Well I just got back from seeing The Force Awakens.
And I'm sorry to say, but you'll find my lack of faith disturbing.....
I can't really say I was all that impressed by this one in spite of the people behind it and the praise surrounding it. This movie has a lot of the things in it that kind of serve to undermine the experience for me. And hasn't really established an identity independent from that of the originals or the prequels yet. At least not in my opinion.
I saw a lot of things in this that I'm not liking about a lot of films today. I found the pacing of this movie to be very uneven, with a lot of the more dramatic and emotional moments not given much time to really sink in, with way too much shaky camera work and flash cutting to be found throughout. A lot of the First Order characters are not really very convincing in their roles, which I'm sorry to say also includes the Sith Lords themselves, Kylo Ren and Master Snoke. And as much as I absolutely adore the original movie, this often felt too much like the original movie. At times the homages to the original trilogy prevented the film from feeling original in its own right.
It was really nice to see the old cast back, though some of them should've played a bigger part than they did. BB-8, Fin, and Rey are the best of the new characters in this movie, as is Poe Dameron who is like the next Wedge Antilles of the series. (Speaking of which, can we get him back in this new trilogy too?) It was great to see the X-Wings and the TIE Fighters again, and now I understand how the laser hilt on Kylo's lightsaber can be practical in battle, lol.
Though don't ask me how they found Luke's lightsaber which I swore he lost on Cloud City. "A question for another time" indeed. It sure as hell is not his lightsaber from Return of the Jedi.
That all being said, I'm sorry to say that as a devoted, lifelong Star Wars fan, I was not impressed by this one. Maybe I need to see it again, but I really don't think this trilogy has established its own identity yet, and won't have done so until Episode VIII comes out. As is, I found this to be underwhelming and having a lot of the current trends that distract me from my investment in the big name movies coming out now. The pacing and tone are really erratic in this movie, and a lot of important plot points don't really pan out to their fullest. I didn't feel like I was really immersed into the Star Wars universe here as I was in the older movies. Even the prequels, sadly.
It's an okay movie, but that's the thing, it's just okay, not great. Definitely not as great as some people are insisting. Personally, I expected more. I expected something to make me feel more invested, and I just didn't feel that here. I may give it a second viewing to see how I feel then, but as is, the originals reign supreme.
"The Dark Side casts a dark shroud that will consume us all......"