God did I hate this movie when it came out. And there are still elements that I really do hate. Daisy Ridley sucks in this first film, and the plot is a rehash as others have pointed out. It's often boring, and doesn't ever get as tense or thrilling as a Star Wars film should. But upon reevaluation it's actually fantastically shot and well edited. The beginning especially is quite nice (before Daisy starts talking)
I'm being harsher on this film than I absolutely have to be, but its box - ticking tendencies (Abrams' eagerness to please takes all his franchises in weird directions) truly aggravates. To mangle Lon Chaney's words in Spider - Baby: Just because something's not bad, doesn't mean it's good.
A seventh film that refocus the "Star Wars" saga after the dreadful prequel trilogy by adding firstly engaging characters and a universe that doesn't overkill itself on CGI landscapes. Giving the enemy soldiers personality was a good idea too and the action scenes are well thought out, but I hate the film's lousy attempt at a "shock twist".
What Abrams brings to the 'Star Wars' franchise, with 'The Force Awakens', what he is able to capture, is not an enriched story with originality but a story that recaptures the magic and sense of wonder that has not been felt since the original trilogy. It is that feeling of being seven years old again that carries this film; it's just a shame that Rey is a Mary-Sue, more so a boring one, who fails to do so.
Nonostante questo nuovo capitolo non sia allo stesso livello dei precedenti, devo ammettere che l'idea di concentrare parte della storia su uno Stormtrooper che cambia fazione mancava in questa grande saga. Fino ad ora non si era mai visto un solo uomo o donna sotto quelle maschere. BB-8 non è R2-D2 ma è comunque molto simpatico, immancabili C-3PO e Chewbecca. Poe è il nuovo Han Solo, o almeno ci prova.
I'm going to see The Last Jedi later tonight and thought it would be a good idea to revisit this as a kind of warm up or preparation. Honestly, it wasn't as infuriating as I remembered it being. I mean, it's far from perfect, but it has its moments. Some of the smaller (but-still-not-very-subtle) references to the earlier films seemed a bit more charming the second time around. Actually kind of looking forward to LJ