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  1. saw this with my two boys and was totally entertained. It was very funny and smart and knew exactly what it was. The performances were all great and I would have no problem recommending it as a great family film. Never really seen the original as I could never stomach those gooey Robin Williams 90’s pictures. Its ts easy to be cynical about but I think they actually created a really fun reimagining of the franchise.
  2. Some of the Episode 3 Critcal reviews for some perspective: Just a few examples: "...the scariest, most exciting, most visually prodigious of the sextet, with action sequences that explode off the screen, characters who finally awaken your sentiments..." -- Michael Wilmington, CHICAGO TRIBUNE "This is by far the best film in the more recent trilogy, and also the best of the four episodes Mr. Lucas has directed. That's right: it's better than Star Wars." -- A.O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES "I think it’s the best one since The Empire Strikes Back." -- Richard Roeper, EBERT & ROEPER 3.5/4 "It's the darkest of the six-film opus, but it just may be the best of the lot." -- Claudia Puig, USA TODAY "Whatever one thought of the previous two installments, this dynamic picture irons out most of the problems, and emerges as the best in the overall series since The Empire Strikes Back." -- Todd McCarthy, VARIETY "The final episode of George Lucas' cinematic epic Star Wars ends the six-movie series on such a high note that one feels like yelling out, 'Rewind!'" -- Kirk Honeycutt, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER "A rousing and tragic sendoff to a beloved franchise, and the best installment in the Star Wars series since 1980's The Empire Strikes Back." -- James Berardinelli, REELVIEWS "Lucas manages to turn the audience's familiarity to his advantage: like a jigsaw puzzle whose final form has always been known, the fun is in discovering how the last pieces fit." -- David Ansen, NEWSWEEK And Roger of course: " These are all, however, more observations than criticisms. George Lucas has achieved what few artists do; he has created and populated a world of his own. His "Star Wars" movies are among the most influential, both technically and commercially, ever made. And they are fun. If he got bogged down in solemnity and theory in "Episode II: Attack of the Clones," the Force is in a jollier mood this time, and "Revenge of the Sith" is a great entertainment." Yeah, real negative.
  3. I’m not sure anyone is that posh - just very middle class. anyway I think it’s pretty bloody brilliantly written and very funny. Totally nails my experience of the playground.
  4. Yeah really don’t get “the making it up one film at a time” thing for a series this intricate. Because without a plan it’s really easy to paint yourself into a corner. Basically Disney is turning SW into all those EU books I could never be bothered to read past the first three.
  5. "Making it up as they go along" is not a positive.
  6. My son’s wanted to see it, so took them today. I preferred it on second viewing but it remains a wildly inconsistent film. Some of it is truly brilliant - whilst other parts are hugely ill judged.
  7. Kylo is fine - but he is supposed to be weak and conflicted.
  8. “The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture”. Alfred Hitchcock Does anyone else find all this balance of the force stuff completely undramatic and dull? SW at its best is about the battle of good vs evil. Black verses white. A major failing of the prequels was that the films opposition (evil) was in the shadows so it felt much less dramatically satisfying than the Orginal trilogy because the Jedi are emotionless space monks, and we don’t really have anything or anyone to route for. now we have a new trilogy of shit, ineffective villains and hero’s that understand bad as well as good. How very Zen. But zen is not about creating excitement or conflict - which is all I really want from these films.
  9. Yeah, that’s exactly what Disney has planned - to split the fan base. Not. We all know how well that worked for the prequels. Doesn’t sound like a wise way for them to risk their investment to me. Rian Johnson must have naked pictures of Kathleen Kennedy - as I’m amazed they let him get away with as much as he did. I think TLJ has burned a lot of goodwill from the fans and that time will not be kind to it. I imagine that SW trilogy deal Rian announced is going to look very shaky by the time this comes out on Blu-ray.
  10. Ok. The fact was episode 4 meant we were coming into a story we hadn’t seen the beginning of. So we accepted that we didn’t know everything about the set up.. Episode 7 was a direct sequel to episode 6. We had seen the complete story up to that point. It was not like skipping chapters in a book. So to suddenly restart everything and shake up the entire universe - and undermine what came before (without the right set up and pay off) is hugely messy and careless imo. Needing flashbacks is one example of poor, heavy handed storytelling (JJ at least did it as part of a vision) that should not be necessary (script-writing 101) if the story is strong. I’m sure Disney have all sorts of meta spins offs/books/games/comics/cartoons planned to explain the details - but that isn’t the point. Its a really messy unplanned way to restart the SW universe as part of a grander narrative.
  11. The reason SW was a success originally was precisely because of the mysteries the OT creates as part of its story telling. The mystery surrounding why Luke’s father turned bad and how he came to be under the emperor’s control - IS THE REASON - the old films are so compelling. And why the prequels were so antiscpated. Using the original films as an example of not needing to know everything is a flawed and clueless arguement.
  12. My feeling is the same as when I watched AOTC. Initial reactions mirror that film - where everyone was heaping praise on it except a vocal minority. And we all know how well that movie is remembered.
  13. The thing that really makes me irritated with this whole saga - is JJ used TFA awakens to stimulate our natural curiousity in mystery. Those things about Rey and Snoke were flagged and drawn attention to. Not only that, but you have a world that shouldn’t exist after the happy “ding dong the witch is dead” ending of ROTJ. A world where the epic evil of six films had be vanquished. So to come back from that was no mean feat. You need an evil that is as great or greater than the Emperor - and you need a fucking good narrative reason, as to why they were not mentioned or involved in the previous films. Without that these films are nothing more live action Extended Universe graphic novels. Just fan wank, crafted for men children - from the last dying gasps of an entertainment industry that is doomed.
  14. Well they have thrown out the script for episode 9 - so will be another JJ save-a-thon - with zero time, little depth and lots of rollercoaster thrills. And a heavy handed attempt to make it honour carry fisher.
  15. I really cant understand what the character of rose is doing in there. She is so monumentally dull to listen to and look at. Do you remember Disney biging her up last year - that Star Wars fans were going to love her. I mean really? I suppose at least Disney are honest that they are making it up as they go along - but that goes against the logic of every big budget TV serial and film series - which plan their multi film/series narratives meticulously. SW started the idea of a grand narrative and its seems like it might be the saga to sink that kind of storytelling into the ground - if they are just seeing where each film takes them. Episode 9 will be the same way. SW once seemed boundless in its appeal to me. But I think i might be tiring of this world after 41 years and the cracks in it are begining to show to how much you can do with it. Who’d have thought, (not six year old me) it was only just a movie after all.
  16. Wow. What a mess of a film. i think time will be very unkind to this particular SW movie.. it all just felt so unnecessary and ill thought out. And the last thing I expected to feel at the end of viewing it - was ZERO anticipation for Episode 9. For the record i really enjoyed TFA. Yes it was too dependant on past films - but it absolutely nailed the chemistry between the new leads - who sparkled with wit and personality on the screen. Rian’s versions of them were completely underdeveloped and flat. There were some good things in this film, but it was all over the place in its structure, tone and characters. And that is not a good thing.
  17. The reason everyone is so obsessed with the 80’s in the book is that the future is so bleak and uninteresting - and it’s where the Oasis’s creator has stored all the clues.
  18. What’s it like on the actual vive?
  19. I take Kerriag’s point - it’s doesn’t look good enough from that trailer to be a Spielberg film. I always thought it needed a director like Denis Villeneuve to ground some of the more popcorn elements of the book, and Steve just seems like the wrong choice. The book was a lot of fun though. Basically Willy Wonker And the Chocolate Factory (with post appocolyptic life and death stakes) set in VR universe. Not brilliantly written granted, but it did have some really great ideas and set pieces. In many ways it was like a manual for what VR could be like. The subject matter doesn’t lend itself well to a trailer as its about a Giant CGI video game world - so out of context its going to look like a CGI shitfest. Basically I still have hope!
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