RickD wrote:JediMasterAaron wrote:RickD wrote:Underwhelming
I agree with Nicki I loved it, what about it made you feel that way?
Well, it was underwhelming because of all the hype with finding out who Rey's parents are, who Snoke is, and maybe see the Knights of Ren in action. And Captain Phasma really was a let down too. I also wanted to see Luke kick some butt, except he turned out to be a alien milking hermit. Really disappointing way to kill of the main protagonist of the original three movies. I waited 34 years for Luke to kick butt, and it didn't happen.
The story was confusing at times, with things happening, and characters introduced that really were unnecessary to the story.
But the worst scene was Leia's Mary Poppins impersonation.
The Force Awakens was my favorite of all the Star Wars movies, and for the first time watching any Star Wars movie, I felt like the Star Wars Magic was gone.
Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate the movie. It just didn't live up to expectations.
That's understandable. I saw it with a group of friends on opening day and we grabbed dinner and discussed it afterwards. We all enjoyed the film, but getting to the specifics, we all liked the idea of Rey's parents being nobody important. Yes Disney was building up to this huge reveal, but I think it was a smarter move to go with junk traders. I had my theories, Kenobi granddaughter, maybe Palpatine, and two other people named Iden Versio and Del Meeko which were wrong. Kylo could have been lying, but he sounded sincere. Rey's reaction also seemed to confirm the truth. We also got a deeper message from Rey's parents. It doesn't matter who your parents are, you are their legacy. Also could you imagine if Rey's parents had been famous Jedi or super important? People would continue to hate Rey for being too similar to Luke.
With Snoke we did want a little more backstory, but we liked the move to kill him now. I was surprised for one, I did not see it coming. It gives the opportunity to really make the way for Kylo Ren to be the big bad of Star Wars. It also removes him from the shadow of his grandfather. Vader never truly got the chance to run the Empire. If Rey killed Snoke in Ep 9, then people would complain about the similar ending to Ep 6. I'm excited to see how Kylo takes control of the First Order.
Captain Phasma was initially a letdown, but after seeing it a second time I think I'm ok with how she was handled. She was physically intimidating and a presence whenever she was onscreen. I liked the fight between Finn and her in this movie, and she may not even be dead. Disney will probably release a book about her and maybe even Snoke, I could see them doing that to fill any backstory gaps we did not get. The Knights of Ren will be in Ep 9, and if I remember correctly it's four of them. Imagine trying to handle Phasma, Snoke, Hux (who I think got neglected in character development), Ren, and the Knights of Ren all in Episode 9. Not to mention the Resistance characters. It would have been too much.
With Luke I did want that epic lightsaber duel with Kylo, I was pleased with the fight we got though. He made Kylo look like a nerfherder as he danced around him. I'm going to guess Hamill's age was a factor in why we did not get a full on battle. I was expecting Luke to die, and then he didn't so I was happy, and then he did. You have to appreciate the shot of the twin suns though before he passed, it was beautiful. I also see this as Disney truly passing the torch to Rey as the true hero of this saga. As long as Luke was alive, we were going to want to see him, well, kick some butt . I'm sure we're going to get force ghost Luke in Episode 9.
As far as the story, the only part I felt dragged on was Finn and Rose's side quest to the casino. They were racing against the clock, but I lost the sense of urgency. I don't think Rose was important to the story at all, she was just kinda there because she caught Finn trying to escape. The message about animal cruelty and rich people felt a bit forced . I agree, Leia should have died or like my friend suggested used the force to push the fleet along before dying. I mean she is going to have to die at some point between now and Episode 9 since they said they will not CGI her in the next one.
Hopefully, Episode 9 will be a thrilling, and epic conclusion!