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4 January 2016 - 6:38am

New Star Wars - deja-vu all over again?

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As I've been away for a few weeks I'm a bit behind the rest of the world and have only just seen the new Star Wars film. I went with my wife and, although he's desperate to see it, we've made the call not to take my 5 year old son as he gets scared by the most random stuff. He'll have to wait until its out on DVD and I can skip the tentacle monsters eating people!

Anyway I really enjoyed it, it was so much better than the cruddy episodes 1 to 3 which have some of the worst acting and plots ever. But there's just this one thing ... the plot was more or less a rehash of the original (and sequels). So much so that its almost a remake rather than a new story.

Feel free to post spoilers here. If you don't want spoilers, don't read on!

Okay we have...

- Orphan hero on a desert planet. Check.
- A droid escapes on desert planet with critical secret information. Check.
- Heroes crash land on the desert planet after a narrow escape from the bad guys. Check.
- Good guys end up in a weird space bar with assorted aliens, looking for a pilot. Check.
- Hero discovers her force powers and goes in search of a mentor. Check.
- Hiding under the floor from in the Millennium Falcon. Check.
- Death Star ... er sorry something else that was 20x bigger than the Death Star. Check.
- Big name character (heheh no spoiler here) killed in light sabre stand off on big futuristic platform. Check.
- X-Wings flying in trenches shooting at Tie Fighters and laser cannons. Check.
- Small bunch of rebels blowing up the death star after Han and Chewie disable the shields. Check.

I could go on. They should have called it "Star Wars VII: Deja Vu All Over Again". It got to the point where I started thinking about who was going to get killed off like Obi Wan way before it happened. My early guess wasn't right, but about 10 minutes before it did happen it became nailed on obvious.

So all in all it was strange. It was a very enjoyable movie, the actress playing Ray and the actor playing Finn were both good, and I liked the nod to the old movies (the "you will release me and leave the room" was very funny). I liked the x-wing pilot Poe more than any other character though as he was most like Han Solo, my favourite from the originals. That scene with the others on the ground watching him take on the tie fighters and the power installation thing was awesome. But I really do hope they go somewhere new with the next couple.

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4 January 2016 - 1:21pm
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I loved, loved, LOVED Star Wars: The Force Awakens! I ended up taking my 6-year-old son to see it on opening day (we went just after lunch, so it was crowded but not absurd), and we both had awesome moments where we turned to look at each other and were saying "AWESOME!"

I completely agree that it was like A New Hope all over again, but I think that they did a wonderful job of setting up the next two movies to move on to something different, and the nostalgic kick was probably necessary to get that ball moving.

Here are my thoughts on the movie:

- Kylo Ren is an excellent villain, and I loved the conflict in him. As much as I love Darth Vader, Kylo Ren has levels of depth to him that I can't wait to see unpeeled in the next few movies.

- Loved the humor. I have to admit that I'm not a Star Trek Fan, but JJ Abrams did a great job of making that movie accessible to people not in on the lore, and I really enjoyed the humor that he put into the first Star Trek film. He did the same thing with The Force Awakens, and I think that opens the franchise to more people.

- The practical effects were excellent. The crap prequels were so heavy on CGI that it was disgusting. I enjoyed the way back to puppets and craft that made the first films so iconic.

- The movie surprised me. I really tried to avoid any spoilers before I saw the movie, but you did hear peeps about people saying that trailers indicated this and this would happen, but almost none of those things really went down. After watching the movie I found out that Disney and Abrams actually put stuff in the trailers that wasn't in the movie to keep people off the trail. I have a feeling some of the stuff people think is going down isn't really what's going to be the truth in the new movies.

- Rey is hot.

- It was fun, which is what Star Wars is supposed to be! That is in complete contrast to the prequels, which left me in a "meh" mood when I left. I walked out of The Force Awakens with a wide smile on my face, and my son and I spent the next few days talking about the movie constantly... to the point where my wife told us to close the door as she was tired of all the Star Wars talk.

I can't wait for the next one!

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14 January 2016 - 5:01am
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My sister and her partner are major Star Wars fans and got Sydney premiere tickets. Then went back and had second viewing a week later! She also spotted the ANA R2-D2 plane that flew to Sydney to launch a new route - Tokyo Haneda to Sydney. Honestly if she could have snared a return flight just to sit on that plane I'm sure she would have! It is pretty cool though - there's an R2-D2 and BB-8 jet, you can check them out here

I also enjoyed the movie, very entertaining but am looking forward to some new material in the next installment.

Gotta hand it to Disney, they are merchandising champions. The kids have so many Star Wars paraphernalia it's ridiculous and they still have more on their wish list!

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14 January 2016 - 6:57pm
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Oh yeah, my son is all wrapped up in Star Wars, and he is all about the toys, movies, clothes, etc. I really think they are going to go on a tangent in Episode VIII, which will end up being a great thing (although divisive as you cannot please Star Wars fans no matter what).

Do you have any predictions moving forward, or is that a different thread? Smile

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15 January 2016 - 1:25am
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I read a headline somewhere that posed the question whether the little orange woman running the alien bar was the new Yoda. I thought it was blatantly obvious that Luke Skywalker is the new "living like a hermit alone on some distant planet before trainee jedi tracks him down" guy. Anyway...

I was wondering while watching if there might be a family connection there.

Predict away...

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