Popular Opinion PodcastStar Wars Popular Opinion Podcast: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Review written by Sean Gerber January 18, 2016 There has been an awakening! Popular Opinion Podcast returns with Sean Gerber and Mark Hughes providing their long overdue review of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. They also look at the tremendous success and impact of the film as it continues to reenergize Star Wars mania all around the world. Please rate, review, and subscribe to Popular Opinion Podcast on iTunes. Popular Opinion Podcast: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Review was last modified: February 19th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related DisneyLucasfilmStar Wars: The Force Awakens 3 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. 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June 4, 2014 JJ Abrams to Direct ‘Star Wars’ January 24, 2013 CaptainJack Great podcast as always guys; I agree with all your points so completely, both praises and criticisms (with the exception of Solo’s no-look blaster shot and “14 parsecs” being the only real groaners for me, which you guys liked haha, go figure). I think that Starkiller Base and it’s Death Star 3 quality is my biggest sticking point issue with the film for it’s repetitious nature, but with that said, the two main visual elements that became associated with it’s use in the film were absolutely spectacular to me; a red five fingered hand reaching across the galaxy is an amazing, imposing image, and the whole concept of draining a sun for it’s power was probably designed just for that single moment of the light being stolen from the face of Kylo Ren in “that” sequence is great cinematic filmmaking. While there is light there is still hope, melodramatic stuff but brilliant, just as Star Wars has always been. It really is an excellent Star Wars film that brings the fun, the funny, the adventure and personality back to the film series that I grew up with on old VHS tapes and a bucket full of action figures. I cannot express how glad I am that the future is indeed bright for this series, for these fantastic new characters – Episode 8 really can’t come soon enough, and Rian Johnson is absolutely the right person to skew this tale into uncharted territory. Hey berto Great Podcast, as usual guys, thanks for the insight and some new stuff to think about. I have two issues with the film to bring up that occurred to me while listening. 1. Like you, I thought there were real problems with how they used the original cast. I didn’t feel, outside of Han, in particular.. and in a somewhat lesser way, Chewie.. that their presence worked as I had hoped. And it’s not the amount of time they’re on screen… I think we all wanted to see everyone gather together and interact, but that’s really not the issue either. I mean.. knowing we’re never going to see Luke and Han on screen together is heartbreaking and disappointing. But that doesn’t mean I’m disappointed in the film for taking that route. It’s tragic, and that’s ok. What isn’t ok with me, is so many little things. The Han and Leia interaction left me a little lacking as well. The dialogue was perfect (thanks Mr. Kasdan!) but the dots just didn’t feel like they connected as they should have. When Chewie and Rey land back at the resistance base, Chewie walks right past Leia, and Leia hugs Rey. That’s where it misses, in a big way. Abrams in general does not slow down to allow for more emotional exploration, and we should have gotten that. We were all needing to mourn Han on screen, and the movie didn’t really allow that to happen amongst that old cast, and I felt it was a major misstep.. particularly for this first film. 2. This isn’t necessarily an ‘issue’ but more of an observation. I believe Lucas said something to the effect of – Star Wars is a space opera and about the Skywalker family. Also, it’s essentially told through the eyes of Artoo and Threepio. That first idea may be gone, we don’t know yet.. but it’s the only reason I want Rey to be a Skywalker.. keep that name as the thrust of the story. As for the droids, I think that this story is no longer being told from their essential perspective. 3PO is barely in it, and Artoo is comatose. These were cool ideas that I liked from the first two trilogies, but maybe it’s time to let those ideas go so they don’t become constraining. I’m open to them either way so we don’t become constrained by a story trope that could be too constraining. SeanLM I saw it twice to give a fair review. It was fine while I was sitting in the theater but it lacks any resonance. Mark my words: In five years people won’t give this movie a second thought. I feel the same way about Jurassic World. It is vapor. It’s a difficult movie to nitpick because it was clearly made at the level of minutiae. Every technical detail was expertly crafted. The acting was all fine. The real problems with the film are broad brush strokes– i.e. the writing, the unoriginal story, characterization, etc. and the older I get, the less inclined I am to forgive such failings when there is better genre fare out there. Quoting box office numbers ($1.8 billion at the box office can’t be wrong!) means nothing. It just means that spending hundreds of millions marketing a franchise utterly reliant on nostalgia still works. And this movie ruthlessly mines nostalgia more than it adds to the mythology. The only real question is: is it the 3rd or the 4th best SW film? While ROTJ is easily the worst of the originals, The Force Awakens is behind ROTJ and ahead of the prequels, although interestingly the prequels will continue to have more impact on the mythology than this new trilogy will. Force Awakens is like a GenerationX/Millennial remix of A New Hope done not as well. I’m honestly more excited for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 than Episode 8.