I’ve seen it!
SO now I thought I’d share my thoughts, and I promise not to spoil it for those of you who haven’t yet.
Is it a great film?
It’s a good film, riveting enough that I didn’t notice time passing (always a good indicator), though for me it fell short of being great.
Because the bottom line is, The Force Awakens is an extremely good remake of A New Hope.
I can’t blame Lucas for it – he’s taken all that was great about the original film and done it again. Same starting point with just a few minor adjustments: the galaxy is now nominally ruled by the Republic, but the military force of the First Order – which looks no different at all from the old Empire (white clad stormtroopers, officers in black, a masked user of the dark side, etc. etc.) – thinks its about time to take over, and the good old revolutionaries are still out there, fighting against impossible odds – sound familiar?
Although we have new central characters, most of the old guard are still there. The plot is really no different, nor are many of the key scenes (including the cantina – yay!), which are so faithfully recreated, they impart a sense of deja vu.
The First Order are hunting a droid carrying a vital message, there’s a central character discovering a previously unknown ability to harness the force, and the death of a major player. Again, familiar anyone?
Does this spoil it? Well, not really, if you’re looking for pure entertainment, although I would have appreciated a few more surprises.
The best part?
The humour! There are some laugh aloud moments, alongside many small smiles.
The villain has major anger management issues, which leads to some laughs, and some of the banter is just terrific fun.
The general dialogue is considerably better than the somewhat strained stuff in Episodes 1 – 3. And better yet – despite rumours, Jar Jar Binks isn’t in it! (sorry if that’s a spoiler – hopefully a welcome one). Oh, and C3PO is limited to a small number of scenes, so his annoying gaffes aren’t too over-powering this time around.
Carrie Fisher seems to have lost the use of her jaws – she speaks through her teeth without moving her mouth – just plain weird.
And the new villain, who has a rather shocking identity, has the most bouffant hair I’ve seen outside of a movie set in the 70s – what’s that all about? He looks like a young Professor Snape with big hair. How do they get it all under his helmet???
Would I see it again?
Undoubtedly, though I won’t be dashing back to see it like, oh, the fifteen times I saw the original. I’ll probably wait for the DVD.
Any of you seen it yet? What did you think?