Here's our verdict on Star Wars: Episode 7 - The Force Awakens. than the prequels managed in six hours, the characters bouncing off each other themselves with a bit of dust in their eye when certain characters meet for the . is picked up in a place that makes sense, and the old chemistry is still there. Classic STAR WARS Characters Meet Their New Equivalents in Funny at characters like Luke and Rey, Obi-Wan and old Han Solo, Finn and. When George Lucas began work on Star Wars in the mids, a chemistry professor at Syracuse University who died in , once . Much like Chewbacca, Artoo is among the most alien of the central Star Wars characters: He "So Artoo is 50 percent machine and 50 percent organic, coming out of.
Saw it with my sis who didn't pick that up and her first response was "Holdo should have been more transparent. A couple jokes fell flat but mostly it hit the right notes.
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Furthermore, my main fears the last two years were 1 predictable Rey falls to dark side for a while plot and 2 "surprise" reveal that Rey is Luke's daughter, so I'm grateful for what they didn't do. This rebellion like so many is run by ladies, and the bench is deep, and it was glorious to see. They absolutely had my number with those fuckers. Shut up and take my money. But also yes that that strange and often clunky? Then how did Rose and Finn get in? The whole casino thing: I get that they were making a class argument in that subplot, and I'm so there for that They were a set design, not people.
I think I'm going to need to see it again before that really sinks in. Her turning into a floating force witch kinda took me out of it though Got super emotional again when Luke and Leia meet. He is just such a distillation of everything I fear about the way that the toxic masculinity and all the garbage of our culture scrapes and scrapes away at people and festers and rots them from the inside.
Adam Driver is incredible. I'm delighted that they didn't. The problem with the prequels ok, a problem was that they took this giant universe and shrunk it to nothing. Not everything has to be connected. Where TFA was all about flashing back to the original trilogy the message of this film was explicitly let the past die. I love that Rey is just a nobody.
That she isn't some chosen one with a heroic lineage. The universe can start to expand again. It felt a bit long, but I'm not sure what could have been cut. I am sad, though, that it felt like Leia was set up for a big setup in the next movie and imstead we'll get I thought the two - twin - stars setting was particularly poetic.
I saw Luke not leaving foot prints and thought that the dust was going to be a plot point. I loved that surprise! The pacing felt disjointed. The movie wanted to be another hour longer - and agreed on the missed potential for tension during the starship chase. Snoke felt entirely too one dimensional and wasted. I'll have more tomorrow, I'm sure. It was a really solid movie. I really enjoyed it. And that opening fanfare always makes me bawl like a baby. Ten-year-old son sitting next to me loved it.
So many great moments, so many genuinely funny moments, and the scene in Snoke's chamber was utterly breathtaking in a way that took me back to watching Luke and Vader at the end of ESB in The Force Awakens and Rogue One each, in their own ways, provided everything I wanted in a Star Wars movie, far more than the prequels ever did, but this gave us things I didn't even know I wanted in a Star Wars movie.
None of them thought of jumping to light speed to get ahead of that rebel scum? Maybe the Rebels should have abandoned ship earlier to pull the lightspeed trick? Maybe star cruisers should have an auto pilot? Why you gotta waste Gwendoline Christie like that?
Loved Leia saving herself from space. It was hokey in a sense, but thematically it worked so well and looked so beautiful.
Mark Hamill killed it. Loved seeing playful Yoda again Wtf is up with Poe this movie, he constantly made terrible decisions. Maybe he was metaphor for the old fans vs the new fans, I dunno know, it was just weird how irresponsible it was. Especially since the admiral wouldn't tell him about the secret plan.
I want a crystal fox. Loved Kylo and Rey fighting together. So I guess Snoke was just macguffin in a movie full of macguffin.
Like TFA, I fell in love with the characters and their interactions, especially the introduction of Rose. But the paper thin plot and villains along with the awkward pacing just kills it for me, like TFA. So much potential there, and it's just squandered on cheap gimmicks. So many people pissed off that Rey isn't some sort of lost Skywalker. So many pissed off that we didn't get some big, lumbersome Snoke backstory as if Snoke was anyone's favourite character from TFA, or something.
I loved the direction Johnson took on those and other plot points: Like Empire, this installment is about something more profound than the next chapter in a space opera. Pretty much every speaking character gets a moment to tell us what kind of character they're trying to be, which is amazing when you think about it.
It's a story about stories, which I'm just a huge sucker for, especially when they're done well, and I think this one is. By the end, I did think there was probably one set-piece too many. The obvious-to-me cut is the extended casino scene. I appreciate what they're trying to do, but it does seem to drag on a bit.
No disrespect to Finn and Rose, who have great chemistry and make a fun duo. Here I was getting ready to be all pissed about blowing up a perfectly nice Asian lady without even giving her lines, and then they go and make one a major character.
You win this round, cinema. I remember thinking "wait, how come Luke's saber is blue right now, they shook that one apart" during the face-off. In retrospect, I think it's really cool to make his idealized form into the image of his father as Anakin should have been and into the student Obi-Wan trained. I love that green lightsaber unreservedly, but I think it's a nice touch to have him choose to return to the beginning, as with the binary sunset.
Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley are absolutely astonishing in this movie. They're both complete inhabitants of their characters. I bought all of it. Other than leaving me feeling like it's probably a little too long, I thought the movie was fantastic, and the more I think about it, the more impressed I am. I was hoping for big things from Rian Johnson, and I'm not disappointed at all.
I thirst for fanboy tears. The kid right at the end with the broom. When he picked it up it looked like there was a hint of force telekinesis, like, it moved to his hand, or was I imagining that?
A hint that Rey's not the last Jedi after all. It didn't make sense for her to have been Kylo's sister or Luke's daughter - neither Luke or Leia would have abandoned their kid to the life as a scavenger on a desert planet.
If anything they would have left her in the care of a loving foster family like they were. It also fit as a struggle for Rey to overcome, and a lever for Kylo to try and tempt her. I liked the "This is the Empire Strikes Back" parallels - the cave, the rock lifting, Yoda, Rey learning her origins, being double crossed by a somewhat affable rogue, a place full of indulgent aliens.
And Luke's sunken x-wing, which I am glad he did not fly off in. I loved the cast - particularly Rose and Laura Dern were great additions.
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Watching the First Order try to manage with toxic masculinity in charge was very satisfying. Rey and Luke were great. Leia was excellent, though I guess the vacuum of space works very differently in the Star Was galaxy. And what was with all the boob jokes? And also the island nun aliens speaking space Italian? And also, I've spent the past 25 years or so getting soundly mocked for loving Return of the Jedi and enjoying the Ewoks because that was apparently blatant pandering to children and marketing who ruined the purity of the Star Wars experience.
So why is everyone all about the porgs, the cute pandering marketing ploy of all cute pandering marketing ploys? My final complaint was that the movie felt loooong. I was ready for the ending climax when Luke showed up, and then there were another 4 possibly satisfying endings until I literally sighed and rolled my eyes when Finn popped back up. If this movie was cut down to an hour and a half, it would have been tight and amazing. As it was, it was fun and I'll see it again, but I was kind of disappointed.
I'd like to see modern films focus a bit more, but as it is "fans" were complaining that 28 minutes of material was cut out. People seem to want big long epics. Apparently, The Hobbit films didn't disabuse them of that notion.
For a film that made some very nice choices to not slavishly follow the originals, that seemed like a cop out. The kid being force sensitive was a nice touch, mimics the end of Buffer the Vampire Slayer. Smashing the idea that only certain people can be Jedi or use the force was great. You're instantly reminded how wonderful Star Wars can be when putting memorable people and aliens at the forefront of the action is a priority. And beyond the fun and the humour, The Force Awakens manages to be genuinely moving at times — it's a hardy soul who won't find themselves with a bit of dust in their eye when certain characters meet for the first time — and it isn't afraid to put you through the emotional wringer.
Abrams the director excels here, knowing all the right buttons to push and when. As a self-avowed Star Wars fan, staying suitably objective must have been one hell of a challenge.
Which format should you watch The Force Awakens in? Image 1 of 4 Viewer: Little Theatre Cinema, Bath Seating: Four seats from left, front row Price: My local Odeon sadly decided to just do 3D showings of Star Wars at midnight in order to roll in those sweet 3D ticket price mark-ups, and in no way was I willing to watch an inferior version of the film for more money. Star Wars is meant to be seen in 2D.
That's how we all saw the original trilogy. And this is so deliberately a throwback to those films, to recreating the beats of A New Hope while introducing a new generation of characters, that it just makes the most sense. I wouldn't recommend seeing it in any other way. So much of the appeal of seeing The Force Awakens is about recapturing the feeling you had watching the films on the big screen in orthat I don't believe any environmental 3D effects would greatly improve this brilliant revival of the series — see it in 2D at a cinema where you know you're going to have a comfortable, fun experience.
Image 2 of 4 Viewer: Eight rows from front, centre Price: The Force Awakens was never going to be an groundbreaking 3D watch along the lines of Gravity. However, it's about as good as a conversion as I've seen in a while.
In particular, the early scenes on Jakku have a wonderful depth to them that really gives a sense of scale, more so than in the 2D IMAX version I saw previously.
And while some of the action sequences skirt close to being a bit of a blur due to their speed, the first-person segments of them are terrific and the ratio change for one particular segment becomes an immersive experience. Is it an essential watch in 3D?
That would entirely depend on your opinion on the format. Naysayers aren't going to be swayed and would likely choose to see it in 2D in the first placebut the conversion could have been an awful lot worse hello, Clash of the Titans. The Force Awakens unmissable, and if it happens to be in 3D, then rest assured that your viewing won't be impaired with a dodgy conversion. Image 3 of 4 Viewer: Empire Leicester Square, London Seating: Three rows from the back, left of centre Price: The original movies worked fine in two dimensions, so what's the point of confusing matters by throwing in a third?6 STAR WARS CHARACTERS MEET THEIR NEW EQUIVALENTS - REACTION!!!!!
Just so long as the screen was as big as humanly possible, the picture quality good and the roar of the TIE Fighters loud, I knew I could live without watching the opening crawl disappear into the actual distance. In fact, it was utterly spectacular — one of the finest cinematic experiences of my life, along with Avatar. Having since seen the film on a standard 2D screen, I now realise just how amazing it was. The scale is what makes it — having that galaxy far, far away fill your entire field of view is utterly exhilarating, allowing your mind to be totally transported to another world.
It's a given that the action sequences look amazing — the Millennium Falcon's acrobatic escape from Jakku is probably the highlight — but IMAX also accentuates the smaller, subtler character beats and emotions. The only place the movie suffers is with the weaker CG effects — like Andy Serkis's performance-captured Supreme Leader Snoke — where the enhanced picture quality is less kind to the flaws. Image 4 of 4 Viewer: Seven rows from front, left of centre Price: The screen is overwhelmingly huge, and I can see the corners of my glasses wherever I look, as if each eyeball was fixed on a different screen.
Moments into the action, a friend advises me to focus on the centre of the image, and the black frame surrounding my periphery vision melts away like a Magic Eye picture. From that point on, all that mattered was the movie, and what impresses most is the breakneck pace of the action, plus the pixel-crisp clarity of the image — not to mention the organ-reverberating surround sound.
Which may, in no small part, be due to the cocktail of beer, spirits, spicy burritos, coffee and fizzy sweets I'd scoffed in my lunatic excitement pre-show.
The only 3D bits that really stood out were the 'first-person' planetary descents, the map hologram and the expected 'out of screen' bits, like the Falcon bursting through the trees. I had to remove my glasses about 45 minutes in for an eye rub, but there was no major discomfort. Overall, I'd say the scale and resolution of the IMAX screen was more telling than the 3D effect, and significantly more so, the film itself.