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Average User Score: 6.9Dec 23, 2015What is Force Awakens? Does it feel like Star Wars? No it doesn't. It took me maybe 1/3rd into the film to get a smidgen of a Star Wars vibe.What is Force Awakens? Does it feel like Star Wars? No it doesn't. It took me maybe 1/3rd into the film to get a smidgen of a Star Wars vibe. Ever wonder what Star Wars would look like fast paced & gritty with hard color grading, editing, & angle shots? You know, like Star Wars fan-films you see online? Force Awakens is filmed in JJ Abrams style. Lucas would use mostly flat & face shots. Yes that is a very static way of filming, but it is also a very classic way. It lets you focus on the richness of the scene. Everything was so stream in Force Awakens that it felt like a cheap 3D amusement park ride.
But how were the characters? Rey? Daisy Ridley is wonderful, but sadly she's written as a Mary Sue. Literally every action she does is: showing up the boys. & I mean every. single. action. There are at least 28 moments..... in the film where they directly show this to you, then do a camera wink nod - she can take care of herself. But I love her charisma and my "only hope" is to see her in other things besides Disney Star Wars.
Ohh Finn. The new Jar Jar Binks. Ohh wait, Jar Jar actually had a strong character arch & came from a creative well designed species with incredible indigenous technology. What was Finn? A former Storm Trooper who gets sad one of his unit dies, then has no problem murdering his poor fellow troopers to go AWOL. What's more? They remove Boyega's beautiful Chav accent & make him talk like....a "typical" American. Yes they go out. Even giving him cringe lines like "Droid Plz" "H3ll No", & everything trope you can imagine. He was a clown buffoon & was literally saved by Rey every scene they are together. What's more, his fake US accent is horrible and sounds HORSE while yelling (which he does a lot). If you thought Anakin and Padme were awkward in the prequels, baby you ain't seen nothing yet. I had to look away, close my eyes, etc many times during this. It was that cringe worthy. Wow. Do Boyega and Daisy have good chemistry irl? Absolutely! But it's lost when you change accents. Typical Hollywood fare, changing accent for zero reason. It doesn't work. It's not convincing to native speakers of the accent. Stop.
Onto design The new Stormtroopers look horrendous, okay. We have to see so much of them, and it's these goofy gigantic duckfaces. They also seem to be composed of pure eggshell white non-reflective bristol board.
....George Lucas exercised a level of Quality Control over Lucasfilm that is now gone. JJ was given Kasdan, Williams, & Struzan. Keys to the kingdom. But what does he do? He does what he SAYS he did. Sat there like a giddy fan-boy, letting them "do their magic". Lucas certainly did not. He micromanaged them. The results are obvious.
TFA John Williams score: mediocre
TFA Drew Struzan poster: mediocre
TFA Lawrence Kasdan script: rehash
Experiment made! And the results are...guess what! It really was Lucas' genius that pulled together his 6 films. Lucas even added all of the good elements to Empire Strikes Back. Yes, George Lucas.
In Conclusion...Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens is THE worst SW film by far. I rank it below every prequel & guess what. Lucas said it is "not his story". meaning Not Canon. The closest thing we can get to his treatments are the EU material that yes, still did go across his desk to get approval.
So please. Don't insult me this fan service JJ fest. Blips. Tiny references. Blowing up Coruscant. Death Star 3 (destroyed in the most passionless way imaginable) With Lucas there exploration, freshness, richness. Now we know why he left the project. Those people didn't understand. It's about Imagination. Wonder. Pushing Boundaries.
Never again will we have wild NEW RISKS like a muppet kungfu master..giant gangster worm who chains up women in bikinis..forest kingdom of man eating bears..pod-racing..arena fight..kamino..courosaunt Any of that. It's just ripoff the originals time. Even Geonosis, also a desert planet, was completely fresh under Lucas' s supervision.
Tarkin > Hux
Emperor > Snoke
Boba Fett > Phasma
Vader > Kylo Ren
Darth Maul, General Grievous, Count Dooku too all of these prequel villains far surpassed those two bit unoriginal variations in TFA.
Sadly with Kathleen Kennedy ... quality control lack extends to everything. SW Battlefront, Novels, Comics, everything. She's not an artist & doesn't have Lucas' mind for approving design. and remember, this is Disney, so NO SPACE BATTLES.
*sigh* it looks like Star Wars is over. I did not enjoy this film one bit. I was bored by the nothing because there was nothing. I followed this film for an entire year. What we're given is an MCU level film. A film that is not re-watchable or even cohesive. I have no desire to own the Blu-ray or watch it again. Why would I? For what? It's a forgettable movie with nothing creative or interesting. Nothing to feed the imagination. It's Hollywood.
You made me appreciate George Lucas that much more.… Expand
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