December 16, 2015 at 9:35 am #24684
.December 16, 2015 at 1:21 pm #24779LebronParticipant
Here’s a link from a guy who claims to have seen it at the theater this AM in the Philippines. He mixes up the characters a bit, namely Rey/Ren and Rey/Finn. You have to scroll down a bit as he is warning the reader it is the plot of the movie so bail out if you don’t want to read.
I’m like Lefty in that I’ll likely never get to the theater for it anyhow.December 17, 2015 at 11:17 pm #25092
I really liked it. Completely enjoyable.
The new people are all great. Like really great.
It was funny.
Saving Luke until the last shot with the hood reveal and the Force Theme was a perfect ending.
It looked amazing.
Saber fight in the snow.
The Ren-Hux relationship had more texture than Vader and Tarkin.
Harrison Ford is doing a Han Solo impression. If Han were a beaten down sitcom husband. It’s good they killed him .
It was funny but almost too quippy.
Even 3PO felt a bit stale.
Not wild about Snoke thus far.
Fan service was over the top. Oh look an AT AT, hey it’s a star destroyer and now they’re playing Dejarik.
All minor gripes of course. The end with Luke is the most powerful moment of all the movies so far for me, on par with the binary sunset from IV.December 17, 2015 at 11:47 pm #25093
YARITT. I thought I’d hate Adam driver, and that there was no way I could take him seriously w helmet off, but I was wrong. Couple of audible gasps when Han bought it despite Abrams tipping his hand fierce w the long shot of the bridgeDecember 18, 2015 at 12:11 am #25095
I’d echo everything above. I knew things were not going to end well for the scruffy looking nerf herder going back to Leia’s speech to bring Ren home. Whoops.
I was pretty skeptical about BB8 before seeing the movies, but they actually did a good job with him. Not too cute. Certainly no Jar Jar.
My 6 year old didn’t like Luke being saved until the end (Luke is his favorite), but I don’t think that part was geared to the 6 year olds in the audience.
Loved Boyega and Ridley. They really did a fine job and Abrams did them a great service by making them someone you root for early on. It was to the point where Han seems almost extraneous to the story so you don’t mind him meeting his end… until of course you realize HAN FUCKING SOLO JUST DIED.
Did Carrie Fisher have a stroke somewhere along the way? I’ve seen her in interviews sounding odd, but man she’s had a long road to get here.
Completely agree about Adam Driver. The most I had seen him in was that less than great Jason Bateman-Tina Fey movie, and I sure as shit wasn’t watching Girls. That scene with him and Rey where she turns the tables on him was really well done by Driver.
For a second, I wondered if we’d even get a shot of Luke, but thank god they did. It really put a fine ending to the movie.
My 9 year old is pissed he has to wait until May of 2017. He wants more Star Wars and he wants it now. I don’t think Rogue One is going to satisfy him either.December 18, 2015 at 8:06 am #25102
We’re paying out on “Rey is his daughter” aren’t we?December 18, 2015 at 8:37 am #25109
We’re paying out on “Rey is his daughter” aren’t we?
Got to.December 18, 2015 at 8:41 am #25111
I loved how much more fluid the storm troopers were. And much more visceral when someone was shot/something blew upDecember 18, 2015 at 9:05 am #25124
Didn’t realize we created this sand box. I echo everything everyone is saying but I actually was a fan of Solo in this one. I had such bad visions of his atrocious Indy performance that i felt like he exceeded my expectations for him. He was legitimately funny at points.
Rey was fantastic and the last scene was just jaw dropping awesome like ITT said.
I actually thought JJ would go for even more cheap shoutouts to the prior trilogy.December 18, 2015 at 9:08 am #25128
We paying out on Finn being Lando’s son or Mace’s son? He did know how to handle a light saber very capably. It would be pretty funny to make the new black guy the offspring of the old black guys.December 18, 2015 at 9:33 am #25150
Didn’t realize we created this sand box. I echo everything everyone is saying but I actually was a fan of Solo in this one. I had such bad visions of his atrocious Indy performance that i felt like he exceeded my expectations for him. He was legitimately funny at points. Rey was fantastic and the last scene was just jaw dropping awesome like ITT said. I actually thought JJ would go for even more cheap shoutouts to the prior trilogy.
I don’t mind the callbacks, but I’m a nostalgia whore. Back me up here ITT.
Maybe I was too harsh on Harrison Ford above. There were many good moments, but I felt like the end was coming for him.
As for Finn… we’re obviously setting up a situation where Rey and Ren are meant to provide balance to the Force, but I don’t know how that manifests itself in Finn. Not sure if it is a familial tie (like Mace Windu) or something else. We know he wasn’t a clone and was taken from his family, but who knows which family that is. It would seem odd the First Order/Empire wouldn’t know the Windu family. I could see a tie to the Calrissians but no Force in that family either that we know of… though a Creed-like relationship is possible.
Perhaps this Force awakening been a catalyst of Force powers in those whose abilities were dormant?December 18, 2015 at 9:36 am #25153AnonymousInactive
Liked it, a bit of a mess as they’re setting up for the next 2 movies, but if it had run 5 hours I would have happily sat through it all.
Big change on this movie from the prequels is that they actually built sets for this one. You know, people could run around things and walk through stuff and it opened up. As opposed to walking 20 feet and then sitting on a chair or something.
Seeing Han and Leia, I wish they had made these movies 10 years ago. A little long in the tooth, but still enjoyed seeing old friends.
Of course, have to see it again in January with a group of other people. Will probably go the IMAX route. Last night was just me and the family, and the audience was subdued. Not sure why.December 18, 2015 at 10:09 am #25165
Of course, have to see it again in January with a group of other people. Will probably go the IMAX route. Last night was just me and the family, and the audience was subdued. Not sure why.
this was a big takeaway for me too. There was a few nerds trying to get an applause going and it went nowhere. I was living in London when the re-release of a New Hope came out and it was like a standing ovation when the opening scene started.
I think star wars fans are rape victims in a way. The prequels removed any assumption of quality in these movies. I think JJ, for all the minor quips i do have about the movie, removed. Episode 8 can take some chances IMO now with a new director, a good story unfolding, etc.
I went home happy and ready to see it again. That to me is mission accomplished.December 18, 2015 at 10:14 am #25169
My crowd the same way. It was half nervous/half reverent. Not at all boisterous (which was fine w me)
LL I think you and my brother would be great friends (re nostalgia whoredom)December 18, 2015 at 10:32 am #25178
I watched in Boston so it was loud applause for many parts. I think the opening fanfare, the Falcon, and R2 got the biggest cheers.December 18, 2015 at 10:46 am #25180
The real question itt is how many times did you tear up?December 18, 2015 at 11:21 am #25189
The real question itt is how many times did you tear up?
Really not at all, it wasn’t what I was expecting from that standpoint. The final scene I had to bite my lip a little, there was a whole childhood/parenthood thing going on there. But holy fuck the goosebumps on that last scene. WOW.December 18, 2015 at 11:21 am #25190
I watched in Boston so it was loud applause for many parts. I think the opening fanfare, the Falcon, and R2 got the biggest cheers.
Same in Saco, but I suspect every big time nerd in Maine(present company included) would be at the only IMAX in the state.
We had guy doing Chewbacca and another with a Jawa “wooteedee”.December 18, 2015 at 11:38 am #25198
Really not at all, it wasn’t what I was expecting from that standpoint. The final scene I had to bite my lip a little, there was a whole childhood/parenthood thing going on there. But holy fuck the goosebumps on that last scene. WOW.
i’ve been scouring the interwebs looking for the youtube of that final scene. it was everything and more.December 18, 2015 at 11:48 am #25202
Disney released the score on youtube
The Jedi StepsDecember 18, 2015 at 12:25 pm #25224
Disney released the score on youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/DisneyMusicVEVO/videos The Jedi Steps
Goosebumps.December 18, 2015 at 2:59 pm #25268BSF34Participant
Saw it this and really liked it. Where would u rank it among the Star Wars movie? For me, it’s definitely better than the prequels and Return of the Jedi but behind IV and V.
EDIT: Me fail telling time
Wait, what?December 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm #25269FeejisParticipant
Saw it earlier today in 3D (not Imax as the times didn’t work for my schedule). My first 3D movie so pretty cool in that respect but echo what ITT and others said about it being well shot. I mean, the technology is so much greater now that it couldn’t be anything but awesome but it certainly delivered in that respect.
One minor quibble was how the scene in the bar basement developed with Rey and Luke’s lightsaber. I’d have to watch those flashbacks again a few times to really grasp what she was witnessing but I’m guessing it was Luke’s perspective on Ren and his others turning on him, and then Luke watching as he dropped her off to be safe elsewhere?
Think Finn may be just a guy, but who knows. Abrams seemed to go out of his way to make the cast, including the background cast as diverse as possible. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that). Certainly presumptive on my part to presume the black guy was related to prior black guys but I don’t think he exhibited any signs of being a jedi. He may just be the guy they cast for that character – this version’s “outsider” like Han.
Theater was pretty empty though. 11:30 showing. Big crowds as I was coming out though.December 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm #25271BSF34Participant
When Han called out to Kylo, did he say “Ben”?
Wait, what?December 18, 2015 at 3:19 pm #25273
Yes. Ben Solo. Nice touch.
As a film I think it’s pretty close to IV but if you really think about what IV did and set up and introduced it’s really fucking amazing. It was great and has a deserving place in the top 3, wherever that might be.
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