A star wars Fan since 77 when I saw it at 5yrs old during it's first theater run.
My 2 Cents/Review/Comments on TFA:
- Great esthetic look, glad they shot on film, it allows for a connection with I, IV - VI (II & III have a visual disconnect because of the digital look/I.E. Not Film).
- Humor was right on.
- Kylo works
- Great Acting
- Visual effects worked with IV-VI, a very good balance.
- Great Pacing, Tone and Rhythm.
- I thought this film had the best cinematography of all the films.
- I don't see this film as a reboot of IV, because I mirrored IV and so on...(Ring Theory). So naturally VII rhymes with I & IV now.
- So many New (cool looking) Aliens and so few familiar ones created a big disconnect for me (Should have added/peppered Maz's place with some Rodians, Ithorians, Hutts, etc to blend in with the new aliens). The prequels and TCW was great at having this continuity.
- While the film esthetic helped, missing was Lucas' anthropology background/influence where everything was alien, but familiar and made sense, this is even true of the creatures, more weird (Rathars), less based on familiar cultures, animals (Nexu, Banthas, etc).
- SLJ is right - needs better duels, it was sloppy/dull (but so was Ani vs. Obi in IV). Hopefully with Jedi training we will get this by 8/9.
- The music was good and sounds great on its own, but in the film it plain sucked and flatlined at key moments. I read a quote from JJ where he said he told Williams "Just do what you do" George got the best out of JW because the music is part of the visual pacing of the
film (operatic) and he collaborated throughout the scoring sessions. I think Williams could have used more direction to score to the beats. I believe the use of the burning homestead from IV when Rey uses the force to get the lightsaber was a last minute fix to pump up the emotion of the scene and it seems shoehorned into the score. Any of the prequels could put
this score in their pocket.
- While I said I don't think of this as a reboot of IV, it took us nowhere new, it played it safe and rehashed all the most popular beats from the OT. This is something I sadly see happening about 70 % of the time on rebels. TCW, which was far superior and brilliant storytelling,
took us to Mortis, Mandalore and Diego, gave us the Box, that train robbery stuff with Ventress and Boba, as well as Cad Bane, Savage, Duchess Satine, HONDO, etc. The most exciting thing about rebels is throwing in a OT Character every other week. Rex and Ashoka are
saving this show for me right now. It's like the well has been tapped out W/O George.
All this being said, i think it was a fun, enjoyable movie (Lucas a s a director hurts the PT films, but as everything else, esp. screenwriter (Minus Dialogue) and main editor, he's great). But the elements missing as mentioned in the cons leave me fearful of what will happen to this franchise after 10 years under a corporate entertainment conglomerate answerable to shareholders. Disney will keep it respectable and first class, but not necessarily fresh and rich as a master storyteller and anthropologist such as Lucas could. All evidence seems to show he's been locked out of any influence either by choice or by force (save having Filoni's ear up at the ranch).
Speaking of Filoni, watch the episodes or rebels directed by him with Vader, unbelievable difference and shows he was well trained by Lucas as a custodian of the franchise and as a filmmaker! My hope is eventually Dave will have total influence over creative and the creative/story group and Kennedy will handle the production duties, etc. I also think Dave sees the writing on the wall and misses Uncle George.