It was also nice to see C-3PO being his usual self.
Yeah I was nervous about him because of the absolutely cringeworthy comoc relief role he'd been relegated to in the prequels.
what the crap kind of name is Snoke?
Hey man, after having to endure a name like Count Dooku, I think we got off easy on that one.
Also, A New Hope actually ends. This movie is a blatant cliffhanger. I don't fault the movie for this, but it's disingenuous to say this is a reboot of A New Hope when it gets the ending wrong.
I agree. They could have tweaked the ending to make it feel more like an actual ending that closes off the first part. Episode 4 and, much as I hate to admit it, Episode 1 got this right.
Maz said how she got Luke's lightsaber is a "Story for another time." NO! The time for that story is NOW, dang it!
Yeah it would have been better if they'd at least given a quick "Bespin cloudminers recovered it and passed it to the Rebellion where I was working as a clerk." Bam. Done. Can be expanded into a larger story later if they wanted to.
Of course, the other minor issues I had were more technical. The CGI stuck out like a sore thumb. It was painfully obvious. Practical effects were good, but the CGI they used was not. Also, hyperspace felt like it was literally copy/pasted from the Star Trek reboot. I get it, they're similar, but come on guys. I also found the overall "feel" of everything to be very un-Star Wars. In the original trilogy, the sets and models had a well-worn, matte feel to them. Like they could actually exist. This movie had shiny things everywhere. Even if they were dirty and used, they still had that glossy, Pacific Rim-style look. Nothing about this is timeless, this is very easily identifiable as a 2010's movie with it's shiny, Apple-esque "gritty" aesthetic. Rather than just copy the style used by the original trilogy, a Hollywood coat of paint was applied.
I dunno I felt the settings were pretty well lived in, except the First Order facilities which shouldn't feel that way anyhow.
Now, as for gripes... yeah, I think the planetary weapon was a bit underwhelming and silly, and it felt like they were saying "Hey moviegoers: You thought the Death Star was bad? Wait 'til you see this! Oh hey, we just destroyed lots of planets! Isn't that cool?"
Yeah I agreed. You know something's wrong when the star system killing planet-gun is a minor subplot.
So George Lucas must be more butthurt than we thought.
"It is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film,
television and the parks... Most of all I'm blown away with the record-breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of JJ and Kathy."
I bet he's blown away.
"They wanted to do a retro movie. I don't like that, Every movie, I work very hard to make them completely different, with
different planets, with different spaceships, make it new."
I'm calling B.S. on that. Tatooine appears in every single one of the first 6 films except Empire Strikes Back. Coruscant is in all 3 prequels as is Naboo. Each film does introduce at least one new planet, but rarely does that even matter. The prequels were working toward starships and fighters that looked like the familiar ones from the orginals.
"They weren't that keen to have me involved anyway, but if I get in there, I'm just going to cause trouble, because they're not going to
do what I want them to do. And I don't have the control to do that any more."
That, George, is precisely why you got shut out of the process. You'd cause trouble when you didn't get your way. You can't seem to just offer suggestions and leave it at that.
"When you break up with somebody... You have to put it behind you and it's a very, very, very hard thing to do, These are my kids... All the Star Wars films. I loved them,
I created them, I'm very intimately involved in them. I sold them to the white slavers that take these things."
YOU created them? dude... you can reasonably make that comment about the prequels and even the very first Star Wars film (though that does implicitly ignore the cotributions of many of other talented people) but you did NOT create Episodes 5 and 6, which many fans regard as the best in the series.
"He who takes offense when no offense is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a greater fool."
"Don't take refuge in the false security of consensus."