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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens directed by J. J. Abrams -

I figured it was time to comment on this movie, as a whole and why I dislike it as much as I do. Namely it's inability to be it's own idea, sure it's got new characters and a new setting but when you take a step back and look at it, it's essentially just A New Hope filled to the brim with references to the other Star Wars films. Nostalgia shouldn't be the reason you love a movie, because when all something does is remind you of things that you already liked, where does that leave the people who are unaware and don't understand this films countless call-backs to it's predecessors. I'm not saying you can't do that here and there, but practically the entire movie relied on peoples love of the original Star Wars films.

So let's say we ignore that, and just forget that those problems exist. How about the fact that all this stuff takes place over the span of one day, and the ridiculous idea that they somehow blew up an entire planet by placing a few explosives here and there. I saw this movie twice, and the atmosphere of seeing it opening night certainly swayed me to the side of enjoying the movie. But during my second watching all the problems I had with the first viewing only amplified and new issues came about. Coincidental plot-lines, pointless characters returning for no other reason than to make us feel nostalgic, and don't even get me started on the map storyline itself, which practically disappeared during the last half of the movie, and then received a forced conclusion just so we could have our good ol' buddy Luke Skywalker come back. Nothing ever felt justified or deserved to any of the characters.

And on that note, the new characters were not only obnoxious, but also inexplicably powerful, because with no prior training they took on a Sith lord, and won. And that aforementioned Sith lord was an incompetent ill-tempered pansey who's motives were nothing more than being a glorified fanboy. This movie was a poorly written fanfiction, that had some stunning visuals to accompany it, but a lacking originality that would've made it the good movie it deserved to be.

BB-8 was amazing by the way.