Star Wars Open Forum: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – THE FORCE AWAKENS written by Robert Reineke December 16, 2015 Disney and J.J. Abrams’s revival of STAR WARS opens today in parts of the world. I know this is kind of obscure, but I guess some people might have something to say about it. So, while we’re waiting around for reviews, podcasts, etc., feel free to give us your reaction. Your likes, your dislikes, what you hope to see in the future, and any general thoughts on the film. Oh, and you might want to hold off on the spoiler talk a bit until Saturday or so. Open Forum: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – THE FORCE AWAKENS was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Star Wars: The Force Awakens 15 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Weekly Ratings Roundup: December 6 to 12, 2015 next post STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Review You may also like STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Covers EW... 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All of it.” Because what he’s saying to me is, “kid, what you felt all those years ago, really happened.” Now, I’m always wary these days about big tent-pole flicks because I find them usually disappointing. But I did enjoy Abrams first Star Trek flick. It gave the right amount of respect to the former property. I’ve read good things about Star Wars, but I almost think some reviews are paid for. I have trust issues. I read one in the Wall Street Journal–yes, the WSJ! It read like a Trump speech. It’s great. Daisy Ridley is great! The other guy is great! You’re gonna be so happy! Guy usually doesn’t write like that so I don’t know. But I’ll let you guys see it first. I hate crowded theaters. Adrian Edmondson I agree about the big crowds . That’s why I go on Thursday , less crowds . I am tamping down my expectations so I don’t get overly disappointed . Hope you enjoy it when you get around to seeing it . stock Thank you, Young One. I’m going to do my best to do just that. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on it. Adrian Edmondson So here are my thoughts ….good film that needs to be seen several times , which I will certainly do . And nice set up going forward . Nuff said Michael Lalaian Of the 7 Star Wars films thus far, this one is right dab in the middle for me in terms of ranking. It’s not the best star wars film, but its definitely not the worst. More than anything it got me excited for episode VIII. Justin Spoiler alert: This was an awesome film. I loved it for the reasons naysayer critics complained about. Hairs on the neck at attention, heart strings pulled, the same action beats from previous films sets the right tone. No real shockers, just a well made film. The love of the content and characters is well felt by the film maker. Great new characters and leaves you wanting more. Couldn’t have been set up any better. Watch out Titanic and Avatar, the Force is going to pull over 2 billion from people’s wallets. Robert Reineke Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is a fun romp, with some promising, likable new characters, a wonderful sense of place utilizing practical effects to maximum value, and sees Harrison Ford bring it. I certainly recommend it. But, it also plays it utterly safe feeling like a remake of Star Wars for good chunks of the run time. Save for two cgi characters and Domhall Gleeson, I don’t have much to really complain about except that I was hoping for a more forward looking film rather than a film that looks back as much as it does. Well, and the film kind of mistakes being busy with being memorable for action. Still, I really like Finn, Rey, Poe Dameron, and Kylo Ren. I’m looking forward to seeing them stretch out in the next film. I kind of hope that the next one isn’t so breathlessly paced too. People remember the quiet moments of Star Wars too, and there’s nothing in here to really compare to the twin sunsets moment. Also, calling the hero side The Resistance makes not a lick of sense. I suppose “The Republicans” is too closely identified with the real world, but I found it somewhat distracting every time it was brought up. In retrospect, the “no spoilers” thing is kind of funny. There really aren’t any shocking reveals and the plot is pretty familiar. Some of that is good, I like that they develop Kylo Ren as a character by revealing chunks of his back story as the film goes along instead of hiding that information for a shocking revelation. I actually found the character much more interesting this way. A lesson learned from the fizzled Khan reveal I hope. This is a film I think shows that Abrams is a talented director, his work casting the film, getting good performances, and the overall look of the film is top notch, but not a particularly good ideas man. His film career is composed entirely of sequels, reboots, and homages. He’d have been right at home in the classic studio system. Hopefully, he’ll worry about his own legacy some moving forward. Still, it lays the groundwork for a sequel that hopefully will go new places. I’m looking forward to the sequel. Hopefully it fulfills the promises that this movie makes but doesn’t fully deliver on. Hugo Seriese Thanks for this Robert, very well said. During the film I actually thought a lot about Superman Returns (and I see Bob Marshall brings it up a few comments away). Any thoughts on that? I think it is indeed paced in a very similar way as the original and some of it made me want to say “try something new please!” especially the ending, which could’ve been a foreshadowing of more ‘pondering on the past’. This seems to be a bit of a trend I think, however maybe it was just seeing the PointBreak trailer right before this movie. It makes you wonder what kind of reboots of reboots we’ll be watching 30 years from now. Then again, the characters, design (puppets!) and a lot of the good stuff looked promising, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. GibLesPaul456 This is the best Star Wars movie since Empire…I saw the movie twice and it was better on the second viewing. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the new generation of characters…Rey, Finn and Poe bring fresh new blood and joyful energy to the series. I cared more about these characters than anyone from Episodes I to III (outside of Ewan Macgregor’s Obi-Wan). Kylo Ren brings a different take to the Dark Side…he is formidable but very emotional and troubled. There’s alot of things happening internally and he is a very complicated character to say the least. Harrison Ford brought Han Solo back in style…it was an absolute joy to see him with Chewbacca. I can’t wait to see the next Episode…summer of 2017 can’t come fast enough!:) Bob Marshall Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a good film, its not brilliant though, it has its flaws. Its funny how the experience is very similar to Superman Returns. The opening credits transport you back to been a child, its promising for 45 minutes, then something feels off and it never gets any better, it sort of levels out. Another film I would compare it to is X-Men, its a good set up movie and who knows maybe after episode 8 I will appreciate what it did but it was a little disappointing as a stand alone film. stock I always feel like a curmudgeon around here, but isn’t Solo something of an old Cur himself? It was Solo’s movie, and they just gave all the mystic Force stuff to the girl and Kylo Ren. It felt like a movie in search of characters to me. Outside of the original folks, I liked these people, but I can’t care about a conflict that’s resolved by just giving a character super-duper Force powers. Finn is supposedly bred and raised to be a Stormtrooper, but outside of his original conflict with his orders, he’s kind of just a kid without any motivation, so he gets all the “hey, whassup with that” lines. He was too normal for someone who should have to go through deprogramming. Rey: good character, though certainly not the first female hero in Star Wars mythology. People who are saying that obviously don’t know Star Wars mythology or are sure that you are stupid. Solo: great to see him again, and He Crashed the MF! Art does imitate life after all. But he should have gone down fighting IMO. Much better than simple sucker patricide. You can practically see this movie played out on a storyboard. For the one guy here who hasn’t seen it. Sorry, how was I to know? pud333 Saw the movie two days ago. Now I know why the trailers revealed very little. Because if they had, people would realize this was just a remix of A New Hope. The entire strategy seems like it was built to hide the paper thin plot. I give it a passing grade, but barely. Poe’s X-wing represents this entire film. It’s just a regular one painted black. That’s what this movie was. A repaint. Ugh. Marie Two weeks later and I’ve finally caught up with the rest of the world and saw the film today. Now, I definitely don’t consider myself a Star Wars fan, although I enjoyed the Clone Wars a lot, but I don’t think I’ll ever fall in love w/this series like so many people. Going in, I was curious because of the crazy amount of good word that’s been buzzing since the film’s release. After watching the film, I can say it was good and entertaining even though it didn’t blow my mind as I’ve seen people say. I liked the new characters, but they definitely need to be flushed out more, which I assume will happen in the upcoming films. I thought the film was a good bridge between the old and the new to carry the story forward and I was fine with that. I have to say there were moments in the film I found predictable, especially concerning Han Solo. I knew that was coming before the scene actually happened so that really wasn’t shocking. Also, I wasn’t a fan of being told who Kylo Ren’s parents were. I know the trailers hinted at it. Still, that’s something I would’ve liked better if it was shaded a bit in mystery without someone coming out and directly saying who his parents were. I like how the original films did w/Luke & Leia parentage. Maybe, that’s something they didn’t want to rehash so they decided to come out directly with it. Still… I can say that one thing I did appreciate about this film was for the first time (as a non-Star Wars fan) I was able to understand what was going on. They kept it simple. One of my issues with all 6 films & Clone Wars was that it dealt a lot with politics and I know that’s played a huge part in this universe, but it just was never my favorite aspect of this series. Not having to deal with that on a major scale in this film was a benefit for me. Going forward, that might not be the case but for this film, I liked that. Overall, I found it entertaining as I’m sure I’ll watch the next film since I’m curious where these characters will go. Good film, don’t love it, but enjoyable. Tony Joyce Watched the new film when it first came out. I’m sorry to say we’ve seen it before. I think it was missing a hell of a lot and wish Disney hadn’t destroyed the starwars universe. I really wanted to like it but just couldn’t.