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So...Star Wars? (spoiler free)

Did you go yet? Did you go yet?!!

I think this one is my favorite. I never saw any of the Star Wars movies all the way through until Episode 3 came out. I wanted to go see 3 in the theater, so Benn insisted that I watch the original trilogy first. I ended up watching all 5 existing films and I actually preferred the prequel trilogy at that point. Benn and I have had many discussions as to why. In general, I am not a fan of the style in which movies were made in the 70's. I'm also not a huge sci-fi/fantasy fan, so any kind of space movie that doesn't deal with real or plausible science is usually not on my must watch list. I'm also not a huge action/adventure fan--at least not action/adventure in the 70's and 80's. So Star Wars wasn't something I was likely to love on first viewing. Also, if you've never seen Star Wars and you start with the prequels as stand alone movies, they're mostly pretty good--especially episode 3--except for a complete lack of emotional connection between Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman. If you grew up with Star Wars and it has a nostalgic value, I totally get why the prequel trilogy rained on your Star Wars parade, but if you watched the prequels first/at the same time, you might not feel the same way.

So that's where I was coming from going into this movie. I didn't expect that it would be similar to the prequels because most fans (J.J. Abrams included, probably) hated them. I also didn't know how much original trilogy influence to expect because if you just continue the story, you run the risk of being too repetitive. There are some repeated themes and plot lines to be sure, but they are just different enough to keep a sense of mystery alive until episode 8 is released. I liked The Force Awakens so much that I went back and re-watched the original trilogy last night. Seeing the flavor of the old films replayed with modern film-making techniques really brought home why people love the originals. I found myself actually enjoying the original trilogy because oft he way that The Force Awakens made me think/feel about Star Wars in general. There are flaws here and there, but I think that this movie is the most captivating from start to finish. It's a little bit choppy and I think if you haven't seen the originals, you'll not understand some things, but I think that you could watch it first and basically get the gist of what's going on.

I think we're going back again tomorrow night. I want to see it in 3D with Dbox motion seats to see if it feels like Star Tours.

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I am one of those who ended up hating the prequel trilogy. Not because of the clunky dialogue or stilted storylines - that's a feature of all of the movies thus far, but because the PT had a cast without chemistry and largely without the ability to make the dialogue sound anything other than ludicrous. There was no chemistry (to me) between the two leads and in three movies, only Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor came anywhere close to being able to make the dialogue sound vaguely believable.

I saw TFA on a spur of the moment thing - I was meant to see it for the first time tomorrow (Sunday) but had a colleague almost spoil everything for me that I wandered into a cinema at 10pm on Thursday night (UK release day) and managed to get a ticket to a 2D showing.

It's very very good (stealing Harrison Ford's description of the movie). The new cast seems well chosen and BB8 has, rightly, stolen a lot of the thunder from R2 - I can't wait to see how these two interact in the next movie. I loved the re-introduction of the Falcon, Han and Chewie's appearance, the new X-Wings. There are numerous references to the previous movies and I'll enjoy going back to seeing which ones are which. I can't wait for Episode 8 now...!

I'll still be seeing it tomorrow as I'll now be able to watch the movie at a normal time and will be able to take the time to look out for some friends who were extremely lucky to be on the production in London.

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I went and seen it last night. I love all the Star Wars but I have to say the originals were always my favourite. I had high hopes for the force awakens because all I had heard was good things. I must admit I watched it and came out and can't wait for the next one. Absolutely loved it Smile I watched it in 3D and the graphics were amazing.

I really want a BB8 but I am not willing to pay PS130 for one. Maybe in the January sales.

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We went again last night--this time in 3D. We wanted to get the Dbox motion seats, but they were sold out, so we might have to go again (darn). I've always wanted to try those seats and this seems like the perfect move from a test run.

Anyway...aside from the fact that I barely slept on Saturday night and I was trying-to-hold-my-eyes-open-and-failing tired, I thoroughly enjoyed our second viewing. I will admit to nodding off a few times in the beginning. That has nothing to do with the movie and everything to do with the fact that I had been fighting sleep all afternoon. I should have just grabbed a quick nap while we were waiting. By the time we met Maz Kanata, I was wide awake for the rest of the movie.

It was much less choppy the second time than I thought it was at first. One of the things that I really like about this film is how easy it is to follow. A lot of times when Star Wars battles are happening, I kind of mental check out because I can't figure out who is fighting who/ who's winning and who's losing. Benn likes the battles. I like all of the stuff in between. This time I actually followed all of the action with no trouble whatsoever. I like that the battles are completely natural and flow with the plot in this movie. They are shot in a way that you can always see who has the upper hand and the characters are easy to identify throughout the battle scenes.

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I felt this movie went a long long way to repairing the 'damage' us old Star Wars fans felt was done by the prequel trilogy. Less CG, more physical sets, chemistry amongst the cast...it was all there.

I saw it in IMAX on Sunday and it had a bigger emotional impact than it did the first time round and have to admit there was definitely a tear or two in my eye at certain points in the movie.

For those who haven't seen it, definitely worth a watch in IMAX - I've not seen it in 3D yet as I saw the only 2D IMAX screening at the London Science Museum, so that might be the third viewing...

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Saw it yesterday and loved it! Very nostalgic and extremely well done!

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I think I need to see it one more time...DBox motion seats reserved for 7:15 tomorrow evening!! Merry Christmas to me! (and to Benn)

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So I've now seen this movie 3 ways - although physically 2 different ways - IMAX (at the only 2D IMAX screening in the UK, so that counts as two ways in one go) and in 3D. I'm not enamoured by the 3D conversion as it makes everything much darker than it needs to be. It's a subtle 3D conversion - it's used to enhance the environment rather than poke things out of the screen at you, although there are a couple of moments of that.

For anyone who has yet to see it, I'd recommend a non 3D IMAX version...it's much more enjoyable.

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Box was interesting. It's the first time we've ever tried it and I'd say for the extra cost, I was lukewarm on the experience. It's awesome on scenes that are shot from the first person point of view. For scenes that are shot in third person, it seems odd that the seat is tossing you from side to side. I'm glad that we tried it and at a few points it seemed like a mild version of Star Tours (I had it on the highest setting and there was still WAY less motion than Star Tours in case you're considering giving it a try and a motion-sensitive), but I won't be in a huge hurry to do it again until they take the technology up a level. You know those "massage" pillows you can get for your back that basically just vibrate? Well this was kind of like using one of those massage pillows instead of getting a real massage.

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Speaking as someone who saw the originals in first release, I'll give it a solid 'B' - but I don't think it lives up to the hype. It is very much in the vein of the original trilogy but according to The Spouse it's a fan-boy movie - and I kind of agree. Maybe one too many nods to the original films.

My big complaint is about the lack of real story line so far - they really did not give me enough to either care about the new protagonists nor understand their motivations for their journey as it relates to the overarching Star Wars mythos so far (I'm really trying to be spoiler-free here). But it's a great popcorn movie.

Although I did scream out loud during 'that scene'. That was worth all the rest.

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I agree completely. As a fan I will see the next one, but I'm hoping for more reason to care about the characters.

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having only watched the star wars films up to now once when I decided it was about time I had enjoyed them but was just gong to wait and see the new one when it came out on DVD or something however my friend convinced me to go and see it which we did yesterday and I really loved it!!!!! I haven't totally warmed to the girl yet (is it rey?) but I loved the new male (think its fin?) and I came out and felt mentally drained!!! maybe it had more effect on me because I don't think I was expecting to like it as much as I did but I want to go again!!!!

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I haven't seen it yet (I know, I know) my husband is making a lot of grumbling but I just haven't had time.

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Kristen K. wrote:
I haven't seen it yet (I know, I know) my husband is making a lot of grumbling but I just haven't had time.

I haven't had time to see it yet either. Hoping to this weekend.

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It is edited like a rollercoaster...a 2+hour rollercoaster, so there's not a great deal of let-up in pace throughout the movie.

It's worth watching and it seems to colour opinion almost like whether you like marmite or not. Some people are very vocal about it just being a homage movie, the PT crowd hate it cos it doesn't look right, where the classic crowd love that it's retro and love that it references the old movies instead of pretending they didn't exist...

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Well, I'm a fan girl so I enjoyed it very much. Going to see it again this weekend. Nothing can match the experience of seeing the original movie for the first 12-odd times, but this one made me very happy nonetheless.

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crazycatperson wrote:
Well, I'm a fan girl so I enjoyed it very much. Going to see it again this weekend. Nothing can match the experience of seeing the original movie for the first 12-odd times, but this one made me very happy nonetheless.

Yay!!!! I'm so glad that you liked it!! mickey awesome yay

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Ok, so there is no denning it I'm a movie geek!!!!! especially when it comes to StarWars. As most fans have, I've been waiting for this for 30 years for this. Loved the first trilogy, the prequel trilogy were OK, 3 being the best of the poorer movies.
So I've seen the TFA twice now(both 2D & 3D) BOTH times I loved it, soooo soooo good. Great cast with chemistry between them, something missing from the prequels. Visually stunning, no stupid items there just because you can. No more from me as I don't want to spoil it for anyone who's not seen it yet.

The worst part about it.......... waiting for the next one. waiting

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We saw it last Thursday. I loved it, DH thought it was "fine". He is not a Star Wars fan though, so that was about what I expected. I understand the criticisms, but really, this one erased the abominations of the prequels and reset the story for me. It will be interesting to see what chances they take with the story in the future films.

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I saw it last Sunday. I definitely agree there's rehashing of story elements from A New Hope but for what it's worth, it was a lot better than the prequels. I kid you not, it was a movie that I never wanted to leave my seat. I definitely loved that they reduced the amount of CGI. Fittingly, they saved the best for last with the lightsaber duel. I do expect more character backstory and development with Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren in the next films.

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I still haven't seen it yet. Ugh

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I finally saw Star Wars awesome

It was good, I'm not a huge Star Wars fan, plus I had read some spoilers, so I wasn't completely blown away by it, but it was good. I look forward to learning more about Rey in future movies.

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Finally. Sitting in the theater as I type. 8 minutes til showtime.

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Finally. Sitting in the theater as I type. 8 minutes til showtime.

loved it except for one scene that I didn't like at all.

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JoAnn C wrote:
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Finally. Sitting in the theater as I type. 8 minutes til showtime.

loved it except for one scene that I didn't like at all.

Was it the scene where the thing happens to the guy?

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alicemouse wrote:
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JoAnn C wrote:
Finally. Sitting in the theater as I type. 8 minutes til showtime.

loved it except for one scene that I didn't like at all.

Was it the scene where the thing happens to the guy?

OMG Yes! And the doohickie goes flying into the whatcha bobbit! Totally crap.

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alicemouse wrote:
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Finally. Sitting in the theater as I type. 8 minutes til showtime.

loved it except for one scene that I didn't like at all.

Was it the scene where the thing happens to the guy?

Yes. I did not like that thing that happened to the guy.

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JoAnn C wrote:
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JoAnn C wrote:
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Finally. Sitting in the theater as I type. 8 minutes til showtime.

loved it except for one scene that I didn't like at all.

Was it the scene where the thing happens to the guy?

Yes. I did not like that thing that happened to the guy.

Is this the thing that happened to the guy who didn't want to be the guy who was the guy?

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Sid Man wrote:
JoAnn C wrote:
alicemouse wrote:
JoAnn C wrote:
JoAnn C wrote:
Finally. Sitting in the theater as I type. 8 minutes til showtime.

loved it except for one scene that I didn't like at all.

Was it the scene where the thing happens to the guy?

Yes. I did not like that thing that happened to the guy.

Is this the thing that happened to the guy who didn't want to be the guy who was the guy?

It did involve the guy who didn't want to be the guy who was the guy. rolling

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Loved the movie. I feel the same about the scene that involved the guy who didn't want to be the guy who was the guy! rolling

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I'm pretty sure we can avoid having to hide spoilers now, right?

But for those who still haven't seen it, there's also the guy who wasn't the guy who became the guy he thought he wasn't, the guy who was the guy who everyone thought was dead and wasn't the guy who didn't want to be the guy who was the guy (!) and the girl who didn't want to be the girl but became the girl who did...

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