Monday, December 28, 2015

*Not Quite* Immediate Response: Star Wars- The Force Awakens

Well, this one was coming one way or another.  This one is a bit late, as I've simply been away from the site since the 24th.

Since I saw this almost 3 days ago now, I have some perspective on...
The Good
* The Film is a visual spectacle.  I saw it in 3-D (who doesn't love a headache), so that was enhanced.
* The size and scope is right, starting out somewhat small and building nicely.
* The new Characters are pretty good, for the most part.  Time will tell how they match up, of course.
* Seeing the Original Cast is always nice too.
* The Film feels very familiar in many good ways.  Then again...

The Bad
* It almost feels too similar at times.  Most of the new Cast fits the same Roles from the Original Trilogy in almost the exact same way.  As cute as he is, BB-8 is WAY too close to being R2-D2.
* Kylo Ren definitely has some big shoes to fill.  His outbursts are right on the borderline of being silly, so that's something to be careful about in future Films.
* SO MANY QUESTIONS!  While maybe this should be in The Good, some of it feels so cheap with its lack of explanation.  Where the hell did a new Sith Lord come from exactly?!?
* Without SPOILERS, I will say that one big Character turn really comes without the proper build-up and wreaks of Plot Contrivance.

It is kind of ironic, if you think about it.  J.J. Abrams gets alot of flack for making Star Trek Films that are so different that the name is a giant misnomer.

Now he's made a Star Wars Film that is TOO similar to the Original Films and he's getting crap from me.

Regardless, the Film is big, loud and fun overall.  If you can look past the stuff that just feels cheap or easy, you will have a great time.  The Film is going to make a bundle, so why not be a part of it?

1 comment:

  1. "The Film is going to make a bundle, so why not be a part of it?"
    I'm not sure what you mean by that... is Disney offering kickbacks to fans who applaud it without critical dissent?

    I thought it was OK... predictable and familiar... then looked at the calendar and wondered, "When is The Hateful Eight coming out?"