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I have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Bring on the spoilers...

I watched it pretty uncritically, but sometimes I get pissed off at movies even if I try not to be critical. This movie didn't piss me off and I liked it better than I thought I would. Abrams did a good job of balancing a new storyline and new characters with bringing back old characters and tropes.

I liked that Han and Leia were allowed to look and act old.

I liked that a stormtrooper was humanized.

I thought it was hilarious that they cast Andy Serkis as Snoke and made his face look pretty much exactly like Gollum.

Now I understand why Abrams was going around bragging that Star Wars used to be "only for boys" and now it's not — I mean, the notion is totally ridiculous, but I still appreciate that the story focuses around a black man and a white woman. They could have done a better job setting up a back story for both of them, but at least they made a cursory effort.

My main criticism is that everyone was a little too earnest in this movie, and that was with Han. Maz Kanata could have been rogueish but she really wasn't. I hope they bring in some more rogueish characters in the future movies because they brought a lot of energy to the original movies.

What did you think?

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Dec. 22nd, 2015 06:00 pm (UTC)
Everything old is new again. We saw the first Star Wars in a new light.

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