Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Short, Spoilerish review

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Hey geeks, nerds, dweebs, and assorted poindexters totaling 3.5.

BQB here, freshly returned from seeing Episode 7.

This is a short review. There will be some light spoilers. I’m going to give it awhile  before I get around to a full, in-depth review, what with everyone trying to avoid spoilers and all.

But, I will give some stuff away so if you’re super into no spoilers then be warned of SPOILERS!!!

In short…I loved it. JJ and Co. did a great job. In many ways, it felt like the Star Wars of old circa 1977-1983, but updated with modern graphics and tech. Homage paid to those films in a believable way, not a jokey, silly way.

I missed A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back in theaters, but did see Return of the Jedi in the theater as a tiny tot. As a young man, I loved the prequels mostly because it just seemed awesome to see Jedis on screen again.

As I got older, I realized that the prequels were more or less excellently rendered cartoons with people in them. CGI graphics were at the height of their popularity so Lucas and Co. tossed as much on the screen as possible.

CGI is awesome but when overused, the movie becomes less live action and more cartoon. I think JJ and friends got that and gave us a perfect blend of CGI and reality.

It was true to plot, characters…it did make me feel old.  Those actors who played the heroes I loved and admired as that tiny tot watching Return of the Jedi in the movie theater are getting up there and are on their way to becoming one with the Force.

I suppose that’s just the “circle of life” to quote the Lion King, but I swear I feel like it was just yesterday that I was that little kid watching Luke as the Jedi in black and Leia strangling the shit out of Jabba in her slave outfit.

Come to think of it, maybe that’s why I’m so weird. My parents took me to see a movie in which a scantily clad woman strangled an obese space slug with a chain.

Anyway…I’m not sure I understand the political workings of the Resistance vs. The First Order and how the Republic acts as a government in the middle. If someone wants to explain that, I’m all ears.

Though I appreciate JJ understood viewers weren’t looking for a big explanation of the politics, unlike George Lucas, who turned half of those prequels into CGI alien C-Span what with them debating in the galactic senate and all.

One weird thing had nothing to do with the movie. I went to see it at my local theater. Its a pretty decent theater. Its not a run down dump or anything, fairly new but not like a really awesome theater with mega screens and stadium seating, recliners and gourmet popcorn and crap.

Oddly, there was barely anyone in the theater. I actually went out this afternoon to buy my ticket for an evening showing so I’d be sure to get a ticket and I got there early to get a good seat and it was weird – there were plenty of seats. I never had to do anything special. Could have walked right in.

I wonder about that. I doubt it has anything to do with the movie. I’m wondering a) maybe everyone loved it so much they made the trek to bigger, badasser theaters nearby or b) maybe everyone bought into the “buy your tickets online or you’ll never get into the madhouse opening weekend!” and stayed away. I hope it wasn’t the latter.

Good stuff. Enjoyable. A+

Go see it and when I get a chance to gather my thoughts I’ll write more.

May the force be with you, nerds.

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17 thoughts on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Short, Spoilerish review

  1. Mei-Mei says:

    I kind of had the same experience at my local theater, even on Thursday night. They didn’t even have the ticket counter open, they were just selling tickets at the concession stand. And the theater was pretty full, but there were definitely empty seats. I kinda figured everyone was going to the bigger theatres, or seeing it in 3D or something.

    • I was a little worried maybe all the “OMG you better buy tickets online or you’ll never get in!” made people think “well I didn’t buy my tickets online so…might as well not go.” I dunno. Probably not. I assume it was just the bigger, better theaters won out.

  2. tghuguenin says:

    I think JJ made a point of this movie as being designed with IMAX in mind. Probably most of those empty seats reflected a mass pilgrimage of standard local theatre movie goers to the IMAXes far far away

    • I’m hoping that was it. I didn’t go on opening night just out of the assumption that it would be packed and I went out Sat afternoon to buy a ticket for the evening, then got there early to get a good seat only to like hang around in a near empty theater. Very weird.

  3. tghuguenin says:

    as much as my wallet loved going to the saturday 2D matinee, i wouldn’t mind travelling the four hours to my nearest IMAX and paying bigger bucks to see that movie on a huge screen

  4. tghuguenin says:

    now if only JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon would get together for a movie…

    • They should do a Buffy resurgence. Han, Lea and Luke are all super old and they did well. Meanwhile, Buffy, Willow and Xander are all in their 30s so imagine what they could do. Well, the guy that plays Xander would have to clean himself up a little bit but maybe it’d help him turn his life around.

      • tghuguenin says:

        I was thinking firefly/serenity. Please tell me you’ve seen firefly. If you haven’t seen firefly, go binge watch it on Netflix immediately. The best scifi series ever to be cancelled before its time.

      • You know I hate to put my nerd street cred at risk here but I never watched Firefly when it was on…then in the last year or two I checked it out on Netflix to see what all the fuss was about and couldn’t get through the first episode. I don’t know why. It just didn’t tickle my fancy. Maybe I should give it another try.

  5. metallicwolff says:

    Totally agree with you. Worthy of the original trilogy.

  6. Wait.. I gotta ask.. where do you live that you get to pay $8.75 for a movie at night even??? Did that include 3D? Holy moly that is good..

  7. oh and sorry…fun review.. admire your passion.. I thought it was good..but far far from a great movie.. :/ #itsnoMadMax but I think with the ending..the next one will be fantastic!

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