Neeson and the villains, watch the lightsaber fights again and dont be distracted by Ray Parks athleticism. They are so horribly choreographed it is not even funny.

The characters are not swiging anywhere near each other most of the time. I find it hard to watch anymore after noticing that bit
Thought EP 1 was easily the best of the prequels thanks to Neeson and the villains, watch the lightsaber fights again and dont be distracted by Ray Parks athleticism. They are so horribly choreographed it is not even funny.

The characters are not swiging anywhere near each other most of the time. I find it hard to watch anymore after noticing that bit
4:11PM on 12/19/2015

Loved it...

Even with its flaws. I went Thursday night to an Imax showing ( and just seen it for a second time today). This was an event. It was awesome to enjoy a movie with so many fans. I'm not gonna get into what I enjoyed about it because overall, the movie was fantastic but it did have issues.

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I know itís going to sound like I didnít like it but I truly enjoyed the movie. I had a huge smile on my face the whole time. This is nitpicking on my part

The formula: I hear a lot of
Even with its flaws. I went Thursday night to an Imax showing ( and just seen it for a second time today). This was an event. It was awesome to enjoy a movie with so many fans. I'm not gonna get into what I enjoyed about it because overall, the movie was fantastic but it did have issues.

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I know itís going to sound like I didnít like it but I truly enjoyed the movie. I had a huge smile on my face the whole time. This is nitpicking on my part

The formula: I hear a lot of people saying itís A New Hope 2.0. I agree that its very similar to ANH but I didnít mind it. The only think I didnít like that much was Star Killer Base. This is a fan film made by a fan. I get it but I think they should have had something other than a Death Star 3.0. Still enjoyed it, just wish it was something different.

Captain Phasma: What a wasted character. Man, I was really hope to see her show off some skills in the movie. I thought she was gonna be a bad ass but she is so underused and did nothing in this movie. Not sure what the point of her was. Extremely disappointed with her character. If she died and doesn't show up for the next 2 movies, I'll be pissed. Hate to see her go out like a chump similar to Boba Fett

Poe: Loved him and would have liked to see more of him. Seems to be the new Han Solo. But I didn't like how they handled a few of his scenes. Well, its really a lack of scenes. A cut scene showing how he got back to the resistance would have been nice. Just an extra 5 minutes. I feel that him joining the fighter squadron fight and not explaining how he re-joined them was weak. Yes, I know he explained it to Fin, but I would have preferred a few extra scenes with him showing how he got off Jakku.

Knights of Ren: I could be wrong but I thought they planned on showing more of them. It was legit, 2 seconds of them standing behind Kylo Ren. Iím sure they will play a bigger part in the sequels.

Snokes: Probably didn't have to be CGI. Worried about him in the next few films being CGI. Could have easily done him with practical effects

C3PO and leia: Personally, I think they could have done the movie without them. Idk, I just wasn't impressed with them as I was the other characters

Han: I love Harrison Ford but I had my doubts on if he could pull it off. The last time he played one of his beloved characters (Indy 4), he phoned it in and it was horrible. I was extremely happy with his performance. Now to his death. I canít say I hated it and I canít say I like it. I feel like Harrison had too much influence on this. We know he wanted to kill Solo of in ROTJ but I feel that itís not his decision to make. People who love Star Wars, LOVE Solo. He's more the fans character than Harrison and I feel that he shouldnít have a say. That sounds rude but thatís how I feel. The roll is bigger than him. I hate the fact that I have to watch the old ones knowing the fate of one of the greatest characters in movie history. I feel that it was selfish of him but I guess It could be selfish of me to not want him to die. Oh and the end when Leia hugs Rey but her and Chewie donít even look at each other. You would think he would head right to her. That just seemed weird to me and now Iím ranting.

Luke: Lots of people disappointed that he shows up at the end for 10 seconds and doesnít say a word. I didnít mind it. I thought he looked awesome and Iím fine with waiting for him to be a badass in the second film.

Well, thatís all I really have. I know it sounds like Iím bashing the film but I truly did love it. Star Wars isnít meant to win Oscars. It supposed to be a fun sci fi film with humor, action and drama and this film nailed it. 8.5 for me




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10:21AM on 12/20/2015
You have nothing to apologize for, as I had the same thoughts that you did on a lot of plot threads (I felt very strongly that Chewie and Leia should've had a moment after Han's death, but was shocked that she would go with a hug from the kid).

I have to say that I actually came close to getting up and walking out on the movie when Han was killed. It disturbed me that much...however I then realized, I needed to wait and see what happens with Luke. But the thought WAS there. To me, not a
You have nothing to apologize for, as I had the same thoughts that you did on a lot of plot threads (I felt very strongly that Chewie and Leia should've had a moment after Han's death, but was shocked that she would go with a hug from the kid).

I have to say that I actually came close to getting up and walking out on the movie when Han was killed. It disturbed me that much...however I then realized, I needed to wait and see what happens with Luke. But the thought WAS there. To me, not a lot of reason to see the upcoming movies, other than just to see what happens to the old characters. I can only hope that Chewie kills Kylo Ren and gains some revenge for Han, as well as the Han fans.

Great review.
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3:25PM on 12/19/2015
Not without its flaws, but there is so much great stuff here and the movie is so much fun I think I'm more than willing to overlook them. Great new characters. Poe and BB-8, bros4life.
Not without its flaws, but there is so much great stuff here and the movie is so much fun I think I'm more than willing to overlook them. Great new characters. Poe and BB-8, bros4life.
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2:25PM on 12/19/2015

Sorry

Sorry, was not satisfied. So much that I didn't like. I liked some of it, the introduction of the Falcon my favorite, but damn. Did someone traumatize JJ about taking risks? Kylie Ren was awesome until he took off his helmet, Driver's performance without it just god awful. What, aren't those controls of the ship that he slashed important to the ship? So in order to be evil everything has to be bigger? There were very few things in this movie that I can walk away remembering that were not in the
Sorry, was not satisfied. So much that I didn't like. I liked some of it, the introduction of the Falcon my favorite, but damn. Did someone traumatize JJ about taking risks? Kylie Ren was awesome until he took off his helmet, Driver's performance without it just god awful. What, aren't those controls of the ship that he slashed important to the ship? So in order to be evil everything has to be bigger? There were very few things in this movie that I can walk away remembering that were not in the trailers. I've only seen it once, but if you count the original trilogy than I've seen way too many times.
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4:01PM on 12/19/2015
After pondering on this after watching it, I came to the conclusion that when he took his helmet off he was more conflicted by the light side. Open and exposed... where people could see him and fear him less. With the helmet on he was more monster. Just like Vader. A cold visage that drew fear into all. His voice and the inflections in his vocal cadence was different. I don't know if this was the intention, but it worked for me. With the nasty slash on his face and his last kill, I doubt
After pondering on this after watching it, I came to the conclusion that when he took his helmet off he was more conflicted by the light side. Open and exposed... where people could see him and fear him less. With the helmet on he was more monster. Just like Vader. A cold visage that drew fear into all. His voice and the inflections in his vocal cadence was different. I don't know if this was the intention, but it worked for me. With the nasty slash on his face and his last kill, I doubt we see the insecure Ben much more... now there is only Kylo.
12:26PM on 12/20/2015
I have plenty of nit-picks as well but my LORD, don't agree on any of yours.
I have plenty of nit-picks as well but my LORD, don't agree on any of yours.
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1:26PM on 12/19/2015

*Spoilers*

Kylo Ren's anger trumped Anakin's firey "I hate you" from Episode III and that was haunting. Multiple times I was deeply troubled by his rage/methods. And when Han yelled his real name... my heart broke. It's different with Vaders fall, as Luke tried to sway his father's light side. That dynamic is reversed with Kylo Ren, and equally as sad, if not more.
Kylo Ren's anger trumped Anakin's firey "I hate you" from Episode III and that was haunting. Multiple times I was deeply troubled by his rage/methods. And when Han yelled his real name... my heart broke. It's different with Vaders fall, as Luke tried to sway his father's light side. That dynamic is reversed with Kylo Ren, and equally as sad, if not more.
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1:17PM on 12/19/2015

PLOT SPOILER WARNING

I thought it was entertaining, but it had some major problems. There was way more CGI than I thought, including characters that really shouldn't have been CGI. The plot of this movie was almost exactly the same as Episode IV. Even with the idea of a droid carrying a bit of info, a larger death star with a weak point, and the droid bumping into multiple characters. It was cool to see Han Solo again, but it was kind of silly.
The good stuff was Kylo Ren, Fynn, Poe, the action, and comedy.
I thought it was entertaining, but it had some major problems. There was way more CGI than I thought, including characters that really shouldn't have been CGI. The plot of this movie was almost exactly the same as Episode IV. Even with the idea of a droid carrying a bit of info, a larger death star with a weak point, and the droid bumping into multiple characters. It was cool to see Han Solo again, but it was kind of silly.
The good stuff was Kylo Ren, Fynn, Poe, the action, and comedy. Doesn't match up to the originals, but overall, it was entertaining.
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12:29PM on 12/19/2015
I'm going to be honest, I wanted this movie to be as good as empire, and I wanted it to change my life. By that standard this movie fails. I realize that is unrealistic, but that feeling was unavoidable. Anyway, I think this movie succeeds as an entertaining entry in the franchise. I am more intrigued by what's to come next in VIII and IX. Overall I had a good time, it's better than the prequels(and I like them actually).
I'm going to be honest, I wanted this movie to be as good as empire, and I wanted it to change my life. By that standard this movie fails. I realize that is unrealistic, but that feeling was unavoidable. Anyway, I think this movie succeeds as an entertaining entry in the franchise. I am more intrigued by what's to come next in VIII and IX. Overall I had a good time, it's better than the prequels(and I like them actually).
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9:18AM on 12/19/2015
I liked it a lot! It was very entertaining. That said, it's not on the same level as Episode III, or ANY of the originals, naturally. I was entertained but didn't have much of an emotional connection with the proceedings.
I liked it a lot! It was very entertaining. That said, it's not on the same level as Episode III, or ANY of the originals, naturally. I was entertained but didn't have much of an emotional connection with the proceedings.
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1:59PM on 12/19/2015
We we watching the same movie? I thought the way this movie was able to emotionally connect with the audience who grew up with the originals was pretty well done. This movie had heart which is something the prequels don't.
We we watching the same movie? I thought the way this movie was able to emotionally connect with the audience who grew up with the originals was pretty well done. This movie had heart which is something the prequels don't.
10:42PM on 12/19/2015
But Episode III sucked balls. Seriously, Anakin Skywhiner.
But Episode III sucked balls. Seriously, Anakin Skywhiner.
11:42AM on 12/20/2015
Thunderl1ps, we were watching the same movie but evidently had a different reaction. I grew up with the originals, too, and I must say that while it was lovely on a nostalgic level to see those old familiar faces (especially Leia, that always underrated character), I don't feel that the story or new characters connected. And I don't agree, either, that this film had more heart than all three prequels. The first two, sure, but RotS is actually a pretty emotional movie. It has some of the
Thunderl1ps, we were watching the same movie but evidently had a different reaction. I grew up with the originals, too, and I must say that while it was lovely on a nostalgic level to see those old familiar faces (especially Leia, that always underrated character), I don't feel that the story or new characters connected. And I don't agree, either, that this film had more heart than all three prequels. The first two, sure, but RotS is actually a pretty emotional movie. It has some of the most heart-wrenching scenes of the trilogy. It's a very very VERY flawed movie, but a better one overall than Episode VII.

And Des--I've already made the argument as to why I don't agree that Episode III "sucks balls," but can you really argue that it's bad because Anakin's whiny--which has always been a bullshit argument--but like Episode VII, with its ridiculous temper tantrums courtesy of Kylo "Anakin Hair" Ren? That's preposterous.
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8:45AM on 12/19/2015
A very good movie. Not a great movie. Admittedly, when Han died....I was disappointed. I'm not mad that Han died or anything, I actually expected it. I just think that they tried to force the "Kylo Ren is Han Solo's kid" idea into us, but they didn't spend enough time developing the father/son relationship. Han had one scene with Leia where they mentioned their son was evil...there were a couple nods to it outside of that...but, in the end, I really didn't give a shit about Han and his kid. As
A very good movie. Not a great movie. Admittedly, when Han died....I was disappointed. I'm not mad that Han died or anything, I actually expected it. I just think that they tried to force the "Kylo Ren is Han Solo's kid" idea into us, but they didn't spend enough time developing the father/son relationship. Han had one scene with Leia where they mentioned their son was evil...there were a couple nods to it outside of that...but, in the end, I really didn't give a shit about Han and his kid. As soon as Han stepped on to that bridge, I knew he was dead. It seemed like they tried to build up to a moment where Kylo Ren was going to join the good side...but it was obviously never going to happen. Again, maybe if they had thrown in another scene or two developing Kylo Ren as Hans' son I would have appreciated it more...but, again, I found myself just not giving a shit. Which is dissapointing, because I wanted to see Han go out in a big way.
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8:58AM on 12/19/2015
I'm glad Han didn't go out in a "BIG WAY". The man always played the ODDS and gambled with his life and those odds. He BEAT the game. The Odds never caught up to him. It had to be something more personal to take him out.
I'm glad Han didn't go out in a "BIG WAY". The man always played the ODDS and gambled with his life and those odds. He BEAT the game. The Odds never caught up to him. It had to be something more personal to take him out.
11:32AM on 12/19/2015
The look on Kylo's face before he did it sold the idea to me. It was a great scene. Also the plot where Han Solo's son turned to the Dark Side is not exactly new. In the Expanded Universe, Jacen Solo, Han's son in that universe did the same thing. Interesting enough, in that same universe Ben was Luke Skywalker's son's name.
The look on Kylo's face before he did it sold the idea to me. It was a great scene. Also the plot where Han Solo's son turned to the Dark Side is not exactly new. In the Expanded Universe, Jacen Solo, Han's son in that universe did the same thing. Interesting enough, in that same universe Ben was Luke Skywalker's son's name.
8:22AM on 12/19/2015
This was basically my reaction when Kylo Ren stopped the blaster in midair with the Force after striking down Max Von Sydows character.
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This was basically my reaction when Kylo Ren stopped the blaster in midair with the Force after striking down Max Von Sydows character.
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8:15AM on 12/19/2015
It was pretty good. Glad that some ideas from the EU made it to the canon, though not in the way we thought it would be. The biggest flaw would be that the movie rehash a bit too much plot from A New Hope, but unlike The Phantom Menace and JJ Abrahms' Star Trek Into Darkness, it was better written and has a lot more redeemable factors which makes most of the audience more willing to let that slide. Harrison Ford is awesome as he has always been. I just found out about Carrie Fisher's bipolar
It was pretty good. Glad that some ideas from the EU made it to the canon, though not in the way we thought it would be. The biggest flaw would be that the movie rehash a bit too much plot from A New Hope, but unlike The Phantom Menace and JJ Abrahms' Star Trek Into Darkness, it was better written and has a lot more redeemable factors which makes most of the audience more willing to let that slide. Harrison Ford is awesome as he has always been. I just found out about Carrie Fisher's bipolar condition, so I wholeheartedly excuse her rather off acting. John Boyega and Daisy Ridley have done a wonderful job carrying the legacy, though I feel that Poe Dameron's character needs more fleshing out. Right now he's still kind of a Gary Stu. The Kanjiklub gang gotta come back in the sequel! They're like the Boba Fetts of this movie. I was disappointed that they didn't get to throw down any punches or kicks in their brief screen time. What a way to waste the talents of the guys who gave us some of the best action movies of our decade.
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4:54AM on 12/19/2015

Loved it!!!

I enjoyed every minute of it. I didn't want it to end.
I enjoyed every minute of it. I didn't want it to end.
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2:51AM on 12/19/2015
Great movie! Enjoyed it a lot. The new characters were awesome.
Great movie! Enjoyed it a lot. The new characters were awesome.
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2:45AM on 12/19/2015

Loved it

I agree...spoke didn't need to be CGI... still don't understand why a 50 foot tall Palpatine is necessary.

I think Poe is my favorite new character. Like a Wedge with more screen time and some Han/Mal Reynolds qualities.


Losing Harrison Ford for future films doesn't leave us dry without one cool character. Finn was amusing. Rey was awesome. Kylo was basically the Anakin we needed but didn't deserve
I agree...spoke didn't need to be CGI... still don't understand why a 50 foot tall Palpatine is necessary.

I think Poe is my favorite new character. Like a Wedge with more screen time and some Han/Mal Reynolds qualities.


Losing Harrison Ford for future films doesn't leave us dry without one cool character. Finn was amusing. Rey was awesome. Kylo was basically the Anakin we needed but didn't deserve
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2:46AM on 12/19/2015
Snoke*
Snoke*
7:59AM on 12/19/2015
I thought it would be funny if in Episode IX the heroes finally come face to face with this character and he's actually really small like Yoda but projected himself so big out of self confidence problem.
I thought it would be funny if in Episode IX the heroes finally come face to face with this character and he's actually really small like Yoda but projected himself so big out of self confidence problem.
8:40AM on 12/19/2015
Snoke was a large hologram. I still think he's Darth Plagious.
Snoke was a large hologram. I still think he's Darth Plagious.
4:23PM on 12/19/2015
I don't think he's that big. Look at the hologram of the Emperor in Empire Strikes Back. The hologram of his head was huge, I would say the same size as Snoke. We just seen Snoke's full body. If they only showed Snoke's head, I don't think it would have been as confusing
I don't think he's that big. Look at the hologram of the Emperor in Empire Strikes Back. The hologram of his head was huge, I would say the same size as Snoke. We just seen Snoke's full body. If they only showed Snoke's head, I don't think it would have been as confusing
2:35AM on 12/19/2015

Freaking amazing!

I have no real gripes with the film, it was simply a blast from start to finish. Everything I hoped for and more. The pacing, the story, the characterization, the cinematography, Kylo Ren, BB-8 (magical) old cast, new cast (very enjoyable, likable), all phenomenal. I was thrown for surprises many times (Rey's storyline) I think it will be better even with multiple viewings. And that ending....wow. Bravo JJ!
I have no real gripes with the film, it was simply a blast from start to finish. Everything I hoped for and more. The pacing, the story, the characterization, the cinematography, Kylo Ren, BB-8 (magical) old cast, new cast (very enjoyable, likable), all phenomenal. I was thrown for surprises many times (Rey's storyline) I think it will be better even with multiple viewings. And that ending....wow. Bravo JJ!
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1:25AM on 12/19/2015
The first half of the movie I thought was GREAT! Almost perfect I'd say. BB-8, Finn and Rey are super as is Han and Chewie's return.

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The second half felt like fan fiction or a Star Wars video game more than a real chapter. The new family ties between some of the characters felt shoehorned and unnecessary. Or at least they could have been kept for the next movie. I loved Kylo Ren's outbursts of rage, but his relationship to the other characters makes no sense. Like many have
The first half of the movie I thought was GREAT! Almost perfect I'd say. BB-8, Finn and Rey are super as is Han and Chewie's return.

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The second half felt like fan fiction or a Star Wars video game more than a real chapter. The new family ties between some of the characters felt shoehorned and unnecessary. Or at least they could have been kept for the next movie. I loved Kylo Ren's outbursts of rage, but his relationship to the other characters makes no sense. Like many have said, the film raises more questions than it brings answers. Where did he get Vader's mask? How did they find Anakin's lightsaber after it fell down Cloud City's reactor? Why is Jakku identical to Tatooine minus one sun? Where does the First Order come from? Who are the Knights of Ren? Who the hell is Supreme Leader Snoke and how did he find Kylo? Why is there a random Stormtrooper with an anti-lightsaber device?!

The ending was rushed and I simply can't believe they thought bringing back a new Death Star was a good idea... Maybe as a plot twist at the end of the third movie, but now what can they do next? The Death Galaxy?! Too many similar planets at the end too. Also, there is A TON of CGI in this movie and it's really distracting. Snoke and Maz were 100% CG (pretty bad too) when they easily could have been actors with prosthetics or animatronic puppets. Frankly, instead of wasting Max Von Sydow on a 20 second cameo, they should have cast him as Snoke.

And Han... What can I say... Just no. My brain won't even process it as canon...

Anyway, a GREAT first half but a very rushed and goofy second one.
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1:51AM on 12/19/2015
"How did they find Anakin's lightsaber after it fell down Cloud City's reactor?" I am pretty sure when han asked the same thing...maz said thats a story for another time....also u do realize this is 7 of 9...so all those questions could possibly be answered later on as kylo will be going back to snoak...u make it seem like this is the only film..hold your horses if they answered everything in 1 film there would be no need for the other 2.
"How did they find Anakin's lightsaber after it fell down Cloud City's reactor?" I am pretty sure when han asked the same thing...maz said thats a story for another time....also u do realize this is 7 of 9...so all those questions could possibly be answered later on as kylo will be going back to snoak...u make it seem like this is the only film..hold your horses if they answered everything in 1 film there would be no need for the other 2.
9:13PM on 12/19/2015
Goldenarmz You're right, still a few answers wouldn't have hurt either.
Goldenarmz You're right, still a few answers wouldn't have hurt either.
1:21AM on 12/19/2015

Exactly what I thought it would be.

This movie was, in my opinion, a perfect gateway for reintroducing old favorite characters and introducing new ones to a younger generation. Although predictable at times for older fans, what more could you want? This was Solo's movie and if that ending dose not make you want to see Episode VIII you probably were not that big of a Star Wars fan anyway.
This movie was, in my opinion, a perfect gateway for reintroducing old favorite characters and introducing new ones to a younger generation. Although predictable at times for older fans, what more could you want? This was Solo's movie and if that ending dose not make you want to see Episode VIII you probably were not that big of a Star Wars fan anyway.
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12:41AM on 12/19/2015
You know, when you create such a bad ass looking character like Captain Phasma, please make her kick some ass a least.
You know, when you create such a bad ass looking character like Captain Phasma, please make her kick some ass a least.
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12:01AM on 12/19/2015

out of this world

What can i say it was freaking amazing, i loved every second of it. The new characters kicked ass, the old characters kicked ass, everybody kicked ass and BB-8 simply adorable. J J is the king of making good movies with the word star in the title and that big reveal yowza. Anyway it deserves all the money it's making, $120 Million+ on friday alone is pretty amazing although i'm not surprised, but still on a december makes it even more surprising. Kudos j j and disney, i will shut up now.
What can i say it was freaking amazing, i loved every second of it. The new characters kicked ass, the old characters kicked ass, everybody kicked ass and BB-8 simply adorable. J J is the king of making good movies with the word star in the title and that big reveal yowza. Anyway it deserves all the money it's making, $120 Million+ on friday alone is pretty amazing although i'm not surprised, but still on a december makes it even more surprising. Kudos j j and disney, i will shut up now.
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11:04PM on 12/18/2015

The Force Is Strong With This Movie

Great Fun. Had me cheer, had me "cry", just a great time at the movies. I could not have asked for anything more. Great Job by all! Look forward to the next episode :)
Great Fun. Had me cheer, had me "cry", just a great time at the movies. I could not have asked for anything more. Great Job by all! Look forward to the next episode :)
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10:46PM on 12/18/2015
Star Wars episode 4 a new hope redux was cool. I liked how there were a few new ideas scattered among the entire plot of ep4. I can't wait for the empire strikes back redux. Rey I am your father.
Anyway at least this movie had Rey Finn and Poe who were actually likeable characters unlike the prequels which had no likeable characters.
Star Wars episode 4 a new hope redux was cool. I liked how there were a few new ideas scattered among the entire plot of ep4. I can't wait for the empire strikes back redux. Rey I am your father.
Anyway at least this movie had Rey Finn and Poe who were actually likeable characters unlike the prequels which had no likeable characters.
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10:45PM on 12/18/2015
I liked it well enough. They, Finn everyone was good. Carrie Fisher always comes off a little drunk and her acting is not very good. I understand she needed to be there.
Good movie overall. It's a little clunky like all JJ movies are.
I liked it well enough. They, Finn everyone was good. Carrie Fisher always comes off a little drunk and her acting is not very good. I understand she needed to be there.
Good movie overall. It's a little clunky like all JJ movies are.
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9:31PM on 12/18/2015

a solid 7/10

not a bad film, but it had so many issues... partially the predicable plot, not the minutia of the plot that was good, the new heroes all very good, espcially poe and finn, rey was solid to... my main gripes kylo ren was a lame villain, snoke was largely ridiculous both in size and they way it talked... (spoiler) how they treat han was a joke. and how anyone can say it was han solo, it was harrison ford playing han solo, just phoning it in, carrie fisher bless her, they just wheeled her out to
not a bad film, but it had so many issues... partially the predicable plot, not the minutia of the plot that was good, the new heroes all very good, espcially poe and finn, rey was solid to... my main gripes kylo ren was a lame villain, snoke was largely ridiculous both in size and they way it talked... (spoiler) how they treat han was a joke. and how anyone can say it was han solo, it was harrison ford playing han solo, just phoning it in, carrie fisher bless her, they just wheeled her out to paint by the numbers...then final fight was a joke, there is no way that would work out in the way it worked out... and most of all what the hell was up with chewie's bow caster... one minute it was stumbling guys and the next it was blowing twenty foot through the air? we didn't get to see enough of phasma and i hope they give her a bigger role in the sequels... i have to say the first two acts of the movie brilliant, the final act let it down for me... and it just goes to show they can't beat ole darth vader. my one gripe at the end of the day, was kylo ren and snoke, they just aren't as good as vader and the palpatine. plus looking at it i can already guess where they are going with the story especially the last battle of the last film.

but still far better then the prequels and nearly as good as a new hope...but not as good as empire or jedi... overall a good film let down by poor villains...
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10:57PM on 12/18/2015
I actually like Ren. His outbursts indicate to me someone with great power but little maturity. Rey on the other hand, I don't believe was as powerful as Ren but her circumstances made her more mentally disciplined, so when she felt her power in the interrogation room, she was able to harness it better. Snoke, however, was a disappointment to me. Why is he 50-ft tall and if it's just how they're projecting him, then why the fuck are they projecting him 50-ft tall? I'll have to see it at least
I actually like Ren. His outbursts indicate to me someone with great power but little maturity. Rey on the other hand, I don't believe was as powerful as Ren but her circumstances made her more mentally disciplined, so when she felt her power in the interrogation room, she was able to harness it better. Snoke, however, was a disappointment to me. Why is he 50-ft tall and if it's just how they're projecting him, then why the fuck are they projecting him 50-ft tall? I'll have to see it at least once more to sort through these themes.
8:48PM on 12/18/2015

It definitely brought fun back into the series after the dour prequels

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All said I liked having an honest to goodness villain with Hux, his speech before the Starkiller Base (lived up to its name too surprisingly) blew up Coruscant (analogy for distancing from the prequels?) was a bit over the top but given it destroyed an entire system it lived up to it. The threat was dire, heroes were taken out tragically, yet I had more fun with this than all of the previous trilogy. The new 3 heroes I liked and believed in (Finn almost lost me there for a bit but
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All said I liked having an honest to goodness villain with Hux, his speech before the Starkiller Base (lived up to its name too surprisingly) blew up Coruscant (analogy for distancing from the prequels?) was a bit over the top but given it destroyed an entire system it lived up to it. The threat was dire, heroes were taken out tragically, yet I had more fun with this than all of the previous trilogy. The new 3 heroes I liked and believed in (Finn almost lost me there for a bit but redeemed himself), Ren seems like the Anakin I wanted but never received and BB-8, in short, was awesome. Seeing familiar faces made what happens to them sting a bit more than usual and honestly as a whole I can't wait to see it again and see the next episode.

The biggest issues I've had were the end it seemed out of place given what happened (would have preferred something a bit more low key) as was the lingering/360 shot before credits it went on too long. I also would have loved to see more of Phasma & Maz as their whereabouts are currently unknown. I know Phasma is in Ep 8 as for Maz...
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5:34PM on 12/18/2015

Far from perfect, but had a really good time.

Sure there were plot holes and it felt very familiar and there were a lot of gaps, but I definitely would go see it again. I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't like a big flashback scene at the beginning of the Ep. VIII to explain what all went down since the end of Ep. VI. I'd also be lying if I said I wasn't underwhelmed by Snoke. Kinda looked like a sub-par Voldermort. All in all, I'd give it a 7.5/10. Which is more than I usually expect from Abrams.
Sure there were plot holes and it felt very familiar and there were a lot of gaps, but I definitely would go see it again. I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't like a big flashback scene at the beginning of the Ep. VIII to explain what all went down since the end of Ep. VI. I'd also be lying if I said I wasn't underwhelmed by Snoke. Kinda looked like a sub-par Voldermort. All in all, I'd give it a 7.5/10. Which is more than I usually expect from Abrams.
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4:06PM on 12/18/2015

Very good

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I enjoyed it thoroughly as someone not being a huge fan of the series. I love the original trilogy so it's nice to have sort of a reboot episode. Much of the Force Awakens follows point for point with a New Hope but there is enough adventure, character, humor, and suspense to give that a pass. Instead of blowing up the Death Star they blow up the Star Killer thing. "It's like poetry. It's sort of...they rhyme." -George Lucus

My actual only gripe was with the cgi Supreme
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I enjoyed it thoroughly as someone not being a huge fan of the series. I love the original trilogy so it's nice to have sort of a reboot episode. Much of the Force Awakens follows point for point with a New Hope but there is enough adventure, character, humor, and suspense to give that a pass. Instead of blowing up the Death Star they blow up the Star Killer thing. "It's like poetry. It's sort of...they rhyme." -George Lucus

My actual only gripe was with the cgi Supreme master guy pulling the strings. That could have easily been done with an actor in makeup and force perspective.
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4:04PM on 12/19/2015
Snoke was only shown via hologram... probably a normal sized person.
Snoke was only shown via hologram... probably a normal sized person.
2:49PM on 12/18/2015
When one thinks of 'Star Wars,' one's mind goes right to 'The Force Awakens.' That film was delightful. No, no. It was brilliant. No, no, no, no. There is no word to describe its perfection, so I am forced to make one up. And I'm going to do so right now: Scrumtrilescent.
When one thinks of 'Star Wars,' one's mind goes right to 'The Force Awakens.' That film was delightful. No, no. It was brilliant. No, no, no, no. There is no word to describe its perfection, so I am forced to make one up. And I'm going to do so right now: Scrumtrilescent.
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12:58PM on 12/18/2015

It was alright

But it did feel like a "Disney-fied" Episode IV. Just a newer model of an old classic, so to speak. Good to have Star Wars back though, let's see where Episode 8 takes us, especially after that ending.
But it did feel like a "Disney-fied" Episode IV. Just a newer model of an old classic, so to speak. Good to have Star Wars back though, let's see where Episode 8 takes us, especially after that ending.
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12:02PM on 12/18/2015

I really liked it

I thought it was amazing , as others have said it just felt like Star Wars!!!
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I thought it was amazing , as others have said it just felt like Star Wars!!!
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11:32AM on 12/18/2015

Hipster backlash

I loved the film. I was able to suspend any desire to "hold the science to canonical/EU" or "it seemed recycled." (As a point of reference for all of you who find this as your sticking point Ė ALL of them have recycled elements...and if you hated that, just stay clear of "The Dark Tower" forever) I simply let the story, the nostalgia, the character development and the incredible storytelling sweep me away. Just because it was great but not the GREATEST. MOVIE. EVER. doesn't mean you get to bash
I loved the film. I was able to suspend any desire to "hold the science to canonical/EU" or "it seemed recycled." (As a point of reference for all of you who find this as your sticking point Ė ALL of them have recycled elements...and if you hated that, just stay clear of "The Dark Tower" forever) I simply let the story, the nostalgia, the character development and the incredible storytelling sweep me away. Just because it was great but not the GREATEST. MOVIE. EVER. doesn't mean you get to bash it, just because it makes you stand out or seem cool. That's basically what comprises the hipster elite, and, frankly, it's trite and hackneyed. Find a new viewpoint other than "it didn't cater to my fan-fic whims, all of which abided by absolute canon, #ThrawnRules" or maybe, instead, take a 10 year-old to see it and watch all of your cynicism melt away because you're being unduly critical of something that's meant to be enjoyed. Ice cream is good. Forever. It doesn't have to be [link] to be fantastic.

And before you "Portlandia-up" and say, "but what about the lactose intolerant, huh?" to refute my point...just realize, you'll be making my point for me.

Some things are meant to be enjoyed, and this was one of them.
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6:23PM on 12/18/2015
I would rather stand alone than buy into the bullshit that people tell us we must like. JJ didnt get away with his circumstantial old spock showing up in the Star Trek movies but gets away with a hell of a lot more with this movie. How does that work? Oh right must be because it has Star Wars in the title. It can justify having sub par writing because who cares. It has practical effects and light sabres and essentially rips off a New Hope. No wonder they told George they were going in a
I would rather stand alone than buy into the bullshit that people tell us we must like. JJ didnt get away with his circumstantial old spock showing up in the Star Trek movies but gets away with a hell of a lot more with this movie. How does that work? Oh right must be because it has Star Wars in the title. It can justify having sub par writing because who cares. It has practical effects and light sabres and essentially rips off a New Hope. No wonder they told George they were going in a different direction, because they were gonna rip off the first film, tick the boxes and get bums on seats.
11:24AM on 12/18/2015

9/10 for me, but...

you're telling me that in 40 years of cruising the galaxy together being awesome space pirate buddies, Han never fired Chewie's Bow-caster... I call bullshit on that one, but otherwise fantastic!
you're telling me that in 40 years of cruising the galaxy together being awesome space pirate buddies, Han never fired Chewie's Bow-caster... I call bullshit on that one, but otherwise fantastic!
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11:49AM on 12/18/2015
Han REALLY likes his DL-44 blaster. If you know anyone who uses guns (to hunt, not at a shooting range) they will tell you they have specific preferences to the weapons they use and know what they are best with to hit a moving target).

Han never tried the Bow-Caster because it was cumbersome and would have slowed down his one handed Space Cowboy style of killing Storm Troopers.
Han REALLY likes his DL-44 blaster. If you know anyone who uses guns (to hunt, not at a shooting range) they will tell you they have specific preferences to the weapons they use and know what they are best with to hit a moving target).

Han never tried the Bow-Caster because it was cumbersome and would have slowed down his one handed Space Cowboy style of killing Storm Troopers.
1:08PM on 12/18/2015
Totally!!!!
Totally!!!!
11:19AM on 12/18/2015

8.5/10

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Pros
-Rey steals almost every scene she's in; I'm really impressed by her performance and loved that she will ultimately be the focus of this new trilogy.
-Kylo/Ben was an absolutely insane villain that definitely mirrored Anakin's fall to the dark side. It demonstrated you can do a conflicted character without making him a big cry baby (I'm looking at you Hayden Christensen).
-Harrison's return as Han Solo felt so right and natural. I loved that he almost carried the
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-Rey steals almost every scene she's in; I'm really impressed by her performance and loved that she will ultimately be the focus of this new trilogy.
-Kylo/Ben was an absolutely insane villain that definitely mirrored Anakin's fall to the dark side. It demonstrated you can do a conflicted character without making him a big cry baby (I'm looking at you Hayden Christensen).
-Harrison's return as Han Solo felt so right and natural. I loved that he almost carried the film on his shoulders being the wise, but troubled, mentor for this new cast of characters.
-The sets were massive and gorgeous. I knew JJ wanted to do practical effects whenever he could, but I had no idea to what extent he would make such a vast and real world.
-Luke Skywalker's look and brief cameo.
-Finn


Cons
-Captain Phasma reduced to a few scenes with remotely no presence other than being a stand-in until we get Episode VIII.
-Supreme Leader Snoke looked like a Voldemort ripoff who I feel could have been done with practical effects despite Serkis insisting that he was too massive of a character.
-Starkiller Base was introduced suddenly just for the sake of having some sort of looming threat only to be destroyed in 20 minutes.
-Leia wasn't in the film enough.
-The entire sequence with the escaped aliens on Han's cargo ship.
-Finn
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9:57AM on 12/18/2015
It was an entertaining, funny, thrill ride, edge of your seat film, but I left the theater feeling disappointed.

- Han Solo finding the falcon was too much of a coincidence for me. It literally made me go WTF in theater. And then the whole scene the followed with the gangs and the three giant squids rubbed me the wrong way. It was really unnecessary. AND THE FALCON WENT INTO LIGHTSPEED IN THE FRIEGHTER?! It should have destroyed the ship instantly. It's literally bending space-time around
It was an entertaining, funny, thrill ride, edge of your seat film, but I left the theater feeling disappointed.

- Han Solo finding the falcon was too much of a coincidence for me. It literally made me go WTF in theater. And then the whole scene the followed with the gangs and the three giant squids rubbed me the wrong way. It was really unnecessary. AND THE FALCON WENT INTO LIGHTSPEED IN THE FRIEGHTER?! It should have destroyed the ship instantly. It's literally bending space-time around it.

- Barely any world building, the entire movie felt small. We see the New Republic once and then it gets immediately destroyed. I HAD ZERO FEELINGS OR CARES ABOUT 4 PLANETS THAT WERE VAPORIZED. They mentioned wanting clone troopers once, but they never go into what the fuck happened in the last 30 years. Why is the New Order as strong as it is? The Empire was defeated at the Battle of Endor and almost subsequently wiped out one year later at the Battle of Jakku. Why did they go untouched for 30 years? They literally, LITERALLY, convert a planet into a super weapon and there's zero people in the Republic or the Resistance that know or find out about it? The first time you find out is when they destroy a bunch of planets? Does the Resistance not have recon or scout aircraft? It's not like the New Order is hiding, they have massive war ships...

- Captain Phasma was in two scenes, TWO SCENES. She literally could have been written out or have been a regular storm trooper and it wouldn't have made a difference. It was such a criminally underused character. Why, just why. Definitely this movie's Darth Maul.

-Han Solo dying. Fine, I expected it. But there was literally no mourning for the character. Was Chewie even mad? Sad? It's like it happened and then that's it. Even when they got back, the only person who makes a face is Leia. The Resistance just lost a fucking general and a war hero! But nothing, that's fine, do nothing. 🏻

The entire ending felt forced and rushed. Why did we need to see Luke at all in this? Why did R2 wake up at all? It was completely random. If anything, they should have shown Rey, Chewie, etc leaving Yavin IV (was it even fucking Yavin IV? They didn't talk about any planet names.) and then that's it. End it like Empire; just show the characters leaving. But seeing Luke after they just happened to put two maps together in the same film felt silly to me. He was standing in that exact spot for 30 years?

- Why was Finn and Rey even allowed to hold a lightsaber? Finn just effortlessly wielding a lightsaber was an interesting approach. Jedi need to take 20 years to learn how to use it, but Finn can just pick it up and just swinging the thing.

- Pretty much anything that happened to the Falcon should have broken it in half. And the fact that it's so old and can still take all this punishment and still fly is laughable. It can crash into a mountain, get shot at by TIES without it's shield up, fly through a forest TWICE and be fine, but in a normal flight shit just breaks for whatever reason and they need to repair it.
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2:24PM on 12/18/2015

"Captain Phasma was in two scenes, TWO SCENES. She literally could have been written out or have been a regular storm trooper and it wouldn't have made a difference. It was such a criminally underused character. Why, just why. Definitely this movie's Darth Maul."

Yeah, because a beloved character like Boba Fett had a ton of screen time...

"Captain Phasma was in two scenes, TWO SCENES. She literally could have been written out or have been a regular storm trooper and it wouldn't have made a difference. It was such a criminally underused character. Why, just why. Definitely this movie's Darth Maul."

Yeah, because a beloved character like Boba Fett had a ton of screen time...
2:31PM on 12/18/2015
You must have been really upset when Luke finds R2 and 3PO and dicorvers they just so happen to be running from his father, Darth Vader.
You must have been really upset when Luke finds R2 and 3PO and dicorvers they just so happen to be running from his father, Darth Vader.
2:34PM on 12/18/2015
So you're telling me that you wanted all of these questions answered in one film? That movie would have to be 4-5 hours long. Besides, we are getting a star wars film every year for the next billion years so maybe try being a little patient.
So you're telling me that you wanted all of these questions answered in one film? That movie would have to be 4-5 hours long. Besides, we are getting a star wars film every year for the next billion years so maybe try being a little patient.
9:15AM on 12/18/2015

Now that was a fun movie!

It relied a little too much on plot convenience, especially with just "hearing" the lightsaber? But overall it was an amazing movie, tons of fun, great new characters and the old ones were all treated with much due respect. This is easily my favorite movie of the year. It lived up to the hype, for sure!
It relied a little too much on plot convenience, especially with just "hearing" the lightsaber? But overall it was an amazing movie, tons of fun, great new characters and the old ones were all treated with much due respect. This is easily my favorite movie of the year. It lived up to the hype, for sure!
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9:06AM on 12/18/2015
This is the sequel we're looking for......
This is the sequel we're looking for......
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9:00AM on 12/18/2015

Smiles all around

Are there some issues with the story..yes. Are they enough to make you have flashbacks to trade embargoes and talk about how sand gets everywhere. HELL NO!

JJ Abrams has brought Star Wars back and brought it back for the fans. I would argue a totally original story would have been a disservice at this point. After the prequels, where only 1/3 of the movies are really rewatchable, Abrams managed to bring back the old rustic feel of the galaxy far, far away.

Listening to a review from
Are there some issues with the story..yes. Are they enough to make you have flashbacks to trade embargoes and talk about how sand gets everywhere. HELL NO!

JJ Abrams has brought Star Wars back and brought it back for the fans. I would argue a totally original story would have been a disservice at this point. After the prequels, where only 1/3 of the movies are really rewatchable, Abrams managed to bring back the old rustic feel of the galaxy far, far away.

Listening to a review from NPR, they talked about how Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings is so loved is because it was made by a fan, imagining their own perceptions of that world onto the screen. That is exactly what JJ did in my opinion. He made the ultimate fan film. Most importantly, he established new characters that I am actually excited to see how their story progresses. Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren (not to mention his dynamic with General Hux) are all set up for some amazing clashes in our near future. Han was right to tell Chewie, "We're home."
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8:57AM on 12/18/2015

Fantastic!

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J.J. really delivered with Episode VII. There were extremely funny parts, extremely sad parts, and very emotional moments. I was highly impressed with all of the new characters. I thought that all of them held their own and successfully became likable and important in their own way. Great nostalgic moments abound in this film. For me, it was an all-around great time, and it rang true to the original trilogy. It breathed new life into my favorite cinematic universe. 9/10 for me. I
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J.J. really delivered with Episode VII. There were extremely funny parts, extremely sad parts, and very emotional moments. I was highly impressed with all of the new characters. I thought that all of them held their own and successfully became likable and important in their own way. Great nostalgic moments abound in this film. For me, it was an all-around great time, and it rang true to the original trilogy. It breathed new life into my favorite cinematic universe. 9/10 for me. I cannot wait for Episode VIII
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8:18AM on 12/18/2015

I couldn't be happier. Loved every second.

A movie going experience I will always remember. People are mentioning flaws but to be honest I can't think of a single great film without its flaws. I loved everything about this film.
A movie going experience I will always remember. People are mentioning flaws but to be honest I can't think of a single great film without its flaws. I loved everything about this film.
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8:10AM on 12/18/2015

Another Big Problem!

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Rey essentially gets told about the force, with no training might I add, and all of a sudden becomes an expert in it.
JUST LAZY LAZY LAZY
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Rey essentially gets told about the force, with no training might I add, and all of a sudden becomes an expert in it.
JUST LAZY LAZY LAZY
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8:43AM on 12/18/2015
You could make the case that she's just a prodigy of the force. She was born with an insane midichlorian count. Definitely more than Kylo Ren possibly more than Luke and Anakin. She just never accessed it until she believed. I expect they confirm in the next one. You can make the case that Luke had no training before he met up with Yoda, and he was guiding his x-wing blasts in Ep4 and summoning his light saber in Ep5.
You could make the case that she's just a prodigy of the force. She was born with an insane midichlorian count. Definitely more than Kylo Ren possibly more than Luke and Anakin. She just never accessed it until she believed. I expect they confirm in the next one. You can make the case that Luke had no training before he met up with Yoda, and he was guiding his x-wing blasts in Ep4 and summoning his light saber in Ep5.
9:18AM on 12/18/2015
Yea, that wasn't a problem for me. I thought that was cool and Intriguing. Like she's a super prodigy. I can't wait to see Luke train her.
Yea, that wasn't a problem for me. I thought that was cool and Intriguing. Like she's a super prodigy. I can't wait to see Luke train her.
1:46PM on 12/18/2015
Obi Wan began Lukes training in a new hope, although brief he had some training. SPOILER AHEAD

Dont get me wrong, I really liked the scene where Kylo can't get the information he needs. But it goes from that to the really cheesy mind control on the storm trooper. She didnt know she had the power a day ago.
Obi Wan began Lukes training in a new hope, although brief he had some training. SPOILER AHEAD

Dont get me wrong, I really liked the scene where Kylo can't get the information he needs. But it goes from that to the really cheesy mind control on the storm trooper. She didnt know she had the power a day ago.
5:25PM on 12/18/2015
Actually, I think it's Kylo's try to prob her that provoked the 'force awakening' in her.
Otherwise she might have never really become 'aware', aside from her instinct knowledge in mechanics.
Actually, I think it's Kylo's try to prob her that provoked the 'force awakening' in her.
Otherwise she might have never really become 'aware', aside from her instinct knowledge in mechanics.
8:06PM on 12/18/2015
She ends up reading Kylo's thoughts as he probes her mind, giving her the idea of "what if?". Also, keep in mind that touching Lukes lightsaber also affected her. The signs were there. She just adapted to the idea of using the force faster than others have.
She ends up reading Kylo's thoughts as he probes her mind, giving her the idea of "what if?". Also, keep in mind that touching Lukes lightsaber also affected her. The signs were there. She just adapted to the idea of using the force faster than others have.
3:16AM on 12/20/2015
Not really. I think Rey is Luke's daughter, and has within her an unprecedented command of The Force. It frightened Luke, because the last time a prodigy was aware of their power, Darth Vader was born. And with Kylo turning as well, Luke had no choice but to isolate and abandon Rey on a planet where she would have no possibility of learning the true nature of her powers. But like all things Star Wars, The Force found a way to bring her back to exactly where she belonged.
Not really. I think Rey is Luke's daughter, and has within her an unprecedented command of The Force. It frightened Luke, because the last time a prodigy was aware of their power, Darth Vader was born. And with Kylo turning as well, Luke had no choice but to isolate and abandon Rey on a planet where she would have no possibility of learning the true nature of her powers. But like all things Star Wars, The Force found a way to bring her back to exactly where she belonged.
11:05PM on 12/20/2015
We don't know Rey's origin yet. Her visions and the mention of her on an island suggest she was at the place she finds Luke as a child. Maybe she has had training and had her memories blocked after Ren's betrayal to keep Luke's location a secret.
We don't know Rey's origin yet. Her visions and the mention of her on an island suggest she was at the place she finds Luke as a child. Maybe she has had training and had her memories blocked after Ren's betrayal to keep Luke's location a secret.
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7:30AM on 12/18/2015

Iīd give it 9/10

Of course there are things you can nit pic about it, but still one of my best experiences watching a movie at a cinema and loved every second of it. Thereīs not much you can do to give a better start to a new Star Wars trilogy then this did.
Of course there are things you can nit pic about it, but still one of my best experiences watching a movie at a cinema and loved every second of it. Thereīs not much you can do to give a better start to a new Star Wars trilogy then this did.
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6:02AM on 12/18/2015
Thought it was pretty great. Not perfect and doesn't tread new ground, but the devil's in the details and we get some pretty great details here. The characters were great, it was nice to see Rey as a strong lead right from the get-go, someone who could handle herself immediately, was intelligent, and very observant. It was refreshing to see that she could understand things without having to be explained. I also enjoyed Finn, he had a lot of great comic moments and I enjoyed his own story arc.
Thought it was pretty great. Not perfect and doesn't tread new ground, but the devil's in the details and we get some pretty great details here. The characters were great, it was nice to see Rey as a strong lead right from the get-go, someone who could handle herself immediately, was intelligent, and very observant. It was refreshing to see that she could understand things without having to be explained. I also enjoyed Finn, he had a lot of great comic moments and I enjoyed his own story arc. Of course, seeing Harrison back as Hans was fantastic and he seemed to genuinely be enjoying his return to the franchise. I do agree that the plot was following the original film beat for beat, but that didn't bother me so much. I would rather them be safe with the film, creating an enjoyable spectacle and great characters, than take risks and turn out a piece of garbage. We all saw how that turned out before (prequels anyone?) Despite the rehashing of a plot, and I will admit seeing them reuse the Death Star vehicle was a little annoying, as I said all the details were great. And those final shots were pretty epic and memorable, and a giant tease for the next movie. Can't wait to see what happens in episode VIII.
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4:49AM on 12/18/2015
I was sad where I was supposed to be sad, happy where I was supposed to be happy, excited where I was supposed to be excited. It is highly derivative of the original, but if you have to borrow from something, there are worse places to borrow from. I thought the new characters were good, with Rey clearly taking the lead, both as the best new face and as a satisfying pivot point in the story. And I loved BB8! Han and Chewy were probably the best part of the returning cast, although Han and Leia's
I was sad where I was supposed to be sad, happy where I was supposed to be happy, excited where I was supposed to be excited. It is highly derivative of the original, but if you have to borrow from something, there are worse places to borrow from. I thought the new characters were good, with Rey clearly taking the lead, both as the best new face and as a satisfying pivot point in the story. And I loved BB8! Han and Chewy were probably the best part of the returning cast, although Han and Leia's scenes were poignant.

What I can say for certain is that I was far happier coming out of this movie than I was Episode 1, 2, or 3. Looking forward to more in 2017!
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4:31AM on 12/18/2015

So much to love and enjoy, but my biggest dissatisfaction was a lot of the those grand action Star Wars scope shots, which we saw in the trailers were replaced with quicker shots and sometimes less impressive shots.

First off, I liked this movie a lot. Was I completely satisfied with the film? No. I really want to be, but my dissatisfaction cause from the editing and the scope of the film. Many will argue that The Force Awakens has a thin plot, yes but so does A New Hope. Or that The Force Awakens also has a lot of unanswered questions, true but so did A New Hope. Do you think anyone in 1977 knew what the hell the Clone Wars were? Most of the answers will come in Episode VIII and IX. My biggest problem
First off, I liked this movie a lot. Was I completely satisfied with the film? No. I really want to be, but my dissatisfaction cause from the editing and the scope of the film. Many will argue that The Force Awakens has a thin plot, yes but so does A New Hope. Or that The Force Awakens also has a lot of unanswered questions, true but so did A New Hope. Do you think anyone in 1977 knew what the hell the Clone Wars were? Most of the answers will come in Episode VIII and IX. My biggest problem with the film comes from something which should've never been a problem. JJ Abrams and crew have come through on their word of using practical effects and going back to the elements which made Star Wars so classic, but why was The Force Awakens not fully filmed and edited to the scope of Star Wars? There are too many scenes (especially flight action scenes) which jump way too fast from shot to shot. I hate to say it, but I preferred so many of the shots in the trailers to the ones in this final cut. Trailer 1 - the beautiful shot of the 3 X-Wings flying across the water. Trailer 2 - the wide shot of the Tie Fighter tied up in the Star Destoryer hanger while flying around and blasting Stormtroopers, one trooper even gets tossed into the air. I am not saying I did not find any joy or love in these scenes, I still could not stop smiling from the thrills, but I would be lying if I said that I was satisfied with the scope, editing, and pace of each scene. The fast pace dogfight battles were too fast and too rushed. The shots of the Falcon being chased by Tie Fighters on Jakku were paced perfectly in the trailers. In the final cut they were sped up, and even the shot of the Falcon flying down the engine of the crashed Executor Star Destroyer was trimmed down a few frames. How come in the IMAX 3D final cut, these shots were too damn fast?
The other problem I have is with the 29 year gap between Episode VI and VII. How and why was The First Order able to achieve and pick up were the Empire left off? The prequels properly set up the birth of the Empire. The Sith tricked the Republic into having a Galactic Empire. How was The First Order established or able to build Starkiller without the Resistance or Republic knowing? Also, I like the new Starkiller, but while it's bigger than the previous two Death Stars it's place in Episode VII and minimal use in the film does not give it the impact or nearly as much dread as compared to the first two Death Stars. By the time we fully see the Starkiller and it's full power, within minutes its also time for the climatic finale assault.
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5:00AM on 12/18/2015
listen, you're expecting all the questions to be answered in one movie. Alot of people don't stop to think that the reason they don't ask these questions in episode 4 5 and 6 is because by the time they were born (83 and beyond) the movies already all existed and answered everything. Calm yourself. There are 2 more (minimum) movies for us to answer these questions.
listen, you're expecting all the questions to be answered in one movie. Alot of people don't stop to think that the reason they don't ask these questions in episode 4 5 and 6 is because by the time they were born (83 and beyond) the movies already all existed and answered everything. Calm yourself. There are 2 more (minimum) movies for us to answer these questions.
8:47AM on 12/18/2015
Less significant? The Deathstar, I'm all its glory, only destroys one planet. Starkiller Base takes put multiple planets at once. It's way scarier.
Less significant? The Deathstar, I'm all its glory, only destroys one planet. Starkiller Base takes put multiple planets at once. It's way scarier.
9:34AM on 12/18/2015
ConMan - "listen, you're expecting all the questions to be answered". That's NOT what I wrote. I don't expect all the questions posed in Episode VII to be answered. There are those I met afterwards who said, "It left to many things unanswered". My comment agrees, and adds that Episode IV was set up the same way and just wait until Episode VIII and XI for most of these answers. Please re-read ConMan.
ConMan - "listen, you're expecting all the questions to be answered". That's NOT what I wrote. I don't expect all the questions posed in Episode VII to be answered. There are those I met afterwards who said, "It left to many things unanswered". My comment agrees, and adds that Episode IV was set up the same way and just wait until Episode VIII and XI for most of these answers. Please re-read ConMan.
9:47AM on 12/18/2015
Ikodl- Blood in horror movies is not scary. What's more terrifying is sound, sight, and presence. The Death Stars had a greater presence in Episodes IV and VI. I was impressed with Starkiller's ability to destroy multiple planets with a single strike. But because of the film's rush in pace, there was such little time to even feel the despair the Resistance and Galaxy had. We had one shot of Starkiller before seeing it scenes later firing at multiple planets which led to an immediate all out
Ikodl- Blood in horror movies is not scary. What's more terrifying is sound, sight, and presence. The Death Stars had a greater presence in Episodes IV and VI. I was impressed with Starkiller's ability to destroy multiple planets with a single strike. But because of the film's rush in pace, there was such little time to even feel the despair the Resistance and Galaxy had. We had one shot of Starkiller before seeing it scenes later firing at multiple planets which led to an immediate all out climax assault attack. In the film's rushed structured plot Starkiller was greatly underused.
4:25AM on 12/18/2015

Cant believe people are buying that as a good film.

(Copy and pasted from other posting as I cant be bothered to write a new post. A bit like the story to this not so new film)
Sorry guys, I know I am going to be unpopular with this opinion but this is what I felt.
Personally I would have asked for my money back had it not been for the performance of Adam Driver. He was the only thing keeping me from walking out as his scenes are the more professional and mature scenes of the lot. The story was essentially a rehashed carbon copy of what we
(Copy and pasted from other posting as I cant be bothered to write a new post. A bit like the story to this not so new film)
Sorry guys, I know I am going to be unpopular with this opinion but this is what I felt.
Personally I would have asked for my money back had it not been for the performance of Adam Driver. He was the only thing keeping me from walking out as his scenes are the more professional and mature scenes of the lot. The story was essentially a rehashed carbon copy of what we have had before, which also makes it highly predictable. The circumstantial plot devices are either to pay homage or lazily progress the film towards its predictable outcome. Basically its the same product, rebranded. I feel insulted as a movie goer that Disney think they can palm off the same story. I knew there were going to be similarities but not to that extent
10/10 for acting (by Adam driver)
10/10 for practical and cgi effects
2/10 for story.
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9:17AM on 12/18/2015
Lol this is such a fucking troll post. ADAM DRIVER?! Really? He wasn't even close to being the best part of this movie. Go suck a Batman vs Superman sized dick.
Lol this is such a fucking troll post. ADAM DRIVER?! Really? He wasn't even close to being the best part of this movie. Go suck a Batman vs Superman sized dick.
1:54PM on 12/18/2015
A troll post? but you repeat one of my criticms above and still give a positive review. Someone likes it just because it has 'Star Wars' in the title.

Because it has Star Wars in the title means the viewers deserve the best, it needed to be revolutionary not doing a usual JJ and stealing plot points from other movies and using circumstantial plot devices to lazily explain events happening. Oh and I hate to tell you this but Batman and Superman aren't real people.
A troll post? but you repeat one of my criticms above and still give a positive review. Someone likes it just because it has 'Star Wars' in the title.

Because it has Star Wars in the title means the viewers deserve the best, it needed to be revolutionary not doing a usual JJ and stealing plot points from other movies and using circumstantial plot devices to lazily explain events happening. Oh and I hate to tell you this but Batman and Superman aren't real people.
4:10PM on 12/19/2015
Do you routinely walk out of movies that you don't like or agree with? I knew going into this that it is a setup movie. There's no way it can top 4 5 and 6. We should wait for 7 and 8. Even then, how could we ever expect it to be better? Times have changed. All that stuff was new and unexplored... never seen on screens before. Now we compare everything rather than judging it on it's own merits. I think we will all eventually agree that they will be better than 1 2 and 3. And it's Star
Do you routinely walk out of movies that you don't like or agree with? I knew going into this that it is a setup movie. There's no way it can top 4 5 and 6. We should wait for 7 and 8. Even then, how could we ever expect it to be better? Times have changed. All that stuff was new and unexplored... never seen on screens before. Now we compare everything rather than judging it on it's own merits. I think we will all eventually agree that they will be better than 1 2 and 3. And it's Star Wars!
7:11AM on 12/20/2015
Dont get me wrong Jason, there were elements which worked. But there were elements which worked in the prequels, not many, but there were some. I would rather have seen more exploration of the Kylo Ren (Ben) as a child training and why he was so troubled. These flashbacks could have taken away some of the formulaic scenes and made a huge difference to the film. Because the relationship between Kylo and Han was what interested me. Instead we got a theme park ride in the form of film.
Dont get me wrong Jason, there were elements which worked. But there were elements which worked in the prequels, not many, but there were some. I would rather have seen more exploration of the Kylo Ren (Ben) as a child training and why he was so troubled. These flashbacks could have taken away some of the formulaic scenes and made a huge difference to the film. Because the relationship between Kylo and Han was what interested me. Instead we got a theme park ride in the form of film.
3:48AM on 12/21/2015
Apparently now you can even remake an already done SW film, give it a new Ep number and title and everyone will put on their SW goggles and think it's the best thing since sliced bread.
Stop deluding yourselves people, it's a ANH remake!!!!!!!

PS NO, this is not a trolling comment just someone not in denial.
Apparently now you can even remake an already done SW film, give it a new Ep number and title and everyone will put on their SW goggles and think it's the best thing since sliced bread.
Stop deluding yourselves people, it's a ANH remake!!!!!!!

PS NO, this is not a trolling comment just someone not in denial.
5:55AM on 12/23/2015
Thank you Darth
Thank you Darth
3:33AM on 12/18/2015

Loved it.

Huge grin on my face all the way through,brilliant.
Huge grin on my face all the way through,brilliant.
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3:32AM on 12/18/2015
Didn't meet my expectations.lot of recycled sub-plots from its own franchise
Didn't meet my expectations.lot of recycled sub-plots from its own franchise
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4:27AM on 12/18/2015
Couldn't agree more Bourne.
Couldn't agree more Bourne.
9:19AM on 12/18/2015
See, your opinion here is pointless. The recycled stuff was recycled WITH PURPOSE. It was meant to be a jumping on point for the new kids and it paid a lot of respect to the old fans. If it had any less of an homage feeling, it would have been a lesser movie in the eyes of the fans. They have these parallels for a reason. It wasn't just pointless copying like a stupid remake.
See, your opinion here is pointless. The recycled stuff was recycled WITH PURPOSE. It was meant to be a jumping on point for the new kids and it paid a lot of respect to the old fans. If it had any less of an homage feeling, it would have been a lesser movie in the eyes of the fans. They have these parallels for a reason. It wasn't just pointless copying like a stupid remake.
3:10AM on 12/18/2015
Dare I say that Kylo Ren was actually scarier than Darth Vader? This movie was something different but also the same. It felt like a true sequel. I cannot wait to see episode 8 now.
Dare I say that Kylo Ren was actually scarier than Darth Vader? This movie was something different but also the same. It felt like a true sequel. I cannot wait to see episode 8 now.
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11:53AM on 12/18/2015
Dare I say, Kylo Ren will probably end up wearing the Darth Vader helmet come Episode VIII. That's my theory.
Dare I say, Kylo Ren will probably end up wearing the Darth Vader helmet come Episode VIII. That's my theory.
12:40PM on 12/18/2015
That's what I theorized too, especially since his helmet probably blew up with the rest of Starkiller base.
That's what I theorized too, especially since his helmet probably blew up with the rest of Starkiller base.
12:46PM on 12/19/2015
Kylo is a little bitch. Vader is a Sith lord. Give me a break.
Kylo is a little bitch. Vader is a Sith lord. Give me a break.
2:46AM on 12/18/2015

Kinda meh

It was entertaining enough and the new characters were likeable.. too bad the whole thing was practically a plot-for-plot remake of A New Hope. Better than the prequels, but not by much.
It was entertaining enough and the new characters were likeable.. too bad the whole thing was practically a plot-for-plot remake of A New Hope. Better than the prequels, but not by much.
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2:37AM on 12/18/2015
An emotional rollercoaster, driven by both nostalgia and the quality of the film. Was not disappointed in the least.
An emotional rollercoaster, driven by both nostalgia and the quality of the film. Was not disappointed in the least.
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2:21AM on 12/18/2015
One more thing.

For all the hoopla that they made about Gwendoline Christie being Capt Phasma and how she would be this bad ass intimidating presence........she ended up being a complete non factor in this movie.

Shows up walking with her blaster at the beginning and does nothing.

Gets caught by the good guys and coerced into putting down the shields and dumped in a trash can.
One more thing.

For all the hoopla that they made about Gwendoline Christie being Capt Phasma and how she would be this bad ass intimidating presence........she ended up being a complete non factor in this movie.

Shows up walking with her blaster at the beginning and does nothing.

Gets caught by the good guys and coerced into putting down the shields and dumped in a trash can.
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3:15AM on 12/18/2015
This is why I don't get caught up in the marketing. I had a feeling she would be minimal and I was right.
This is why I don't get caught up in the marketing. I had a feeling she would be minimal and I was right.
8:53AM on 12/18/2015
Perhaps she'll return in a larger capacity. Finn needs a nemesis.
Perhaps she'll return in a larger capacity. Finn needs a nemesis.
5:37PM on 12/18/2015
On a subject almost similar to the Phasma 'problem', As far as I remember, there was a lot a 'noise' when it was said that Carrie Fisher's daughter was playing in the movie, or something... What happened ?
On a subject almost similar to the Phasma 'problem', As far as I remember, there was a lot a 'noise' when it was said that Carrie Fisher's daughter was playing in the movie, or something... What happened ?
2:19AM on 12/18/2015

Awesome

9/10. It took me back to my childhood. The only fault was it followed the original template, but did it exceptionally without copying.
9/10. It took me back to my childhood. The only fault was it followed the original template, but did it exceptionally without copying.
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2:11AM on 12/18/2015
5/7
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5/7
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2:05AM on 12/18/2015

LOVED IT

LOVED IT!!!

Bob_Loblaw complains about familiarity. To quote Stan Winston. To have a successfull sequel...you have to give the fans a sense of familiarity and some of what worked in the first...and combine it with something fresh. And this is exactly what they've done with Episode 7.

Kylo Ren was aaaaabsolutely bad ass and that lightsaber fight at the end was Ace. It wasn't massively choreographed ala prequels, it had emotional WEIGHT to it like in Empire Strikes Back and that is what
LOVED IT!!!

Bob_Loblaw complains about familiarity. To quote Stan Winston. To have a successfull sequel...you have to give the fans a sense of familiarity and some of what worked in the first...and combine it with something fresh. And this is exactly what they've done with Episode 7.

Kylo Ren was aaaaabsolutely bad ass and that lightsaber fight at the end was Ace. It wasn't massively choreographed ala prequels, it had emotional WEIGHT to it like in Empire Strikes Back and that is what made it so good.

If I had one complaint, it would be Snoke. I didn't like that he was fully CG and he looked like bad motion capture (especially after Maz Kanata was borderline seamless.) However, if in the sequel they chalk it up to it being because of the hologram and he is practical in person..I can forgive that.

All said and done def a strong 8/10. It smelled like Star Wars...it sounded like Star Wars..it looked like Star Wars...it IS Star Wars
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2:16AM on 12/18/2015
"Bob_Loblaw complains about familiarity. To quote Stan Winston. To have a successfull sequel...you have to give the fans a sense of familiarity and some of what worked in the first...and combine it with something fresh. And this is exactly what they've done with Episode 7."

Dude, there was a lot of familiarity that I didn't complain about. I only mentioned that ONE thing.

"Bob_Loblaw complains about familiarity. To quote Stan Winston. To have a successfull sequel...you have to give the fans a sense of familiarity and some of what worked in the first...and combine it with something fresh. And this is exactly what they've done with Episode 7."

Dude, there was a lot of familiarity that I didn't complain about. I only mentioned that ONE thing.

2:20AM on 12/18/2015
true, but in War it is a constant evolution of who has the bigger gun/bomb. you could theoretically argue that a blaster is a mini death star that just kills individuals right?
true, but in War it is a constant evolution of who has the bigger gun/bomb. you could theoretically argue that a blaster is a mini death star that just kills individuals right?
12:05PM on 12/18/2015
Kylo Ren was a badass and perfect villain for Episode VII. However, he takes his mask off one too many times in the film. The only time we see Kylo's face should be when he comes face-to-face with Han Solo and then has to go the rest of the finale without his mask. Kylo should not have removed his mask when interrogating Rey. Once he took his mask off in this scene he became less of a villain because he now has a human face. It's like if Vader took off his helmet in A New Hope or The Empire
Kylo Ren was a badass and perfect villain for Episode VII. However, he takes his mask off one too many times in the film. The only time we see Kylo's face should be when he comes face-to-face with Han Solo and then has to go the rest of the finale without his mask. Kylo should not have removed his mask when interrogating Rey. Once he took his mask off in this scene he became less of a villain because he now has a human face. It's like if Vader took off his helmet in A New Hope or The Empire Strikes Back or halfway through Return of the Jedi to reveal what remains of Anakin's face. If you say it was to show Kylo's struggle with the Light and the Dark Side, Vader showed this in Return of the Jedi without having to show his real face.
5:45PM on 12/18/2015
Well, Trav, I think it's because KR wasn't totally 'THE' bad guy yet. As he said, there was still 'light' in him...
Only after he [you know what] doe he really loose all 'light'... A bit like a counter-journey to what Vador made in RotJ, I guess !
Well, Trav, I think it's because KR wasn't totally 'THE' bad guy yet. As he said, there was still 'light' in him...
Only after he [you know what] doe he really loose all 'light'... A bit like a counter-journey to what Vador made in RotJ, I guess !
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1:32AM on 12/18/2015

I loved it

8/10 for me. Some of the dialogue bugged me a bit because I thought they were going for laughs more than necessary.I'm sure it won't bother me on rewatch. Other than that small gripe, it was fantastic and lived up to my expectations. Fun time!
8/10 for me. Some of the dialogue bugged me a bit because I thought they were going for laughs more than necessary.I'm sure it won't bother me on rewatch. Other than that small gripe, it was fantastic and lived up to my expectations. Fun time!
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12:26AM on 12/18/2015

Neutral for the 3 stars out of 4 I'm giving it...Just stating my complaints.

Lucas had no part in making the movie, but it sure seemed like it when we got a THIRD Death Star.

The lightsaber fight wasn't good at all really. It was very generic. And Han bothered me, but I won't say why for spoilers sake. And this was a small gripe, but I was really hoping Han would say I know when he first saw Leia after she said one of her lines.
Lucas had no part in making the movie, but it sure seemed like it when we got a THIRD Death Star.

The lightsaber fight wasn't good at all really. It was very generic. And Han bothered me, but I won't say why for spoilers sake. And this was a small gripe, but I was really hoping Han would say I know when he first saw Leia after she said one of her lines.
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12:45PM on 12/18/2015
I feel like that's why he didn't say it. Han is best when he's not predictable. I felt he was going to say it too. Also I think it would be a cheap wink at the OT.
I feel like that's why he didn't say it. Han is best when he's not predictable. I felt he was going to say it too. Also I think it would be a cheap wink at the OT.
2:47PM on 12/18/2015
"I feel like that's why he didn't say it. Han is best when he's not predictable."

He only said it one time, for all we know, and that was 35 years ago, so it wouldn't be predictable.


"Also I think it would be a cheap wink at the OT."

He said that he's got a bad feeling about this
"I feel like that's why he didn't say it. Han is best when he's not predictable."

He only said it one time, for all we know, and that was 35 years ago, so it wouldn't be predictable.


"Also I think it would be a cheap wink at the OT."

He said that he's got a bad feeling about this
12:02AM on 12/18/2015

It was epci

The movie made me fell like a kid again. Loved all the characters and the story was impressive. Not the best star wars movie, but it's up there.
The movie made me fell like a kid again. Loved all the characters and the story was impressive. Not the best star wars movie, but it's up there.
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11:34PM on 12/17/2015

The force was strong

It delivered on every level. If someone you know hated on this movie, force choke the shit out of them.

And that last scene....
I can't wait for Episode 8 now.
It delivered on every level. If someone you know hated on this movie, force choke the shit out of them.

And that last scene....
I can't wait for Episode 8 now.
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11:20PM on 12/17/2015
You can forget Episode 1-3. The Force Awakens IS the Star Wars I've been waiting for!
You can forget Episode 1-3. The Force Awakens IS the Star Wars I've been waiting for!
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11:17PM on 12/17/2015
Overall, it played too much to the nostalgia of the first movie, didn't really do enough to expand the world/drive the story forward in a new direction because it was too busy trying to please fans with little callbacks to the old movies...it's a good movie, it's really fun for the most part, but I wish it didn't spend so much time winking at the fans. Kylo Ren should have never taken off his mask - people in my theatre literally laughed out loud when he did.
Overall, it played too much to the nostalgia of the first movie, didn't really do enough to expand the world/drive the story forward in a new direction because it was too busy trying to please fans with little callbacks to the old movies...it's a good movie, it's really fun for the most part, but I wish it didn't spend so much time winking at the fans. Kylo Ren should have never taken off his mask - people in my theatre literally laughed out loud when he did.
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11:35PM on 12/17/2015
Well, no one laughed at my screening. Him taking off the mask was essential to that character.
Well, no one laughed at my screening. Him taking off the mask was essential to that character.