Tuesday, December 29, 2015

 

Spoiler Alert! Star Wars Episode VII

From a technical standpoint, it was well made, well acted, and well done. It did, however, have some serious flaws. The problem with the new Star Wars movie is it's the same as the old Star Wars Movie. The plot of Episode VII is exactly the same as the plot to Episodes IV thru VI.

There's a young person on a desert planet that get's caught up in the bad guys looking for a droid. (plot point from episode IV) 
The droid has info vital to the good guys plans.
The bad guys have a scary leader in a mask.
The guy in the mask has a scary boss.
There's a cantina scene with weird aliens. (another plot point from episode IV) 
One of the characters has father issues.
A mentor type character is killed by the bad guy in the mask. (another plot point from episode IV)
The bad guys have a giant space weapon that can destroy worlds.
The good guys must destroy the space weapon.
Somebody has to disable the shields.
There's a sword fight at the end.
And so on...

There's more, but I hit the high points. ALL of this crap has been done before, by different characters, in the original trilogy. Seriously, with all the money and resources that fucking Disney has, they couldn't have paid some writers to come up with an original plot???

I was disappointed that they killed off Han Solo. One of my favorite characters, and iconic to the series. Harrison Ford is elated, however. He believed the character should have been killed off in Episode VI. And Luke basically gets a cameo, right at the end. So you don't get to see a reunion of Luke, Han, and Leia, which is the one thing I was looking forward to since I learned the original cast would be in the film.

What Lucas should have done is make Episode VII thirty years ago, instead of the "prequels" which, while technically superior to the original trilogy, suffered from having a lot of stupid stuff included. Young Aniken Skywalker having built the droids R2D2 and C3P0, really? And the stupid race. And fucking JarJar. All of this should have been a cartoon, and the events directly after Episode VI should have been the next movie. If Ford didn't want to be in them, fine. He's not the only scruffy looking nerf herder in the galaxy. If Leia is a princess, why isn't Luke a prince? If Luke is the last Jedi, why didn't he train Leia in the ways of the force?

I was cautiously optimistic prior to the release, now that I've seen it, I'm a little disappointed. It could have been so much better. I don't know how Disney is going to release a movie every two years if they can't come up with an original plot. After all the hype dies down, I'm sure there will be backlash. This movie made tons of money for Disney, will the next one?

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