So I finally watched Star Wars The Force Awakens the other day…
Yeah… I’m definetly not the target audience. I can’t say it was bad or anything because it’s obviously a very well made movie with stellar production, but it didn’t work for me, on many many levels:
First of all, I’m not a fan of either SW or ST, but even I kept wondering if this was a sequel or a reboot… are they calling it a “requel”? 'cause that’s what it is, borrowing A LOT of beats from the first one… But I guess everyone agrees with that.
Second, the story: Oh boy… all throughout the movie I kept thinking “wow, isn’t that convenient?” and like the first 3 times you’re okay with it, but the conveniences keep coming and coming and they never end… it’s like they just put stuff there 'cause it needs to happen and who cares if it doesn’t make sense… So in that regard I’d say this is very much a movie for kids, you know? the sort of plot that’s just a vehicle for cool action sequences and funny bits. And the characters suffer the same fate, because they always know what to do in whichever situation they’re put in… it’s very contrived. I was rather disapointed in the script, it was very “dumbed down” in a sense.
Third: Some CGI looked weird… some scenes were breath-taking, and then some other things looked pretty bad. Like they tried waaay to hard to do the whole “retro” look and it ended up looking fake… Lot’s of inconsitencies in that regard too, because scenes like Rey’s introduction looked epic and convincing, then some monsters looked like fake animatronics, and then some characters looked like a Dreamworks movie (the orange little lady).
Fourth: Emo Vader… Loved the costume but the actor was not very intimidating. He should’nt have taken his mask off. He looks like a depressed angsty puppy.
But I liked some things, particularly the very first moments of Rey’s introduction, in the ruins of that big ship. All that sequence looked amazing. And I also liked the sabre fight in the forest… that whole forest scene was very pretty and super bad-ass… however there’s a couple of points where they stop to have some stare downs which were ridiculously long, I could’ve done without that =P
Other than that I really didn’t feel much of anything, either good or bad… Just standard SW stuff for me, which is to say entertaining but ultimately forgettable.
I have to say though, I much much MUCH prefer JJ’s Star-Trek requels, specially the first one… That movie is soooo above SW7 in every sense it’s not even funny. I know SW & ST are very different, but since JJA did both, I think it’s a fair comparaison.
End of my SW7 rant… like ages too late, so none cares, but whatever