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  posted on 12/28/2015 at 05:31 PM
Just curious if anyone else has seen this yet. Thoughts opinions,etc...


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  posted on 12/28/2015 at 05:45 PM
Had a great time with the wife. We caught it in 3D in a 21 and over setting. I'm a big Joseph Campbell fan. He was a professor, writer, anthropologist and mythologist as well as friends with George Lucas. Campbell embraced the Star Wars saga as "the hero's journey" that has been told and re-told throughout humankind's existence. I feel "The Force Awakens" continues in that vein.

I didn't like the 3D effects in that the glasses are tinted and I feel really darkened the screen print. The movie was good enough that the wife and I are discussing seeing it in 2D.

 

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  posted on 12/28/2015 at 05:56 PM
I was pretty excited to see it. The movie seemed to get really
good/excellent reviews, nothing really negative by any means from what I read.

I feel within the "Star Wars" world it ranks pretty high
as far as compared to the others.

Overall ,my opinion it was a very solid movie, not great ,
but good enough if you are a fan you should go .

But like the reviews I read people seemed to be going nuts
about it and raving how great it was. I did not feel that way.
Maybe I should see it again. Great to me is "classic".
I wonder if some were biased or being too much of a "fanboy".

I could nit pick at a few things, but there were some really
good moments also.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2016 at 12:25 PM
I saw this this weekend and consider myself a fan who grew up on these films. I thought the movie was good but not great, as someone commented below. A couple things that were disappointing were that the plot was a rehash of the original movie. I thought the glib dialogue was also a mistake. These characters originalted from a galaxy far, far away, not cocky Americans ala Lethal Weapon or Die Hard. The movie added little to the overall Star Wars story line. I suppose for a younger generation who did not see the originals this was a way to bring them into the fold, but overall I didn't think it lived up to the hype.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2016 at 12:46 PM
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I saw this this weekend and consider myself a fan who grew up on these films. I thought the movie was good but not great, as someone commented below. A couple things that were disappointing were that the plot was a rehash of the original movie. I thought the glib dialogue was also a mistake. These characters originalted from a galaxy far, far away, not cocky Americans ala Lethal Weapon or Die Hard. The movie added little to the overall Star Wars story line. I suppose for a younger generation who did not see the originals this was a way to bring them into the fold, but overall I didn't think it lived up to the hype.

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I thought I was the only one that felt this way. JJ Abrahms did fix the problems of the last 3 movies, but didn't move the story forward in any way. While the movie itself was very good, I too was kind of dissapointed that it was basically a remake of the 1st film. Hopefully it's his was of rebooting the story and will take it in a new direction with the next installment.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2016 at 01:11 PM
My wife and I saw it this past weekend. We thought it was very entertaining theater and enjoyed it very much. If I was a movie critic, I could find lots to pan. I saw the original on the day it came out, but without having an idea of what to expect. There was a lot of ground-breaking stuff in that film.

But for someone just looking for a fun night out, it filled the bill.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2016 at 04:18 PM
I thought it was fun and captivating, just like most all of the ones before it.

This one had a kind of grit to it that I haven't seen in the others, though, which was effective.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2016 at 07:25 PM
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I saw this this weekend and consider myself a fan who grew up on these films. I thought the movie was good but not great, as someone commented below. A couple things that were disappointing were that the plot was a rehash of the original movie. I thought the glib dialogue was also a mistake. These characters originalted from a galaxy far, far away, not cocky Americans ala Lethal Weapon or Die Hard. The movie added little to the overall Star Wars story line. I suppose for a younger generation who did not see the originals this was a way to bring them into the fold, but overall I didn't think it lived up to the hype.



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  posted on 1/11/2016 at 07:37 PM
This movie sucked.

Sure, it was watchable but George Lucas set the bar so low by making two unwatchable and one watchable-but-not-all-that-great prequels that people seem to think this was a great or at least solid movie. It wasn't. When all the hype and anticipation is gone and you are watching this thing on cable two years from now you will be bored.

The only good parts of this movie are Harrison Ford and the special effects/costumes/sets.

Even the fact that it was a coherent and watchable plot comes with a big astrix: it is *painfully* obvious that JJ Abrams deliberately sat down and said "let's play 'not to lose'" and proceeded to make a Star Wars-paint-in-the-numbers plot that is a blatant amalgamation of the first two (original) Star Wars movies: the movie starts with a rebel hiding information in a droid sent to deliver it to the rebels, there is a Death Star (again!), there is a rescue from the Death Star, the Death Star almost blows up the rebel base, there is a father/son scene on a space bridge there is a creature bar scene, I could go on. It gets to the point where it gets insulting, like "you dopes are going to keep seeing these movies as long as we keep making The Same Movie."

The most disappointing part is the complete lack of character development. There was obviously none in the prequels but there seems to be buzz in around this one suggesting it's better in this one. It isn't. This isn't the actors' fault as they aren't given much to work with. The actions, motivations and sudden force and combat mastery displayed is too ridiculous, contrived and flat out stupid to be overlooked. Obviously, in a world of spaceships that in a few hours can travel thousands of light years at, um, light speed, suspended disbelief has always been part of the fun but if a sith master can be taken out by an untrained rookie Jedi, to pick one example, it pretty much dispels any sense of menace or notion of the bad guy as a threat. Especially when said bad guy acts like a spoiled four year old through the whole movie.

Harrison Ford is a double edged sword because it is awesome to see him back as Han Solo but he also exposes everyone else for what they are: a bunch of pretty faces painted into their assigned number around one the greatest living characters in cinema. (No disrespect to those actors. It's a tall task and they get screwed with their lines/parts). Without Harrison Ford this movie would be just another overly-expensive disposable block buster.

I did not like this movie. I could go on, but these are the things that bothered me the most. I am willing to bet that when viewed again when this finally comes out on cable, most will see it this way too if they don't already.

 

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  posted on 1/12/2016 at 10:24 AM
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This movie sucked.

Sure, it was watchable but George Lucas set the bar so low by making two unwatchable and one watchable-but-not-all-that-great prequels that people seem to think this was a great or at least solid movie. It wasn't. When all the hype and anticipation is gone and you are watching this thing on cable two years from now you will be bored.

The only good parts of this movie are Harrison Ford and the special effects/costumes/sets.

Even the fact that it was a coherent and watchable plot comes with a big astrix: it is *painfully* obvious that JJ Abrams deliberately sat down and said "let's play 'not to lose'" and proceeded to make a Star Wars-paint-in-the-numbers plot that is a blatant amalgamation of the first two (original) Star Wars movies: the movie starts with a rebel hiding information in a droid sent to deliver it to the rebels, there is a Death Star (again!), there is a rescue from the Death Star, the Death Star almost blows up the rebel base, there is a father/son scene on a space bridge there is a creature bar scene, I could go on. It gets to the point where it gets insulting, like "you dopes are going to keep seeing these movies as long as we keep making The Same Movie."

The most disappointing part is the complete lack of character development. There was obviously none in the prequels but there seems to be buzz in around this one suggesting it's better in this one. It isn't. This isn't the actors' fault as they aren't given much to work with. The actions, motivations and sudden force and combat mastery displayed is too ridiculous, contrived and flat out stupid to be overlooked. Obviously, in a world of spaceships that in a few hours can travel thousands of light years at, um, light speed, suspended disbelief has always been part of the fun but if a sith master can be taken out by an untrained rookie Jedi, to pick one example, it pretty much dispels any sense of menace or notion of the bad guy as a threat. Especially when said bad guy acts like a spoiled four year old through the whole movie.

Harrison Ford is a double edged sword because it is awesome to see him back as Han Solo but he also exposes everyone else for what they are: a bunch of pretty faces painted into their assigned number around one the greatest living characters in cinema. (No disrespect to those actors. It's a tall task and they get screwed with their lines/parts). Without Harrison Ford this movie would be just another overly-expensive disposable block buster.

I did not like this movie. I could go on, but these are the things that bothered me the most. I am willing to bet that when viewed again when this finally comes out on cable, most will see it this way too if they don't already.


I agree but also disagree. The originals are fantastic! I was there when they first came out! They were groundbreaking, refreshing, new and had a great story line. I did not like the similarities between the old plot of the originals and the new one. How could they copy our original masterpiece and turn it into something new?

But, after giving it some thought, I digress. This is not your's or my "Star Wars" anymore. I look at it as passing the torch sort of. It really has gotten a whole new generation of fans interested in it again. Case in point my 6 year old son. He loves the new movie. He has that same interest I had in the movie when I was young. It is so very cool to see. As much as I wanted something different from the movie, it did still deliver, but in a different way. I still have my original movies, the ones I grew up with and fell in love with. These new film(s) are for the younger generation. Hopefully they can be respectful to the originals while moving the franchise forward. Kinda like the ABB when Dickey was gone. Although my heart was more with the original lineups with Dickey, Derek and Warren carried that torch and were respectful of the history and brought the music to a whole new group of fans.

Just my opinion though!

 

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  posted on 1/12/2016 at 12:56 PM
Enjoyed it, it pushed a lot of familiar buttons and felt like it belonged in the series.

Kind of like the zombie stuff, you know what is going to happen but you want to see it anyway.

 
 


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