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Star Wars And The Nostalgia-Based Films

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Coming out of The Force Awakens I decided to put down not a review, but a post laying out whether or not the movie is anything more than a nostalgia bomb. I laid out my fears previously, and honestly, a few hours after the fact, I’m still not sure it did enough to escape that fate.

A lot of people might say a pure fan service nostalgia bomb is what the audience needs, but I for one walked into a new Star Wars movie to see the universe taken to new places. To be frank, Force Awakens mostly felt like a setup for what could be interesting new places in the next two movies. If you’ve already read some of the reviews, a lot of them seem to criticize it for being a bit too much like A New Hope. Continue reading

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Hopes And Fears For The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force AwakensPh: Film Frame©Lucasfilm 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Film Frame©Lucasfilm 2015

Since literally everybody is talking about The Force Awakens in the run up to its launch I guess I should put down something about it. I never really wanted to because I don’t consider myself a good judge of films — I don’t watch enough of them, but watching Star Wars A New Hope again reminded me of some things. Specifically, it reminded me of what was appealing about Star Wars in the first place and what I hope Force Awakens doesn’t forget. All the hype and trailers have me optimistic I’ll get an enjoyable movie, but still cautious wondering what we’ll get beyond that.

Basically, I have two main fears concerning Force Awakens: 1) That it will spend too much time reminiscing about the original trilogy. 2) That it will end up feeling like just another blockbuster movie simply calling itself Star Wars, even if it ends up being an okay one or a pretty good one. Continue reading

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