I just came back from the movies, from a grand premiere (for me) of the new Star Wars, and I'd better write down my impressions on this one while they're still fresh. That way you'll get a much bigger block of text to read than you would otherwise. Well, no, I'll try to keep it short anyway. For really.
My impressions? It was GREAT. At times I felt like the oldskool Star Wars music was a bit unfitting, a bit too much (I guess that's my impression as a non-hardcore Star Wars fanatic - is fan short for fanatic?), and at times I thought the music overall was too much - it's rarely ever silent, and at times I felt the movie was just going too fast, action sequence after action sequence - the Republic gone in a blast, and they don't stop to mourn for a second, it never slows down, but the things that keep on happening are all so masterfully done. Finn the black guy (played by John Boyega) outdid himself too. And the girl, Rey (played by Daisy Ridley). I'm really liking these two new main characters. They're unorthodox (I was expecting that), but also so damn expressive! They've got spirit! And the tie fighter pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) looks like an old movies somehow. Like Luke? Like someone I feel I know. There's just something about his face that brings me back to a time before the millennium (falcon).
The script may be jumping back to old stories and repeating things that happened in the past, but it does all of this in a good way. It's a grand dose of happenings, and at the end of it all I'm right back in the Star Wars state of mind and wanting more, and I guess that's how a successful reboot's supposed to make you feel, right? I feel for the characters. I really felt for Han Solo when he was killed, even though this spoiler had been spoilered to me advance. I like the new droid too, and some of the sceneries were truly fantastic: like the desert - remnants of distant times rising from the dunes, and the temple. And the special effects were great. I wonder what's real and what's not. Are the light-sabers real (as in: do they light up and glow like the cheap plastic ones you buy in shops?), or are they just holding a handle, and the rest is added later on? I wish I knew more. A behind-the-scenes scene from this movie would be nice.
It was definitely a movie worth watching on the big screen, and I caught a few trailers for other movies I'd like to see while I was there. But no names! I got dates, but where on Earth were the titles?! All I know is: Batman & Superman: Dawn of Justice. Great watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle
I don't usually watch a movie again within a year since last time, but I felt a sudden urge today - a force if you will, so I did, and guess what: it's still great!
I did know how things would turn out in advance - the unfortunate case of having seen something just recently, but this time around the pace felt reasonable, and I noticed details I didn't notice last time (like how Maz isn't necessarily dead), but at the same time I feel I'm a bit impatient to get to the next action sequence, or emotional moment - Rey and Finn both have an inspiring presence. I wish I could slow down and appreciate the details more, like I did last time, but I guess I'll need to wait a couple years or so before I can get that feeling again.
I did stay for the whole movie though, and stayed focused all the way. It's one thing after the other, and though I realize it's a bit too much in a little too little time, this time I didn't mind that rush. Maybe the directors watched one too many previews whilst cutting together the film, too, and it's that impatience that shines through. But either way, it's a grand new debut for the franchise, and one more tour through it all: I'm still excited, about what's waiting after this! Hope it doesn't disappoint.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle