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Average User Score: 4.2Feb 27, 2016First movie I walked out of in a very long time. The entire cast and crew should be ashamed of themselves for making this movie. You wouldFirst movie I walked out of in a very long time. The entire cast and crew should be ashamed of themselves for making this movie. You would have to be a very special person to even remotely enjoy Zoolander 2.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Jan 2, 2016This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I thought no matter what, there was no way 'The Force Awakens' could be worse than Lucas's prequels of the late '90s. I have a newfound respect for those movies after seeing this one. The Force Awakens starts off strong, but quickly dissolves into obscurity. By the end I was looking around at my clapping and cheering peers as if they were completely insane.
What bothered me most was that within 15 minutes of everyone meeting each other, they formed an emotional connection and became "BFFs". It was so warm and fuzzy at times, I could actually taste sweet and sour care-bear vomit in my mouth. Rey (Daisy Ridley) is essentially the next Luke Skywalker. In a mere 2 hours she puts Han Solo's piloting abilities to complete shame and makes him look like a 2nd year Jiffy Lube mechanic. Rey can seamlessly use the force; mind tricks, telekinesis, and can handle a lightsaber without incident. Skills that took Anakin, Luke, and every other Jedi in history years to obtain.
Finn's (John Boyega) performance was unmemorable on the whole. He was trained and brainwashed by The First Order his entire life, but don't let that fool you. Never mind the fact that he worked on and help construct a flying fortress that can blow up several planets and kill billions of people simultaneously. That wasn't a deal breaker for dear ol' Finn, oh no. It came when he was ordered to kill a dozen or so villagers in the middle of the desert. So he becomes a traitor and later joins "The Resistance". Forget the fact that he was a Storm Trooper his whole life, there's no way he could be a spy, let's trust him and act like we've known him for years! And with his extensive knowledge from being a Storm Trooper/sanitary worker he becomes uh, you know, an essential... integral... asset to the planning and destruction of the new "Death Star". So cool.
Apparently J.J. Abrams and Disney couldn't come up with anything new. True to modern Hollywood form, we'll just do the SAME thing, we'll just make it BIGGER. Enter new Death Star. It's no small moon, it's the size of Jupiter. Quite the feat of engineering actually. Am I to understand that the First Order was able to construct this monstrosity in complete secrecy? That the rebels' intelligence gathering got worse over the past 30 years? None of that matters, however. Despite all, it's blown up by a ground team of 4 and a squadron of X-wings. Didn't see that coming (sarcasm).
The Empire was defeated, the Republic was restored, the Galactic Senate reformed... just long enough to get blown up in mere moments. Who did they have to protect them? Oh, the same band of rebel misfits from 30 years ago. Seriously? After 30 years, the rebel outfit is still operating underground and are more disorganized? Absolutely no new technology, ships, or tactics. Still, they are victorious over the First Order without any assistance from the Republic ...or the rest of the galaxy they helped save in the first place. Even President Obama couldn't decide which side was more "JV".
My next question is a little more sensitive in nature. Is anyone else sick and tired of the strong, independent female protagonist? I love hot, smart, kickass women just as much as the next guy, but it's getting a little ridiculous at this point. These days, every movie has a 110 lb. woman taking down men twice their size. Let's face it, Ronda Rousey is a great fighter, but to think she could take down any of her male counterparts is as far-fetched as the critic reviews for this movie. Sorry ladies.
Which brings me to Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). I thought he was a good antagonist up until the end. He can extract information from your mind and stop a laser blast in mid-air. Completely ruthless; a bit creepy and disturbing when he takes off his helmet. He seemed well-trained and very powerful. Yet he fails to deflect a shot from Chewbacca who was leagues away. Then he gets his ass kicked by 2 kids that have never used a lightsaber before. I guess he should've went home to mommy and daddy. Obviously, Han and Leia were terrible parents. I didn't see that one coming.
All in all Stars Wars: Episode VII - The Force awakens was just another marketing scheme. This movie felt like just another jazzed up re-imagining of a franchise. If George Lucas could sue Disney for plagiarism, he would. Coupled with the popularity of the franchise and the overzealous advertisement effort, Star Wars a huge success. The sheeple continue to enjoy being spoon-fed and they are eating this one up like its Filet Mignon. Then there are idiots like me that knowingly keep paying for the same movie over and over again. The horror.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Aug 10, 2013Oh boy, where do I begin? Let's start by saying that The Wolverine is comprised of 75% boring filler; the entire movie could have been doneOh boy, where do I begin? Let's start by saying that The Wolverine is comprised of 75% boring filler; the entire movie could have been done in 30 minutes and would have probably turned out better too. Honestly, I couldn't wait for it to be over! It didn't look or feel like an X-Men movie at all. There was only 2.5 mutants in the entire movie. Two and a half because one of them just had completely lame powers. At first I thought it might be neat to have a Japanese setting. I was ultimately wrong, as the movie quickly turned into crouch-rockets and samurai swords. The dialogue was boring, and the Japanese accents eventually made Hugh Jackman look completely out of place. The action parts were good, but it's nothing you haven't already seen. The plot seems like it was chosen out of a hat. The story starts off good, but it gradually gets worse the entire movie. The movie just felt very tired. Overall, I give The Wolverine 3/10. It just didn't deliver and felt like a pointless part of the series. How anyone could give this movie a positive review is beyond me.… Expand