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Can this thread please be where people who have seen it talk about it, I'm dying here not being able lose-my-mind-at-the-awesomeness to colleagues...

To start us off, I loved it. Very cheesy. Very nostalgic. But cinematography was so on point, absolutely incredible looking and I'm now in love with Rey forevermore. I.D.S.T


  • Yannic NachnameYannic Nachname, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    I have to admit I had high expectations… maybe that's why I did not like the movie as much as you all apparently did.

    It felt like they recycled story-elements from the previous movies.

    • Death Star like thing, only bigger
    • Only one way to blow the thing up
    • Son of protagonist who joins the dark side
    • Rey and Finn both never fought with a light saber, but of course they are pros with it

    Overall I expected a more compelling story.

    12 points
    • Louis B, over 7 years ago

      I kinda let the last one slide, I was expecting some things to be a bit silly like that...

      0 points
    • Ben WarmuthBen Warmuth, over 7 years ago

      Rey did show herself to be adept with melee weapons toward the beginning of the film and in both Rey and Finn's defense, Kylo Ren was injured during that fight from being shot by Chewie just before. If that helps make that fight easier to accept?

      10 points
      • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, over 7 years ago

        Exactly. Kylo Ren didn't seem all that well-trained at this point. He was reckless and forgetful. I think the fight was well matched, all things considered.

        3 points
    • Katelyn Caillouet, over 7 years ago

      THANK YOU THESE WERE ALL MY ISSUES TOO. And everyone is so in love with it. The light saber scene at the end was just too much. There was so much potential with the story, but it was incredibly lazy.

      3 points
      • Cory DymondCory Dymond, over 7 years ago

        What you consider lazy, I consider meticulous. They clearly chose to reference the original trilogy and they did so with some interesting twists on concepts and set pieces from those films. The fact is, this film had to pass the torch to the new characters in some way and you are going to have a really hard time doing that with a franchise this revered without referencing the original in some way. I think it gave the new characters a sense of belonging in this universe. They fit the mold that we have come to expect.

        The lightsaber skills of Finn are certainly questionable, but I also think that Kylo Ren is clearly not as well trained as some people may think. He is obviously very strong with the Force, but I doubt that he has had serious experience in actual combat. He is reckless and makes mistakes constantly. He is certainly not as experienced as Vader in the OT, but I think that's what the people who find issues with the film are attempting to compare him to, which is pretty short-sighted in my opinion.

        2 points
        • Katelyn Caillouet, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

          Actually, when I said "lazy," I wasn't referring to the recycling of the plot w.r.t the original trilogy. I was mostly referring to the fact that we've got all these characters that aren't really presented in a great context. In addition, "finding Luke Skywalker" just wasn't a compelling overall plot.

          Questions that are probably going to be explored in future films, but really bothered me to be completely left hanging: Who is Rey's family? Why does Finn decide to desert now? How is Kylo Ren in such a position of power, when he can't even fight off a couple of newbie lightsaber users? Kylo Ren can manage to use the force to search peoples' minds, but anytime he doesn't get his way he throws a temper tantrum? It doesn't seem like someone that reckless would be able to rise to such a position of power and at such a young age. If he were a CEO, it'd be at a shitty startup he funded himself. The First Order seems a little more sophisticated than that, since they're able to exterminate several planets at a time and all.

          The pacing felt very bouncy without enough meaning behind it. It was also incredibly predictable (oh, Han follows his now evil son out onto an incredibly narrow bridge, looks like they're killing him off...oh, Rey is now on a mission, guess she's going to locate Luke...) It was lazily written, and they simply relied on Star Wars fandom to carry it out. And not in the good way, which I expected. Of course I love the nostalgic references and jokes, but there wasn't enough substance beyond that to make it a great film.

          2 points
          • Nick NobleNick Noble, 7 years ago (edited 7 years ago )

            You make some good points, but I think you didn't pay close enough attention.

            To answer your questions:

            Luke is Rey's father ("I know those eyes... You were destined to wield this...") . That was Finn's first field mission. Kylo Ren was wounded, and he lacked faith; Rey didn't, and let the force flow through her (up until that point, she she was losing badly). Kylo is pretty insane, and personally I don't think he can read peoples minds – more of a mix of force aided intuition and whatever the force shows him (like Anakin's dreams). Just like Vader, he's not in charge: he's an enforcer, and he never finished his training... but he is powerful and scary enough to be effective at his job. The First Order seems to have inherited a lot of tech and processes from the empire, which might be more attributable to Phasma than Ren.

            If it felt bouncy, it's because you missed Endor's Moon for the Ewoks.

            0 points
            • Katelyn Caillouet, 7 years ago

              My husband and I got a good laugh out of your comment, thanks.

              1 point
            • Julie RobertsJulie Roberts, 7 years ago

              I disagree that Luke is Rey's father - but I agree she is a Skywalker (the Skywalker theme played during her scenes). I think they threw out most of the Expanded Universe, but kept a few things: Han and Leia had two kids (but possibly not twins). She is Kylo's sister and was at the new Jedi school whenever shit went down and he went crazy. Luke dropped her off on Jakku and let everyone (including Han, Leia, and Kylo) think she died to keep her safe (reminiscent of Obi-Wan splitting up the twins and dropping Luke off on Tatooine).

              2 points
          • Cody IddingsCody Iddings, 7 years ago

            Kylo Ren wasn't in any position of power really. He's a "rogue" agent on his own mission from Emperor Snoke. That's why General Hux and him are at odds with one another because Hux is in charge of the First Order, not Ren. Also, there are theories about Finn learning and growing in the Force which would support some ideas of him using the lightsaber at all.

            Rey is trained, as shown in the beginning, and her force sensitivity was growing fast. It's much better than Anakin's "accident" in the skies above Naboo.

            0 points
    • Jonathan CutrellJonathan Cutrell, over 7 years ago

      This is all the thumbprint of JJ Abrams. He did the same "recycling" thing with Star Trek Into Darkness.

      We have the parallel storyline because the Star Wars universe has never really accepted time travel/time bending, which is a huge part of Abrams's signature. So instead, he uses this deja vu stand-in, in which some of the elements are altered, but history repeats itself with new characters filling the same archetypes.

      To me, this was not only a smart decision, but it paid homage. I think it also sets up Episode 8 and/or 9 to have "The First Order Strikes Back"-echo, and perhaps even the "return of the sith" for the final episode, where a famous sith lord returns from some unknown place...

      I don't think there is any precedent for returning from the dead.

      With regards to the weapons, both of the new Jedi (assuming Finn will be revealed as a Jedi) are trained in hand-to-hand combat already because of their day-to-day situations. One is a Star Trooper, the other fends for herself in a clearly hostile environment on Jakku. So it's not all that hard to believe they would be able to fight. I agree they gloss over the whole "Luke had no clue how to use a lightsaber, so how dare they?" - but to be fair, Finn was beat in that fight had it not been for the new force golden child coming along.

      No son of a protagonist joins the dark side in previous films, by the way. Anakin joined the dark side without a father figure, and his son joins the light side. Perhaps a "young otherwise clean Jedi joins the dark side", but this is otherwise an echo with a different outcome from Abrams. Luke the son joined light, Kylo joins the dark.

      "Death Star like thing only bigger" - I feel like this is pretty natural, considering the ultimate devastation and terror is to have the power to destroy entire planetary civilizations. It is also normal to have "one way to blow the thing up" - the concept of kryptonite, a difficult, nearly impossible defeat, which makes the victory much more potent when it does occur.

      Overall, I think Abrams did a fantastic job bringing his directing style through echoing.

      I was actually quite surprised that they took out Han. That seemed to me to be a daring move, but it also definitely makes sense, so overall... I'm most of the way on board with this.

      3 points
      • barry saundersbarry saunders, over 7 years ago

        Star Wars films always echo each other, if JJ had totally reinvented the structure fans would have hated it.

        I thought it was a good homage to the original films with nice echoes of the Extended Universe (Rylo Ken seems inspired by Jacen Solo - Han and Leia's son who went to the dark side https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacen_Solo )

        1 point
    • barry saundersbarry saunders, over 7 years ago

      In fairness, Anakin and Luke both displayed incredible prowess pre-training (Anakin's podracing, Luke's 'bullseyeing womprats'), but without having experienced combat they hadn't developed skills in that area. Whereas Rey is clearly used to dealing with physical combat armed with only a staff... She’s also having force visions before undergoing any training, so it’s likely she’s more attuned to the force than Luke was at the same age.

      Luke was never that powerful in the movies. It’s pretty clear that Vader and the Emperor have more raw power. Luke’s a great pilot, an excellent shot, and a nimble fighter, but he’s not powerful. I’m not sure which direction his arc is heading since they canned the Extended Universe, but it seems like he’s becoming more of a mystic than a warrior.

      From memory the level of the force itself also fluctuates. The prequels take place in a time where the force is flourishing, hence the numerous Jedi, some of whom have incredible powers - whereas by the time of A New Hope, it's waned, Yoda can't leap around like an acrobat anymore, Kenobi’s relying on simple mind tricks. In this film is seems like it is growing again - Rey taps into it easily, Leia (who is force sensitive due to her lineage but apparently has never undergone training) can sense Han’s death, and Rylo seems very powerful for someone with little focused control of his emotions. Vader and the Emperor used hate to drive power but not uncontrolled rage.

      It’s likely no coincidence that it’s titled “The Force Awakens”. It’s not referring to the Jedi, it’s referring to the Force itself.

      0 points
    • Joseph Decker, 7 years ago

      • Death Star like thing consumes the freaking Sun — Becomes the sun! A bit more epic than the previous "Moon" version.

      • It would be a crappy evil machine if it had multiple ways to be destroyed, right?

      • Ben's story will be explained a little better, that would help :P For now, it has to do with Vader and the fact that fucking Leia let's her son go out alone on a Jedi training — knowing that he is viable for the Dark side... that stupid.. a man.

      • I have this idea that Finn might also be a Jedi, else it makes no sense. Rey was just stabbing around and blocking the pussy slaps of Ben — when she focused, she (i think) obtained some sword fighting skills through the FORCEEEE and slapped Ben out of the park, though he landed without breaking his neck.

      0 points
  • Ben Haddock, over 7 years ago

    Absolutely loved it. Felt giddy with excitement; still do.

    5 points
  • Kuba PrzetakiewiczKuba Przetakiewicz, over 7 years ago


    I cannot express how much I love it. It blows Ep I-III out of the water and even Ep VI. Gotta see it a couple times more, absolute masterpiece and on par with IV-V.

    So perfect, argh. Please let's get into details!

    Oh and I'm pretty sure they're setting us up for prequels reboot (I loved those though I was 8-year-old when Ep I came out) - they basically shat on the midichlorians explanation and went back to the "mystic Force that flows through everyone". Perfect.

    Abrams, you're a fucking genius.

    5 points
    • Andy StoneAndy Stone, over 7 years ago

      I loved Kylo Ren's character and the use of the mask. He didn't need it at the start of the film, but he just worshipped Vader and wanted to be like him. It was awesome to see a bad guy who was still in training.

      I, for one, loved the final lightsaber duel. No stupid jumps, no set pieces. Just a raw, aggressive, untrained fight on the ground.

      The nostalgia was also wonderful. I'm putting this at 3rd best in the series (after 5 & 4).

      1 point
  • Louis B, over 7 years ago

    Anyone else think Snoke was Voldemort at first glance?

    4 points
  • Harper Lieblich, over 7 years ago

    I thought the first act was super solid. Each character was introduced in a unique way, especially Finn, who's face you don't even see in the first few scenes.

    The second act totally blew my socks off. The whole running from the First Order, stealing the Millennium Falcon, and flying through the downed Star Destroyer was just the most awesome roller coaster ride. And the dynamic between Rey, Finn, and BB-8 really clicked for me.

    The third act was where it started to come off the rails for me. The cantina scene, the whole "you where destined to wield this lightsaber" conversation, and then the deus ex machina of X-wings coming to save the day just felt really scattered.

    By the time we got to the fourth act, I was starting to loose hope. The conversations between Lea and Han where awkward and painful to watch. And then we learn that the scrappy rebellion– I mean resistance has to attack a planet-sized, planet-killing base but not before a ground team of intrepid adventurers shuts down the shields where one of them has an emotional encounter with a family member who's gone to the dark side... I mean, come. On. We saw this movie already.

    I was pretty down on the movie by this point. And then the fifth act started and my faith was restored. Kylo Ren confronts Rey and Finn in the snowy forest. He's pissed because he just been shot in the gut so now he's gonna toy with the two of them. While Kylo obviously has lot's of training with the force, he also lacks faith. When Rey is able to place her full faith in the force she’s able to fight him back.

    And then that last scene where she confronts Luke… AWESOME!

    So basically I can’t wait to see the next one.

    3 points
    • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, over 7 years ago

      This sums up my feelings as well. Overall loved it. The thing I like about StarWars is that everything doesnt have to be realistic, its more about the fun/culture of the world.

      Some moments, like you mentioned, strained my suspension of belief though. Han and Leah had 0 chemistry, it was hard to see them liking each other at all. But apart, their characters were solid.

      I would say the biggest issue I had was Death Star 2.0

      0 points
  • Tom WoodTom Wood, over 7 years ago

    The casting is perfect. Boyega is incredible, and the entire opening act when he interacts with Rey and Poe is hilarious. Some of the dialogue really captures the essence of Star Wars, that feeling that people are lucking their way through a lot of things.

    Sure, the plot has a lot of New Hope nods; overall it's remarkably similar, but Abrams and the writers have delivered a film that is exciting and wonderful for all the right reasons.

    I cannot wait to watch it again.

    3 points
  • Trev MorrisTrev Morris, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    How long do we have to wait to start talking?

    There's a guy at work who's seen it and we've been attempting to talk in code "I just couldn't believe that scene... how good was that lightsaber duel?!.. something something something dark side" etc etc. It's been working so far, but we want to get into the nitty gritty!

    3 points
    • Louis B, over 7 years ago

      I'm bursting at the seams here!

      Anyone else tear up when Hans and Chewie stood on the falcon again? No? Just me?

      3 points
      • Justin VebraJustin Vebra, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

        I did, I did!

        Nostalgia is too real in this one. And it's not only because of Hans, Chewie & Co. - cinematography with those fade outs between scenes, all those props, sounds .. For me everything played a part in making this movie so special. I felt like a kid again.

        Oh, and Rey, how good was she! I love her, I truly do.

        4 points
        • Kuba PrzetakiewiczKuba Przetakiewicz, over 7 years ago

          This is the way you do Star Wars, yeah!

          Rey and Finn, I love them, 2h of screen time and they are already full-fledged, believable Star Wars characters. Bonkers.

          Maz Kanata takes the cake though <3

          0 points
        • Brian A.Brian A., over 7 years ago

          All of this! There were so many little details—like using animatronics/puppets for the cantina characters—that really took me back.

          0 points
        • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, over 7 years ago

          Rey was SO great! :)

          1 point
  • Geoff YuenGeoff Yuen, over 7 years ago

    I like JJ Abrams - not love, like. He's like Spielberg but he doesn't seem to know how to reward an audience with a great ending. So I went into The Force Awakens thinking it would be at least a 7/10 and I was right. It's good but not great.

    I really had doubts about the new cast but I really like them. This movie gets the comaradiere from Star Wars right - even though it's rushed, they're endearing. Boyega is really great!

    BB8? I've never wanted to hug a robot so much!

    1 point
  • Rhodes Edewor-ThorleyRhodes Edewor-Thorley, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Loved it !!!

    One thing I can't let go.... Is Finn blessed with the Force as well or not? Loved the dynamic between the characters, wish I didn't see it in 3D.

    1 point
  • Liam Tucker, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    I'm still overly mixed. Love some of it, not so much other parts. Overall though this is Star Wars so I will love it regardless!

    I've been twice now, I would definitely say go and see it again because the first time is just a big nostalgia trip that u just miss the subtler parts of the story.

    • Love Finn & BB-8 (somewhat surprisingly as I though BB-8 would be too disney)
    • The BB-8 thumbs up scene!!!
    • The whole Rey part on Jakku... Beautiful cinematography!
    • Lukes haircut!!
    • Kylo!
    • That flashback scene was great (listen and u can hear Obi Wan? Yoda?)

    • Not sure on Snoke although like that he's a mystery

    • It all felt a bit fast and rushed to me, too many scenes of action, could of done with a bit more thoughtful dialogue IMO.

    • A little too much nostalgia for my taste

    • Reys journey to learning the ways of the force felt a bit rushed/easy too me

    • Wanted them to make more of the 'it's true, all of it' part - the jedi and luke being mythical figures

    I'm in danger of making this comment too long to read :/

    1 point
    • Tom WoodTom Wood, over 7 years ago

      I like this review - I think you've written some salient points, totally agree with you on the Thumbs Up scene. I thought that was amazing!

      They did overload on the nostalgia, however Abrams did the same for the 1st Star Trek reboot which leaves me hopeful that the next one will be bolder in it's story line.

      My only real gripe was Rey learning how to use the Force in about 30 minutes. Luke had to undergo intense training with Yoda to learn how to do most of that stuff. Having said that, perhaps Rey is stronger or that because she was under serious threat from Kylo Ren meant she picked it up quicker. Although how she learnt to do the whole "You will untie me and leave the door open" mind trick without being shown in advance is a little beyond me.

      2 points
      • Liam Tucker, over 7 years ago

        Yeh I'm with you, the jedi mind trick always felt like it had a level of mastery about it. The only thing you could say is that she had already experienced 'mind infiltration' in that scene with Kylo so already knew it was possible. But I totally agree it definitely felt like she mastered the force in 30 mins

        0 points
      • Jonathan CutrellJonathan Cutrell, over 7 years ago

        They talk about the stories of the Jedi as mythical folklore - it's likely that Rey heard about the mind trick then.

        Secondly, I think Rey may have the force strongest with her, and that the "balance" is what quickened her learning.

        0 points
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    0 points
  • T. F., over 7 years ago

    Even Lucas considered the name "Starkiller" too ridicules for his original film.

    0 points
    • Zak ErvingZak Erving, 7 years ago

      He also thought Jar-Jar was the best character of all three prequels :P

      0 points
      • Trev MorrisTrev Morris, 7 years ago


        0 points
      • T. F., 7 years ago (edited 7 years ago )

        Not really, dude. Jarjar was the 2000s Lucas. The guy I was talking about was the original, late 70s Lucas.

        0 points
  • Bruno MarinhoBruno Marinho, over 7 years ago

    It's a good movie for sure but...

    Felt like a Disney movie. I guess that is bad for a Star Wars movie. Also too much joking. Previous ones were not like that.

    0 points