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Subject: RE: Thoughts on Force Awakened? Rouge One trailer?
Posted by Garynn
on 2016-04-12 21:43
I went into The Force Awakens knowing that it would never be Empire, but praying it wouldn't be Phantom. I was pleased with what I saw.
I'm not a huge fan of JJ's penchant for lens flare and certain lighting/angle choices, but I have to say as somewhat of a purist (I like movies that stick to the books/canon) I appreciate what he can do. How hard is it to take a franchise that is so beloved, that has such history and culture and material to draw from, and make something new without desecrating the old. Be it Star Wars or Star Trek, admit it, the guy has balls if nothing else.
I liked the eater eggs/nods to the previous movies. I liked the diversity in the cast. I didn't think the acting was very strong, but I wasn't expecting it to be. Does it seem like we've heard this story before? Of course, and perhaps that's Hollywood's lack of imagination or courage to try anything new, or mayhap it's an opportunity to fix the mistakes of the past. Trust the Force.
As for Rouge One...
I'm excited. Not just fanboy ohgawdyes another Star Wars movie excited. Rogue One, unlike TFA, has cast some serious acting chops.
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) I think will be great, Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) has the bearing of a great villain and Forest Whitaker... I mean really.
If you look at the setting (Pre A New Hope) it's safe to say it has the potential to be a darker story than your usual Star Wars fare... if they have the guts to take it there.
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