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Old 19.12.2015, 23:36
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens [spoiler alert - reviews]

Went to watch the new Starwars this evening.
Great, fantastic, glad to have seen it in the cinema, it´s, it´s, well, great, fantastic, glad to have seen it in the cinema…! It totally meeksa uppa farrr Jar Jar Binks.
But I found it well flat, bland, totally in the comfort zone of those who think that Avengers and that wretched Mad Max thingy etc. are works of art. It did not have me on the edge of my seat, I did not sit there totally agog and breathing through my mouth like I did when I watched the first one in the cinema.
Why? I ask myself, is it because we are jaded and have have seen it all before, nice explosions, great graphics, a nice simple story, this one is from J. J. Abrams and to be truthful and sacrilegious I would say that the borders between his Startrek and his Starwars are non existent, both franchises (how I hate that word) could well take place in each others.
Well why not have Captain America and maybe the fantastic 4 into the pilot seat of a TIE-Fighter?
To be honest I am happy to have seen it but my verdict is: Meh!
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Old 19.12.2015, 23:44
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Craps. Exactly what I was afraid of: JJ Abrams making a JJ Abrams film rather than a Star Wars Film.

Ta muchly for the review.
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Old 20.12.2015, 00:19
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Re: Starwars

Please add spoilers in your title! People have not seen it yet.

I saw it today and agree, great execution horrible scenario. A bigger Death Star, a family member turned Sith, a fight over the bridge and someone dies....same spacechips, same armies.

This was like a remake instead of a new movie.
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Re: Starwars

I totally agree with the meh...
I wasn't expecting a great movie to get me at the edge of the seat, let's be honest, how many movies do that nowdays?
I went to see star wars expecting to be reunited with old characters, because I feel attached with them since I'm a child, and because I wanted to see how the story went after the "happy ending" of episode 6.
So for personal and emotional reasons I love the movie
as a movie critic, I would not say is a good movie, the plot is exactly the same as episode 4. I had a hint of everything that was going to happen.
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Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [spoiler alert - reviews]

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Good to see the sliding Star Wars font on screens

Bad that JJ is on it now

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Old 21.12.2015, 11:14
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Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [spoiler alert - reviews]

I saw it yesterday and quite liked it.

It's definitely an improvement on the last three. Maybe because of the return of all the classic and likeable characters, or most of them anyway.

There were plenty of insider jokes and one liners.

I agree much of the storyline was a remake, as was much of the imagery, even down to tiny details such as camera angles and snippets of dialogues, but I guess this was intentional and playing to the crowd. Of course there were some interesting twists as in the reversal of the father-son conflict, so I interpreted it as a remake in a "what if" setting.

That said, in cointrast to the earlier films, the further development seems pretty predictable now. A new love scene coming up as remake of the Han and Leia one. In the next episode there will probably be an even bigger Death Star.
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Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [spoiler alert - reviews]

Took my son and his friend (11&12yrs) to see it, luckily we managed to see it 3D. They both loved it, especially in 3D, and neither of them have seen the original 3 movies. They both now have an interest in seeing the originals.

I thought it was good/okay, but could've been better. The movie dragged towards the end and I did wonder if it would indeed end. Considering the recent Star Trek movies and Guardians of the Galaxy are far better, exciting and much more fun.

Pity it isn't better.
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Old 24.12.2015, 16:52
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Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [spoiler alert - reviews]

I loved it; made me feel the same way as watching the original back in '77.
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Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [spoiler alert - reviews]

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I loved it; made me feel the same way as watching the original back in '77.
I agree with Paddy G (see what I did there) - go Rey!
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Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [spoiler alert - reviews]

I watched it and all I could think afterwards was how the hell was Mark Hamill so smug at the premiere?! Strutting his stuff like championship boxer on his way to the ring. He literally did NOTHING in the film. That fella has won the lottery twice.







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Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [spoiler alert - reviews]

There are plenty of sites out there already debating the plot holes - mainly around the why did R2 reveal the rest of the map only once the "Planet" was destroyed - and why in the first firing did it happen in daylight when later on they say they suck the power in daylight and fire once the sun has gone down - and in fact why does the sun not go down but behind clouds - and how did a janitor become so good at fighting - and how did Rey get so good with the force when it took Luke so long while training in a swamp.

I suspect more will be revealed in the next movie - and I also suspect that JJA wanted to break the dependency on the "originals".

It was a good watch - but that doesn't make it a good movie!
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and how did Rey get so good with the force when it took Luke so long while training in a swamp.
That one's easy:
1) he (Luke) had too many doubts
2) Millennials are much quicker to adapt to their environment than X-gen
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Old 05.01.2016, 12:39
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...as watching the original back in '77.
Fills me with sadness and arthritis, this statement does.
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Old 05.01.2016, 12:55
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That one's easy:
1) he (Luke) had too many doubts
2) Millennials are much quicker to adapt to their environment than X-gen
I was amazed with how stupid the Imperial dudes were, "lets build a new bigger more powerful Death Star with the same weak point, oh!" And all the planning to go and destroy it was like, "hey lets go blow that thing up. Easy." and then who really gives a shit where Luke is?
Summed up, the film is as follows: Kid grows up on desert planet not knowing father is a Jedi and has passed on the force. Droid appears with plans/map. Dark forces kill everyone. Harrison and Hairy beast reluctantly help out. They go to a cool but dangerous bar with space bandits and music. A Jedi loses a hand. The underdogs the rebels win (without help of the force?) Everybody is happy, especially Mark Hammil although perhaps not Han or Leiah. Sound similar?

Yes I was a little bit disappointed.
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I was amazed with how stupid the Imperial dudes were, "lets build a new bigger more powerful Death Star with the same weak point, oh!" And all the planning to go and destroy it was like, "hey lets go blow that thing up. Easy." and then who really gives a shit where Luke is?
Summed up, the film is as follows: Kid grows up on desert planet not knowing father is a Jedi and has passed on the force. Droid appears with plans/map. Dark forces kill everyone. Harrison and Hairy beast reluctantly help out. They go to a cool but dangerous bar with space bandits and music. A Jedi loses a hand. The underdogs the rebels win (without help of the force?) Everybody is happy, especially Mark Hammil although perhaps not Han or Leiah. Sound similar?

Yes I was a little bit disappointed.
Certainly the final battle wont require X-Wing Fighters to fly through a narrow trench to get to their target.


Oh, wait....
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Old 05.01.2016, 13:15
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Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [spoiler alert - reviews]

Maybe they thought we'ed all have alzheimer's by now

It was a complete carbon copy, but for new recruits who had never seen an episode, they loved it, even my reluctant OH
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Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [spoiler alert - reviews]

Not to worry... he comes back in Indy 5
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Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [spoiler alert - reviews]

I have not verified by myself but, read that Ford dies for the first time on screen.
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I have not verified by myself but, read that Ford dies for the first time on screen.
Humm, I think we all died a bit in "Space Indy and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"

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