Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens  (D+).  I was around 10 years old when I saw the original Star Wars in its original theatrical run, and I have been a fan ever since.  But despite all the critical acclaim and crazy box office this new movie has reaped, I just didn’t care for it.

Seems like everyone else is being careful to avoid spoilers, so I’ll be careful too in case there is still someone out there who hasn’t seen it.  Suffice to say, even though it looked like the Rebellion had completely routed the bad guys at the end of Return of the Jedi, thirty years later bad guys are still pretty much running the show in that galaxy far, far away, requiring a new generation of plucky heroes and heroines to rise up and save the day.  I’ll admit liking a few things about the new movie.  The actress (Daisy Ridley) who plays the new heroine, Rey, is pretty likable.  There were a few homages to the original Star Wars that brought a smile to my face.  But on the whole, I didn’t feel the magic.  It just felt like a lot of breathless running hither and yon (and at 135 minutes, there’s a lot of running to be done).  I thought the two main bad guys were pretty badly miscast (Domhnall Gleason, Brooklyn, and Adam Driver, While We’re Young).  Oscar Isaac, who was so good in Ex Machina, is wasted in a tiny role here.  And I know this is science fiction, but director J.J. Abrams conjures up some technology that seems way, way, way beyond anything even hinted at in previous Star Wars movies.  (I thought he committed the same sin in Star Trek Into Darkness.)  Finally, I found myself thinking all too often, This is just goofy.  In short, I thought the movie was a big disappointment.

9 comments on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  1. […] promising enough — the aging Roman emperor Tiberius (played by none other than Max von Sydow, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is curious about the growing cult of Jesus of Nazareth, so he sends a trusted general, Titus, to […]

  2. […] they want him back—bad.  The federal government, personified by Kylo Ren himself (Adam Driver, Star Wars: Episode VII), also has a keen interest in the lad.  What’s up with the boy?  Why does he wear goggles most […]

  3. […] up any enthusiasm for writing a review.  All I can really say is that I liked it better than The Force Awakens, but I still didn’t particularly like it.  Considering the critical and fan love Rogue One […]

  4. […] fellow was Oscar Isaac, who would go on to bigger things, like a little movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens.) The manger scene is very nicely […]

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  6. […] plan, but it was never clear to me what exactly it was, but maybe I just got bored. John Boyega (The Force Awakens) plays Ty, who actually founded the Circle but managed to go “off line” and lurk around […]

  7. […] to end.  But I know the gist of it: in a gritty, dystopian future, a cop (Harrison Ford, (The Force Awakens) has to track down and kill some dangerous rogue androids who are trying to pass as humans.  […]

  8. […] The train is full of colorful characters played by famous actors, including Daisy Ridley (The Force Awakens), Michelle Pfeiffer (Stardust), Penélope Cruz (Volver), and Johnny Depp (The Tourist).  Then a […]

  9. […] the small band of dissenting critics.  On the plus side, it is better than the last installment, The Force Awakens, if only because it is not a slavish remake of an earlier movie.  On the down side, it is […]

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