Presented by James M. Tate / 1/23/2016 / No comments / 2015 , franchise , star wars
ZIPPING THROUGH FORCE AWAKENS OF THE FOURTH TIME
|Director Abrams brings back the classic imagery that made it all shine|
|A Lukeless Movie Poster|
|The Nefarious Darth Snorkel|
But by the third AWAKENS viewing, Lupita became less annoying. In fact there's a blue collar female expository-driven Jedi (though Lupita is more of a Jedi groupie) in Alan Dean Foster's first expanded universe novel (and the first expanded novel, period) titled SPLINTER OF THE MIND'S EYE that she might be based on. Her intense, spontaneous moment looking into the eyes of ex-Stormtrooper Finn makes up for her flaws just like the intensity of our gorgeous tomboy Rey makes up for Han and Leia's son, the grandson of Darth Vader: For Kylo Ren has the most potential for ruining the new franchise from the start, but his close blood relation to Vader makes more sense for his too-rushed need to be an equally evil warrior donning a dark mask and speaking through a nefarious voice box, and his rabid jealousy about this new girl in town's immense Jedi powers provide logic and even humor to his random tantrums. And while that actor, Adam Driver, has been annoying in "normal" movies, trying too hard to be the next tall & offbeat Jeff Goldblum turned hipster, his villainy is aided by the fact there's an Emperor character, Snoke, who, voiced by Andy Serkis and looking as if Gollum took a growth pill, while being the worst input in AWAKENS, makes Ren's relationship with Domhnall Gleeson's Nazi-like General Hux work since Hux has a connection with Snoke that provides him the ability to intentionally annoy and even goad Ren without getting killed, lessening some of Kylo's powers, a good thing since less is more, especially with this particular (and perhaps intentional) lightweight heavy.
|Han Solo's last stand|
|If only baby Greedo shot first|
|Leave her be, rich boy Maxwell|
MOVIE RATING: ****
ALSO: Since writing this, yours truly has seen it a fifth time. Might be the last viewing until having it on VUDU, which has been already ordered online. THE FORCE AWAKENS isn't perfect, but it flows, is fun, and goes from scene to scene in a fashion that makes it totally re-watchable. And as you can see by the picture of Max Landis above, perhaps his resemblance to Adam Driver got him defensive.