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Star Wars: Episode Vii - The Force Awakens

Discussion in 'Movies' started by DragonSVD, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. DragonSVD

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    Rating: 4.67 - 3 Votes Rating: 4.67/5 - 3 Votes
    Title: Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

    Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Director: J.J. Abrams

    Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Kenny Baker, Gwendoline Christie, Warwick Davis, Greg Grunberg, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Miltos Yerolemou, Pip Andersen, Dixie Arnold, Christina Chong, Jessica Henwick, Billie Lourd, Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Crystal Clarke, Cecep Arif Rahman, Leanne Best

    Release Date:

    Runtime: 136

    Plot: A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas, set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.

  2. DragonSVD

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    Anyone else pre-order tickets? I will see the first showing (00.05am). Bought my tickets the first minute of being on sale. I saw the first showing of 5 of the 6 movies. The 6th was the 2nd showing at 3am. It's a tradition my father started in 1977 when he kept me out of school to go see the first matinée of Star Wars. It's been my favorite movie ever since. Hard to believe I was only 7 at the time but I still remember that day clearly.
  3. SexyHyde

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    Nah i've got plans on the 18th and 19th. I'm planning on taking the eldest to see it but he needs to watch the originals, he just doesn't seem to be interested, unlike his friends who go on about it all the time. I'll probably catch a showing between xmas and new years.
  4. DragonSVD

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    two days....you all do know I will be the FIRST to review this since I am 1 hour ahead! muuuuhhhhaaaaaaaa!
  5. DragonSVD

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    It's ok, im taking my girlfriend....I am writing her a long email to summarize 6 movies before we go....the questions though from her are annoying....why did Han Solo change his Geedo scene from the first movie to the remastered ones? ....clearly someone has been reading the internet and formulating irritating questions that DO NOT MATTER!!!

    I HAD a Geedo figurine and a Han Solo one too....i personally shot that green idiot 10029016598156969235 times using my han solo figurine! Chewie beat his ass almost as many times....then i turned 12, and my mother threw away my treasures and I lost thousands and thousands of dollars in antiques!
  6. DragonSVD

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    Darth Trump for President!!!

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  7. The quiet moments are hilarious!
  8. DragonSVD

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    My girlfriend just asked me if she is supposed to wear a costume for the premier! Her friends are giving her advice on how to be a girlfriend of a star wars geek :) 90 minutes to go!!!
  9. DragonSVD

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    Great movie! Really DID NOT disappoint. I am giving it a 5 star rating!
  10. DragonSVD

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    Here is a great review: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/star-wars-the-force-awakens-review_5670f304e4b0dfd4bcbfecd1

    'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Is Where You Can Visit Old Friends And Feel Like You Never Left
    J.J. Abrams' film recalls the franchise's past while nodding to its future.
    12/16/2015 08:20 am ET

    Many "Star Wars" fans vividly remember their early experiences with that galaxy far, far away, which makes it near impossible to recapture the magic that was born such a long time ago. Just ask anyone who camped out to see "The Phantom Menace" in 1999 and would now rather forget about podraces and the Trade Federation altogether.

    But with "Star Trek" maestro and "Lost" co-creator J.J. Abrams at the helm, faith was ostensibly restored. It's been three years since Disney acquired Lucasfilm and announced that a fresh "Star Wars" trilogy was on its way. As I sat down Tuesday night for a New York press screening of the franchise's first installment in a decade, I could summon no word but "surreal" to describe the sensation. Knowing that Han, Leia and (in some mysterious capacity) Luke would appear on the big screen for the first time since 1983 felt like returning home to the company of friends, albeit ones with a few extra wrinkles. And yet, knowing the prequels' fate, one can only ask for a new hope.

    When the credits rolled after this brand-new "Star Wars," I wanted to cheer, just as the audience frequently did throughout its 135 minutes. Here, once again, were our movie pals, whom we thought we'd now see only in the old, familiar places (meaning sporadic television airings on Sunday afternoons). As the film ended, the child in me -- the one who once dressed as Darth Vader for Halloween and, yes, even had Jar Jar Binks pajamas -- knew instantly that he would never forget his first experience with "The Force Awakens."


    By my count, the audience cheered 16 times -- beginning with the Lucasfilm title card and ending with, well, I can't tell you what. I'm not here to spoil the movie, or even to talk much about its plot. No matter your stance on Internet pop-culture spoilers, some details are best left unsaid. But I will tell you that the moments to elicit the loudest delight involved the arrivals of characters who were first introduced nearly four decades ago. One of them is the Millennium Falcon, which Luke Sykwalker once called a "piece of junk" and Rey -- the franchise's agile new heroine, played by Daisy Ridley -- similarly refers to as "garbage." Another is Leia, once a princess but now a general sporting a fresh hairdo and flanked by a red-armed C-3PO and a sedate R2-D2.

    But our gift for waiting patiently -- and licking up every spare plot morsel Disney handed out along the way -- comes in the form of Han Solo and Chewbacca. They are stars of "The Force Awakens." Rey and her reformed-Stormtrooper ally Finn,played by John Boyega, are the franchise's new generation of heroes, but for now, they'd be nowhere without the Falcon's accomplished co-pilots. As fun as it's been to see a once sour Harrison Ford re-embrace "Star Wars" during the movie's press tour, it's even more gratifying to revel in how nostalgically Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan wrote Han. "I've got a bad feeling about this," Han tells Rey and Finn, recalling a frequent "Star Wars" line that he himself says inside the trash compactor in "A New Hope" and while dangling over the Ewoks' fire pit in "Return of the Jedi." Han, he of little "hokey" faith, is also the one to enlighten Rey and Finn about the past, before the wicked First Order replaced the Empire. "The crazy thing is, it's true -- the Force, the Jedi, all of it," he says with a hint of longing. "It's all true."

    Han is a proxy for the audience, amazed that he's made it this far in the galaxy's history. Even naysayers become disciples sometimes. And that is the beauty of "The Force Awakens": It stands in awe of its predecessors, and without being corny, it is allowed to exist within a wistful framework. It is paced much like the films of the original trilogy, and its humor is even more riotous. Abrams employs reverence without making it a gimmick. The movie would rather plant an orbit for the many installments yet to come. To accomplish that, it needs to remind us of the story's history -- that, anyway, is where its power lies, which George Lucas forgot when he made the prequels. And to avoid dependency on the "Star Wars" of yore, it builds a new mythology in order to move ahead.

    Along the way, callbacks are sprinkled throughout -- in the visuals, the dialogue and the music, oh, the music! Han takes Finn and Rey to the elaborate home of an "old friend" named Maz Kanata, a motion-capture alien played by Lupita Nyong'o. Entering Maz's palace is like being transported back to Mos Eisley, even down to the way the scene is shot and edited, with rapid-fire glimpses of the new cantina's many odd inhabitants. In another scene, Rey uses a timeless Jedi mind trick to convince a Stormtrooper to drop his weapon, just like Obi-Wan Kenobi did when he insisted "these are not the droids you're looking for." Han also calls back to one of the franchise's most famous scenes when he asks, "Is there a garbage chute? Trash compactor?" while looking to vanquish a villain. Maybe it all becomes a bit too on the nose after a while, but who cares when it's this much fun? And, speaking of villains, you'll find ample references to Darth Vader and the Death Star, yet Kylo Ren and his massive Starkiller Base are entities unto themselves. The sneering cadence Adam Driver gives Ren is pretty special. (And yes, after all that speculation, you'll find out soon enough what Luke is up to. I won't say anything more about that right now.)

    You'll notice I haven't mentioned many flaws in "The Force Awakens." It's not because they don't exist. (The second half moves too quickly, making the action feel slightly smothering.) It's because, after so many years without these cinematic companions, it is fantastic to witness them again as they exist in our memories. So few characters who return to the big screen get the revivals they deserve, both in and outside of "Star Wars." That we can spend a few brisk hours with these and walk away enlivened is worth eons of anticipation. Our pals have returned to our loving arms, and new ones -- looking at you, BB-8 -- have joined them. Chewie, we're home.

    "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens Dec. 18.
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  12. DragonSVD

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    This is the movie you are looking for...

    I cant get it out of my head, home at 3am after watching it. A few hours of sleep that I have to say was not calm....movie in my head....even my star wars loving girlfriend....that was a joke, said it was a really excellent movie. I almost decided to sell my tickets this week on ebay but she said she would go and didnt hesitate when reminded. Last night she wanted to go, her friend was teasing her, and I had to show her the princess laia costume on google since she was being teased to wear it. She was a little happy, but lets just say when you get up at 5.15 in the morning, a 00.05 movie (which started 15 minutes late), isnt something you do for yourself. She did it for me, but after the movie ended she was smiling and happy. She said it was really an excellent movie and she was quite surprised.

    In the theater there were TONS of SW t-shirts everywhere, including an original 1977 one! One guy had a professional looking boba-fett costume and lets just say there were quite a few princess laia clones in tight spandex (even my girlfriend commented on this...she said her stomach looks better than all of them...i think it was the princess laia costume jokes that influenced this...but she is right, she does look better then those girls who are my eldest daughter's age!)....the average age of the people attending was probably 20. I saw only 2 guys who MIGHT have been older then me! but i doubt anyone there attended the first screening of sw in 1977....i did i did!!!. It was a fun magical evening. I have never seen the theater THAT crowded ever!

    JJ Abrams is a genius and he proves it again. JJ even cast an old time favorite from his Alias days, Greg Grunberg (extra credit interview)! It was one of those movies where people, references and comments just kept popping up! So much laughter, such an engaged audience. Im going to predict that this movie will set every box office record! I want to go watch it again tonight!!!

    so if you know the franchise you will love it, if you or someone else you go with doesnt know it, they will love it too. The jokes they wont get are ok as dialog regardless, and they might ask you why people are laughing....thats your queue to introduce them to the first 3 movies!!!

    So, now I have been to 6 of the 7 premiers! What a great lifetime experience.
  13. DragonSVD

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    THAT is sooooo bloody funny!!! How the hell did Jack Black get involved! Its got to be his voice...brilliant
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  16. DragonSVD

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    I want to nominate you for the best post EVER!!!
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  17. DragonSVD

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    if you never heard of star wars.....
  18. Eldibar

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    I liked it, definatley worth seeing. The direct ion was top notch, visually stunning, great CGI.

    The only reason I give 4/5 was that I felt it was a bit deriavative of the original first movie, i.e. IV. A lot of similar themes, plot, scenes even, just with a bit of twist - maybe it's a homage, maybe it's fan fodder, maybe it's a history is doomed to repeat metaphor.

    Anyway, go see it, sit back and enjoy. :)
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  19. DragonSVD

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    Doomed? Can we ban this guy? Doomed? Doomed to what? launch the next 5 billion dollar franchise???
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