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****SPOILER-FREE impressions of: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS -
Okay, so, I thought it was a mediocre movie, at best, aggravatingly derivative to the point of merely being a rip-off of a better film (which is becoming JJ Abrams' creative raison d'être). The special effects are spectacular, but this is to be expected. However, the characters are essentially hollow, relying too heavily on follow-up installments to be properly fleshed out, as well as on the history laid out by the archetypal heroes and villains from 1977. Basically, this movie is too much of a love letter to the film we all really love so much more, squandering the chance to tell a genuinely new story (Sound familiar? See: Abrams' Star Trek films). And its monumental success is clearly attributable to that greater love (as well as being a desperately-needed palate-cleanser for the Prequel Trilogy).
Overall, it's a fun flick that, at times, resembles the goofy kiddie kitsch which Lucas fashioned for television (those insufferable Ewok movies). And there are curious lapses in internal logic (Since when can folks call up and talk to starships in the middle of a hyperspace jump???).
With the possible exception of only one endearing new character, the highlights here subsist exclusively of the reappearance of beloved heroes from a bygone era, rather than their inferior younger "copies." Hopefully, Abrams has gotten most of his fanboy adoration out of the way, allowing for better efforts to come.
Is STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS worth over a billion bucks at the box office?
My answer: a resounding NO.
But then, what movie is?
As always, your mileage may vary.
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