The Force, Mistaken

On a scale of 1-10, I generously give this movie a 7, and this review contains no spoilers.  🙂

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What’s the difference between The Force Awakens, and a bad dream?
Answer:  The bad dream is believable.

The Force Awakens – GOOD! but not “Great”.

Overall – yes; it’s worth the price of admission, and – yes;
I’m glad I saw it – but it could have been (no; “should have been“) much better.

First – the good news:  familiar look & feel to the original, with similar film stock, similar “used-car look“, and the special effects are a feast for the senses.

I’m spoiled.  I LOVED the original 1977 film Star Wars – A New Hope, which – let’s face it – is a tough act to follow.

So I wasn’t totally “surprised” leaving the theater feeling the Force Awakens falls far short of Lucas’ original masterpiece.  

This latest installment also falls short of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well.

Force Returns is a decent sci-fi film, but nowhere NEAR the culturally significant event that is Star Wars.

George Lucas delivers his verdict (no spoilers).

Is Force Awakens really that bad?  No!  It’s got a lot going for it, and generally (when compared to most other sci-fi films) Force Awakens should hold one’s attention for the full two hours & sixteen minutes.  It sure as heck held my attention!

But clearly there are better ways to measure a film’s quality than its ability to “hold one’s attention”.

Very little violence.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not asking for close-up dismemberment or zombies eating brains.  But when every deafening explosion results in unharmed stormtroopers merely being “knocked away from” the blast center – it gets mighty “pre-school” feeling.  Surprisingly the movie got a PG-13 rating.

Another deadly sin is the script dialog being written to promote sales of video games.  Much of Force Awakens’ action scenes come across as some glitzy X-Box commercial.

It’s tacky, and pulls (no; “viciously yanks“) us back into our mediocre world.

Spoiler Alert:  If you’ve already seen Force Awakens (or if you don’t mind spoilers) here’s a list of 40 Unforgivable Plot Holes in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.

This movie review is thoughtfully written by a fan who obviously loved the film.

Furthermore, as a Star Wars fan – I personally found this review reasonable, funny, and entirely on point.

Happy Reading

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