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  • #25841
    Kevin
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    Loved it. A lot of the beats felt so familiar, yet somehow it’s new as well.

    Like you all said, the new characters are so great. Daisy Ridley especially. Even though it’s completely unrealistic, I loved how all the characters so enthusiastically bond with each other. Rey and BB8, Rey and Finn, Finn and Poe all have like instant chemistry the second they meet.

    And it’s funny. Has to be the funniest movie of the entire franchise. And some of the humor comes from something as simple as a character dreading giving bad news to Ren. Solo is a quip machine, maybe a bit too much. Best laugh of the movie for me was Finn saying, “We’ll just use the Force. and Solo telling him that’s not how it works.

    Was kind of hoping that Snoke really was that size, just so when it comes to Rey vs. Snoke (I assume), you have no idea how she’ll deal with fighting someone that size.

    The setting of the last scene was amazing. While she’s making the walk up, I really wanted the reveal that she’s Luke’s daughter. But it was perfect as it is.

    The bad news: a Death Star? Again? And you have to fly into a trench to blow it up? Ugh.

    The Finn thing with picking up the light saber and actually having a little success with it was weird. Not sure why Ren wouldn’t just be able to cut him in half with ease.

    I don’t have a big love of R2D2, but putting him on mothballs and just waking up randomly was kind of odd. The “that piece of junk” reveal of the Falcon was strangely my most visceral reaction. Also strangely, I so much expected Solo to die, that I felt almost nothing when it happened.

    Overall, it was pretty awesome, though.

    #25849
    InThisTown
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    See I thought that the R2 thing was so so well done. It’s not often that a retcon works but that was kind of perfect – hey remember this iconic scene? Well he also downloaded these maps. So great. And as far as mothballing him it worked because A) it gave much greater gravity to his character and to Luke’s absence and B) otherwise every old character is basically introduced roll call style and it becomes tedious.

    #25852
    Kevin
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    I usually have a thousand nits to pick after one of these movies, (see TDKR) :lol: and there’s a couple, but mostly there’s a bunch of little things that are great.

    -Kylo Ren leaving Stormtrooper Finn alone for having second thoughts about killing the villagers echoing that he has conflicting thoughts of his own.

    -Ben Solo is almost as cool a name as Han Solo.

    -The idea that a Dark Sider can be tempted the other way too. (Though Leia, if Han did bring your son home, wouldn’t he immediately be tried for war crimes)?

    -The allusion that as cool as Han Solo is, he’s probably a terrible dad.

    #25853
    Kevin
    Participant

    So is Rey Luke’s kid, or Leia’s kid that she never told Han about?

    And thanks ITT, for making me focus on Carrie Fisher’s dentures. :lol:

    #25867
    Dan
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    I usually have a thousand nits to pick after one of these movies, (see TDKR) :lol: and there’s a couple, but mostly there’s a bunch of little things that are great. -Kylo Ren leaving Stormtrooper Finn alone for having second thoughts about killing the villagers echoing that he has conflicting thoughts of his own. -Ben Solo is almost as cool a name as Han Solo. -The idea that a Dark Sider can be tempted the other way too. (Though Leia, if Han did bring your son home, wouldn’t he immediately be tried for war crimes)? -The allusion that as cool as Han Solo is, he’s probably a terrible dad.

    Why wouldn’t force ghosts Yoda and Obi-Wan appear to Luke at some point and let him know it’s a bad idea to train Ben Solo as a Jedi?  Or maybe they did and Luke blew them off like Qui-Gon and (later) Obi-Wan did?

    #25868
    Kevin
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    They’re not going to set up a redemption arc for Kylo Ren, are they?

    Because he killed Han Solo. Innocent villagers and whole planets, sure. But Han Solo?

    You can’t come back from that.

    #25869
    Feejis
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    Think someone else mentioned it but the one thing that they could have taken a little time to explore was how Poe got back to the resistance base. I know they were following Rey and Finn and building that story and I get it, but they couldn’t make the movie 2 minutes longer with a scene of him stumbling away from the crash and hopping onto a ship of some kind? I dunno, very nitpicky I know.

    #25870
    Feejis
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    Potentially dumb question: when the First Order used the Starkiller Base weapon, did they destroy the New Republic home planet? It wasn’t clear to me which planets they were destroying.

    It was said by someone with Leia’s group that they did in fact destroy the Republic’s planet. Not sure which one it was or which others.

    #25872
    Kevin
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    Potentially dumb question: when the First Order used the Starkiller Base weapon, did they destroy the New Republic home planet? It wasn’t clear to me which planets they were destroying.

    It was said by someone with Leia’s group that they did in fact destroy the Republic’s planet. Not sure which one it was or which others.

    I read somewhere that they did blow up the entire Senate, but that the planet wasn’t Coruscant, it was just some planet that looks a lot like it.

    I think the reason it wasn’t Coruscant is because that’s a real “fuck you George Lucas and your city planets!” :lol:

    #25918
    BSF34
    Participant

    Maybe Kylo was having a hard time in the lightsaber battles with Finn and Rey is because he was shot by Chewie? Probably not at 100% strength. :lol:

    Wait, what?

    #25946
    Kevin
    Participant

    Maybe Kylo was having a hard time in the lightsaber battles with Finn and Rey is because he was shot by Chewie? Probably not at 100% strength. :lol:

    He’s a Sith Lord (or whatever they’re calling them these days).

    They’re a janitor and trash picker, respectively.

    #25948
    Kevin
    Participant

    If I really want to to go full nitpicker, if ask when did lightsabers stop chopping off limbs and start just giving treatable burns?

    Blasters too. Chewie waves off a laser shot to the gut like it was a bee sting. :lol:

    #25949
    Feejis
    Participant

    Maybe Kylo was having a hard time in the lightsaber battles with Finn and Rey is because he was shot by Chewie? Probably not at 100% strength. :lol:

    He’s a Sith Lord (or whatever they’re calling them these days). They’re a janitor and trash picker, respectively.

    Well, Finn is a trained stormtrooper. (A terrific oxymoron, I’m aware). Granted that was his first mission, but he’s not completely new to the idea of fighting.

    #25957
    Dan
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    Maybe Kylo was having a hard time in the lightsaber battles with Finn and Rey is because he was shot by Chewie? Probably not at 100% strength. :lol:

    He’s a Sith Lord (or whatever they’re calling them these days). They’re a janitor and trash picker, respectively.

    Well, Finn is a trained stormtrooper. (A terrific oxymoron, I’m aware). Granted that was his first mission, but he’s not completely new to the idea of fighting.

    Some speculation online that Finn may have been trained with that melee weapon the stormtrooper used to defend against the lightsaber.  And Kylo Ren was wounded and not completely trained as a Sith, though he was able to stop a blaster bolt in mid-air, which Vader never did.

    One of the HitFix stories said that the Republic Senate planet was destroyed, supposedly in the Hosnian system.

    #26038
    Larry Legend
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    #26056
    Kevin
    Participant

    Best fanboy scene was Finn’s POV of Poe’s X-Wing circling around blowing shit up. That was the balls.

    #26064
    Fred West Lynn
    Participant

    Basically just agreeing with the prevailing sentiment here. I saw the early show Sunday morning at Regal Kenmore. Was pretty sure I couldn’t go otherwise until after Christmas, and was certain that spoilers would reach me before that happened. (I was right.)

    I thought both Finn and Rey were terrific characters and can’t wait to see where their story arcs go.

    Because of the old tale that Ford wanted to kill off Solo in ROTJ, I had a thought that he might be the one to buy it. I was surprised JJ didn’t milk that scene a little more. Also, it felt absolutely right when Rey sat next to Chewie in the cockpit later on.

    Not a big Adam Driver fan, but I thought he played well with others.

    Wrap Up: Loved it. It hit all the right note and was never visually static. I had heard that the 3-D version is a little disappointing, but the big screen is where to see it. How people can watch movies like this on a phone or a tablet is a mystery to me.

    Last point: The BBQ place next to the Regal is pretty good. Never go there when I go to Red Sox games, but may alter my path. Especially if they close Who’s On First.

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    #26083
    Danny Duberstein
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    Without the mask on, that Kylo Ren guy chews a lot of scenery. Lots of grimaces. Weird looking dude.

    #26087
    Kevin
    Participant

    So in 30 something years, Leia never bothered to see what she could do with the Force?

    She could open the freezer and float im pints of Ben and Jerry’s from the couch!

    #26088
    BSF34
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    #26274
    BSF34
    Participant

    From Yahoo

    https://www.yahoo.com/movies/star-wars-the-force-awakens-ultimate-faq-164511371.html

     

    A long read, but it fills in some of the blanks in TFA.

    Wait, what?

    #26282
    chicowalker
    Participant

    Forgot to ask this- anyone else get a “Ted Danson in SPR” vibe from the fat guy from Heroes being one of the pilots? :lol:

    #26296
    Kevin
    Participant

    Forgot to ask this- anyone else get a “Ted Danson in SPR” vibe from the fat guy from Heroes being one of the pilots? :lol:

    Big time. Same with Miles from “Lost” AKA Junior’s underling from the cuckoo house.

    #26304
    Larry Legend
    Participant

    Forgot to ask this- anyone else get a “Ted Danson in SPR” vibe from the fat guy from Heroes being one of the pilots? :lol:

    That’s Greg Grunberg. A childhood friend of Abrams.

    #26342
    Dan
    Participant

    Forgot to ask this- anyone else get a “Ted Danson in SPR” vibe from the fat guy from Heroes being one of the pilots? :lol:

    That’s Greg Grunberg. A childhood friend of Abrams. [/quote]

    He’s JJ’s good luck charm.  He puts him in all of his projects.  Wasn’t he the Oceanic pilot in the Lost pilot?

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