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LookingForOctober ([personal profile] lookingforoctober) wrote2016-04-15 05:42 pm

Star Wars

Having been spoilered for basically everything, watching The Force Awakens was a distinctly odd experience. All the things I knew about happened, but the focus was just...different than expected. It makes me wonder what it would have been like to watch the movie unspoilered. I guess I'll never know.

(I watched it again to try to make it be a movie and not a collection of events, but ... *shrug* My current theory is that it was just too visual for me.)
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[personal profile] ljlee 2016-04-17 04:09 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, TFA was fun and had some great characters, but what got me about it was how repetitive it felt. Established characters doing the same stuff, check. Desert hellhole scavenger planet, check. Planet-destroying superweapon with odd vulnerabilities, check.

In Han and Leia's case it sort of worked--two people torn apart by loss, going back to what they know best because they have no idea what else to do with themselves--but it was hard to tell whether that was the intent or just another nostalgia track in the Greatest Hits album. My friend thinks it's the loss-and-regression angle, and I kind of agree, but the repetitiveness of the rest of the movie spoiled the effect for me.

J.J. Abrams is great with characters and visuals, but I don't know if I've ever seen a movie of his that felt like a coherent film and not a series of breathtaking music videos sewn together. TL; DR: It's probably not just you.