Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Disneycember

Changing things up a bit as Doug and Rob look over the newest addition to the Star Wars movies, The Force Awakens!

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Askmewhatitmeanshoohoohoo
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Askmewhatitmeanshoohoohoo

THANK YOU for doing this so soon! You rock, Doug.

TheNiddo
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I was… pretty disappointed in the movie overall. It had some serious pacing issues. Star Wars is supposed to slow down at points, be more methodical and let characters and events develop that way, then mix in moments of action alongside it. The Force Awakens didn’t do that at all. Even the “slower” moments or character development moments felt very rushed/fast paced once the movie got past the 10 minute mark or so. Within half an hour I was thinking “alright please slow down already and give me a chance to take things in”. That just never happened. I mean… Read more »
Hershberg
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Spot on, not a lot of reviews or critics are making note of this but to me it felt like the biggest weakness, this movie felt like it was moving at breakneck speeds, took me out of it very early on

Masterbuizel
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I somewhat agree with you on this matter. Now, I’m going to start this off by saying; when it comes to the arts, I tend to appreciate what something is /intended/ to be a bit more than what it turns out to be. I captioned this to a friend of mine an hour or so ago with this sentence: “I think I like the prequels more.” Now I can admit, technically the prequels (at least 1 and 2) are worse than The Force Awakens. Their plots are harder to follow, the acting is somewhat wooden, Jar Jar, etc. But I… Read more »
Askmewhatitmeanshoohoohoo
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Askmewhatitmeanshoohoohoo
Here’s my take. What JJ did was actually brilliant. We just don’t realize it yet. The first time I saw the movie, I hated that the destruction of the Starkiller Base wasn’t built up and was understated in the finale. It almost began to ruin the movie for me. But then I realized something. This is, in fact, the third Death Star battle, and that’s garnered a lot of criticism. But if you look at how it was handled, it actually makes a ton of sense. It is not the main climax for a very good reason. The climax is… Read more »
MikeJ2
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Agree with you, Most Reviewers are just so happy it is better then the prequels they missed your points.

KelaRavenwood
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Doug the place the First Order Came from is likely(as I have not read the new cannon which goes into it) was rebuilt from the “Many other Command Ships in the Fleet”. There was only one SSD in the climax of Jedi which is what Han was Talking about when he said Command Ships. Those things are the equivalent of an american Super Carrier those things don’t travel alone they each have a fleet of ships that travel with it, and 1 SSD plus escorts was enough to take out the entire Rebel Fleet. “We won’t last long against those… Read more »
xxfiredudexx
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now that the film is out I have to ask
Why include Star Wars in disneycember
The majority of the films are FOX not disney
If you are gong to bend the rules for Star Wars then why not marvel
There were enough movies based on marvel comics for a whole month

Masterbuizel
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Because Disney now owns both Marvel and Star Wars. Yes there’s been a lot of Marvel movies, but only those done by Marvel Studios are eligible.

cloneboy123
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Yes they were by FOX but when Disney bought the franchise, they legally own everyone of the movies. Unlike with Marvel, which WAS bought by Disney but not every one of their characters belong to Disney. Some were sold to Sony, 20th century fox, Universal Studios and even Lionsgate. That’s why movies like the X-MEN or the Amazing Spider Man can’t really be part of Disneycember.

KelaRavenwood
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My Guess, The MCU movies are Cannon and Owned by Disney. The Star Wars Movies are all cannon as well AND they are all owned and Distributed by Disney(save for New Hope). Fox only holds the Distribution Rights to A New Hope, Lucasfilm owns everything else about Star Wars, and Lucasfilm is owned by Disney. As to Doug’s its a repeat of New Hope comment…Well Duh, New Hope was just about the most basic “Hero’s Journey” movie a person could make. Of course another Hero’s Journey Story set in the Same Universe would Parallel it the question is not is… Read more »
RockmanX3
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My girlfriend and I saw it last night and we loved it, but it wasn’t 100% perfect. We have at least 2 more movies to really flesh out the story and characters.

KelaRavenwood
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Politics of the movie. Again I have only seen the movie not read the New Cannon…though I have already seen it twice. What I got from the Opening Crawl was that The First Order is the remnants of the Empire. The New Republic is what the Rebellion because after pushing back the Empire after the Emperor died, the Resistance is kind of a Special Forces type group that is supported by the Republic but not directly tied to it who is tasked with dealing with the New Order. At the risk of bringing Real World Politics into this, it seems… Read more »
monsterfurby
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The thing about the Resistance is that it’s never established as belonging to the Republic but rather as allied to them. It seems pretty obvious that they only exist to give the “good guys” the continued appearance of scruffy underdogs and avoid getting into the political stuff from the prequels.

I very much would have preferred your version though, with the good guys clearly being a Republican strike fleet sent against a desperate and brutal Imperial remnant force. That would have made sense. The way they built it, however, made everything feel small and like it was trying too hard.

SimpleMath
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Maybe it’s just because I’ve been watching alot of Friends lately. But at the moment Kylo Ren took off his match all I could think of was Ross. He looked like Ross!
And his real name being Ben. Ross’ son in Friends was named Ben.

KelaRavenwood
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One last post on this. Part of the reason the Supreme Leader may have looked so bad to you…it did to me the first time I watched it, is because it is NOT the Supreme Leader. It is a Hologram of the Supreme Leader, remember what the Emperor looked like in Empire…not good, because of the Hologram effect, you have that layered on top of the CGI makes it stand out all the more. As far as the Bar Owner the reason she is CGI is the Character is slightly taller then Yoda the Actor that plays her is is… Read more »
OldManHermit
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Doug, I cannot believe you preferred the lightsaber fights in the prequels. The fight between Kylo and Finn in particular felt so visceral and real. Their strikes had actual weight to them like they were swinging around real swords. There was a real sense of danger. It was the complete opposite of the over choreographed video game bullshit from the prequels.

Grinch
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DITTO.

Souledge94
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I enjoyed both.

Zoey Posthuman
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I think all three styles are perfect. The originals? Old men and a noob. None of them should be good. The prequels? MOTHERFLIPPIN SPACE WARLOCKS WITH LASER SWORDS AND THOUSANDS OF YEARS TO HONE THEIR TECHNIQUE! They should DEFINITELY fight like that. They are MASTERS. They’re simultaneously using The Force and swordfighting techniques that require it. They’re fused The Force into their combat. They are Jedi, calm even in life-or-death battles. They can augment all their abilities with The Force while in breakneck speed fights, because they are awesome. They SHOULD NEVER look like normal people in a normal swordfight.… Read more »
happymel
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I just saw this movie last night! It was really good. I was super hyped to see this movie since it was my first Star Wars movie to see in theaters since I wasn’t quite 13 when Episode III came out. 🙁 This is my second favorite Star Wars movie now, behind Episode 6. I just had a big smile on my face for most of the movie. First of all, it had no Jar Jar. Haha. It had very very few romantic scenes. Almost all of the acting was solid. It had some twists, man! It had a good… Read more »
Batnono
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Agree with you; as much as people like to blame Lucas for trying to set political stakes in the prequels, the Force Awakens needed a little bit of that, just to have some believable background.

Hardback247
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Keep in mind that this is the first of a new trilogy. Hopefully more will be revealed in Episodes VIII and IX.

dirgle
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You know Doug, for most of what you had said, even if I didn’t agree with you I could understand where you were coming from. But not caring for the light saber battle? Really? Light sabers might be one of the most iconic thing about star wars, arguably more so than the force. Star Wars, samurais in space was the genesis idea. It had to be in there. And thank god it wasn’t some highly polished, choreographed ode to crouching tiger hidden dragon. It felt brutal, rough, like two people doing the best they can manage to not be killed… Read more »
KouTheMad
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………..so who else thinks Snoke is Jar Jar?

GinIchi03
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No….Nooo….NOOOOOOOOO…NOOOOOOOOOOO…OH GOD NO….NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

KouTheMad
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But it all makes sense. Jar Jar was actually secretly a Dark Lord of the Sith the whole time, manipulating both Palpatine and Anakin behind the scenes, pretending to be this clumsy idiot the whole time. I mean, how else could an idiot of his caliber somehow get into the ranks of General and than Politician? Let alone his constant ‘Lucky Clumsiness’ looks almost exactly like the Drunken Fist Martial Art. And How we he able to convince the entire galaxy to hand over all power to Palpatine, not to mention a cut scene where Palpatine basically thanks him right… Read more »
Naughtydoggus
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“Messa Darth Jar Jar, and Uusa in Big dodo dis time!”

Jesse McNeil
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If your mad that there’s about a third Death Star riddle me this riddle me that what beat a planet killer
Awnser…. Star killer… But that’s a suicide weapon.

GinIchi03
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Am I missing something, or is there a huge plot hole in the movie? Now we all remember Vader cutting off Luke’s hand in Empire, right? Now…how the fuck did his lightsaber end up in a chest on some random planet when it most likely fell hundreds of feet from the city in the sky, there’s no way that shit survived a fall like that, it was never explained how frog lady even got it, it just still bothers me. Overall I really loved TFA, probably fits in my top 3 Star Wars films, but there were some details I… Read more »
Hardback247
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The lightsaber will be explained in a future movie.

Le Messor
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I hope so! ‘coz I was wondering the same thing. (It’s explicitly the lightsabre Luke lost on Bespin, too – it used to belong to his father.)

monsterfurby
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Tons of minimum-wage workers with huge fishing nets scouring the skies of Bespin for that Lightsaber. That’s how. They truly spared no expense.

Zoey Posthuman
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It’s magic/The Force. We don’t have to explain it.

Acetylsalicilique
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The… Resistance is… resisting the First Order, which is the invader. The Resistance is with the Republic… That seems pretty obvious… =/

Le Messor
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The Resistance is connected to the Republic – but how? Does the Republic fund the Resistance? If the Republic is a government, is it also a guerrilla freedom fighter movement? Is the Republic futile?

monsterfurby
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They were mentioned to be supported by the Republic. One wonders, though – if the First Order has no political power or ambition and basically just sits on its Starkiller Base waiting until they can blow up stuff, why would there be a Resistance? It’s not like the First Order is trying to conquer the galaxy just yet (or can actually risk an open fight with the Republic), so who exactly is the Resistance? Sure, they could be from planets the First Order attacks once in a while, but wouldn’t those be attacks on the Republic? Even more, from a… Read more »
Cferra
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I liked Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I didn’t mind how there was several repeated threads from the original trilogy. If you think about it, it was really more to get people who haven’t seen Star Wars before caught up on what has happened before. Maybe they’ll go see it. Who knows? For old fans, it could be nice nods to the past. Perhaps, as was said in the video, it was a way to get this all out now so it can be a new thing. I still liked it despite the flaws. It had good action, plenty of… Read more »
Chaos Marine
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I thought the villains were utterly terrible. Ren didn’t look a thing like his parents and he doesn’t look at all dangerous. He shouldn’t have ever took off his mask in the first place. When he takes his mask off he looked like a creepy older brother who creeps on his sister and her friends. I expected him to start bawling like a lost child every time he spoke. The way he lost it when Ray was mentioned, ‘the girl’ came across as someone who had a huge crush on every girl he’s ever seen and is too much of… Read more »
KouTheMad
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What’s funny is even in the movie alot of the Imperials didn’t even seem to take him seriously, He loses his shit in the other room? The 2 Stormtroopers just turn around all like “I ain’t going anywhere near that stupidity.” and walk away, hell the Guy in charge of the Stormtroopers back talks Ren more than Tarkin did Vader, and the only reason Tarkin got away with it was Palpatine REALLY liked Tarkin and basically told Vader he couldn’t lay a finger on him.

x0ray
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The Force Awakens was great and I can’t wait for Episode VIII.

Duddy
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I thought the movie was really good, a nice return to form as opposed the awfulness that was the prequel trilogy.. @duddybaha

Pietro Sala
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I’m 99% sure Ray is Poe’s sister. If you’ve read the Shattered Empire comic you know that Poe’s mother helped Luke to find two Force trees (all that’s left of the tree that was growing inside the Jedi Temple on Coruscant) soon after the battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi. She keeps one of the trees and plants it in her garden. Poe was already born, so he was not affected, but I believe that that tree could have increased the chances that a newborn would grow up strong in the Force. And Luke kept the other tree,… Read more »
KouTheMad
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Or She’s Luke Daughter.

Hardback247
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Reading people hate this movie is hilarious.

TheRussian
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Go suck a lemon Doug. How the hell is it a bad movie ? Like the Phantom menace and Attack of the clones it’s awesome

AJL
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WARNING SPOILERS BELOW Here’s the thing about the lightsaber fight Doug, yes it wasn’t as action packed as the prequels, but with 2 good reasons. First off it allowed the audience to care more about the characters and what they are fighting for rather than just watch a bunch of flips. Secondly, these characters are rookies. Rey and Fin have never used lightsabers before. Ren was completely toying with Finn and with Rey not only was he wounded, but he also hasn’t completed his training. It would have been insulting for the movie to have us believe the characters could… Read more »
TiagoSalviatti
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I personally don’t hate the prequels as much as other fans. Sure, they are not great (far from it Lucas surely is a bad director and even great actors such as Liam Neeson give wooden performances), but they serve somewhat of a purpose, to explain the bigger notion of the Empire and its rise – and as such with the an allegory to the Roman Empire’s rise, such as the fall of Ceasar and so on. So I don’t feel as other fans that think this movie is the salvation to the franchise and all. It’s good but nothing extraordinary… Read more »
monsterfurby
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I agree somewhat. Unlike the prequels, this movie feels small. It’s fun, sure, but everything that happens feels extremely meaningless. The prequels are the other way around – they feel too big for their own good, but they’re not fun (except maybe ironically). The directors/producers/writers missed the mark equally in both cases. I don’t like the way Abrams tends to “dumb down” plots and what it means for the future of Star Wars.

ShonenHiro
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I’m getting extremely tired of people flat out lying to try to bash on the prequels. The Force Awakens used CG, they were not real ships and real monsters. That is the dumbest thing I’ve heard anyone say about it yet. They didn’t look at all like practical effects. Force Awakens used MORE ADVANCED CG, but if you want to try to tell me that you like Force Awakens because it used real effects but one of the bad things about the prequels was the use of CG, then you’re just lying.

ShonenHiro
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This is now the second time I’ve heard someone compare something to Miyazaki’s work just to try to convince people that it’s good, because it’s not really very much like Miyazaki at all. The introductory scene with Rey was very, very slightly a little bit like Nausicaa, but it was not a lot like her.

Anon Tumahab
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Perhaps, but…that one area where they met with the alien with big lenses…that looked like something out of “Castle in the Sky”, man. Right down to the droid that was outside.

Anon Tumahab
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There are actually people out there who, even to this day, defend the prequels. They even say they liked them. They’ll hate this movie. However, as anyone who has seen Abrams’ Star Trek movies has noticed, Abrams does not care to cater to the fanboys specifically…nor should he. Because fandoms nowadays are whiny little brats who only ever find things to complain about in movies, and there is no movie that can be made that would please them. He’s catering to the “casual Star Wars fan”. People who saw those movies the same way people saw “Ghostbusters” or “The Goonies”… Read more »
monsterfurby
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As I mentioned elsewhere, Abrams caters to the fandom too much, in my opinion. His signature is to take a run-of-the-mill plot template, add tons of CGI, add references to the original work, use as few different settings, characters and as little complicated dialogue as possible, and market it in a huge way. The result is a movie that’s fun to watch once, but that does nothing to sustain the franchise it represents. These films are always competently done, but they are very much the lowest common denominator. They are not epic, they are not clever, they are not ground-breaking.… Read more »
Edster
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Agree completely with this. I didn’t hate the film, but apart from John Boyega’s character and his story we didn’t see much new to this universe that we haven’t seen before in some similar form. It’s the sort of film you can take your kids to without having to explain to them why Star Wars isn’t boring, (I.E. Prequels) but not one you’ll really want to watch again too many times; it’s not got the “re-watchability” factor that say an Edgar Wright film like Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz has. To be honest the first JJ Abrams film… Read more »
ZeroNeonix
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George Lucas himself described the relationship between the first two trilogies is like poetry in that they rhyme. The similarities were intentional. They were meant to mirror each other. I had a feeling that the new movies would do the same, but how do you add to a mirror? A mirror of a mirror?

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