Star Wars VIII Spoilers
12-16-2017, 08:23 AM,
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Star Wars VIII Spoilers
who wants to dish?
12-23-2017, 12:58 PM,
Post: #2
RE: Star Wars VIII Spoilers
Luke Skywalker died! Gollum got sliced in two!

In no particular order, I think Last Jedi, Empire, and Rogue One are my top 3 now.
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12-23-2017, 10:33 PM,
Post: #3
RE: Star Wars VIII Spoilers
Really? That's high praise. I loved it, I thought it was great to watch, and I want to see it again. I thought it was beautiful. Driver is amazing. I was completely entertained the entire time. But there's a lot I could have done without. I ignore most of those quibbles, but still.

I liked Rogue One too, but when I watched a second time, I felt impatient. I think that's my issue with the Star Wars movies. I was raised on the original trilogy, and I don't think any of the new movies are going to compete with my childhood memories, so in my mind, everything other than the originals are second best. I suppose if were able to look at them more objectively, I'd put VIII higher on the list.

Still, it was freaking awesome.

I can accept the weird sub plots. I can accept the very strange plot device with the fleet. I don't want to, but I can. I would have preferred that the First Order had been tracking the actual tracking device Leia was wearing -- and also Rey's making it a particularly dire circumstance for the Rebellion. Our heroes could still have their subplot to sneak onto Snoke's ship, disable the tracking device and effortlessly defeat Phasma.

I struggle with Phasma too. What's the point, honestly? She's got bad ass shiny armor, but she just sucks. Her armor deflects the blasters that put giant holes in stone walls, but yet is somehow vulnerable to a cattle prod. I don't know what Phasma is supposed to be other than a disappointment.

I have a hard time with some of the CGI. The Porgs looked fake. As a result, instead of chuckling at their antics, I wondered how these things fly. And I don't know why they animated Yoda that way. I know he's going to be CGI, using CGI to make something seem like a more primitive tech is contrary to my expectations. I bring it up because the quirky CGI snapped me out of the movie and made me think about real world considerations. I start thinking about the meeting between staff at Disney when they agreed the wireframes were satisfactory. I wonder who was in the room, if they're new or if they just thought it was good enough. And then I start to question what's on screen. Like Yoda's dialog. "Page turners, they were not" doesn't feel like Yoda, and it made me wonder why they're taking a cheap shot at religious texts.

But I thought Benecio's character was fun, I laughed at the phone call to Hux, I was riveted by Adam Driver, and the color palette is fantastic. I enjoyed the twists in the plot, and I'll watch it again.
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12-23-2017, 11:47 PM,
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RE: Star Wars VIII Spoilers
I think Phasma was an excellent plot device to mature Finn from the guy trying to run away into the true rebel at the end. Other than that, I think her main purpose was to strut and look badass.

I will probably see it again as well.

And you're right, the color palette was fantastic.
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12-23-2017, 11:49 PM,
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RE: Star Wars VIII Spoilers
I think Driver made the transition from fence-sitting to true baddy very believable.
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01-02-2018, 12:30 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-02-2018, 01:34 PM by Gippy.)
Post: #6
RE: Star Wars VIII Spoilers
Where it was good it made me giddy. Where it was bad I really was sad about their decisions.

It was too long and scattered. And thematically very heavy handed. It felt to me like how Lucas screwed up the prequels. I liked it. I like where they’re taking the story. But it was all just too much. I like Finn but his story felt like a bolt on. Fuck that casino scene. They didn’t need Benicio at all. They didn’t need Yoda either, though it does fit nicely with the way the dead Jedi help the living.

That’s all for now. On the train home after seeing it. I don’t think it has fully gelled yet.

But Luke staring down the imperial walkers made me tinkle my pants a little.
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01-02-2018, 01:39 PM,
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RE: Star Wars VIII Spoilers
I also thought the movie was too long. And too many sub plots. I actually found myself getting annoyed with how quickly the movie bounced from one story/scene to the next. I hoped it would focus more closely on Rey and Luke, her reason for finding him, his reason for hiding from the world, the relationship they build that helps Luke come to the decision to join the fight again. I realize Finn needed a story, too, but it was cluttered with nonsense. Ultimately, I wish the film could have been more simple. Instead, much of it seemed like the director felt an obligation to touch every corner of the Star Wars universe.
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01-02-2018, 01:49 PM,
Post: #8
RE: Star Wars VIII Spoilers
I haven't watched it yet, and the only spoilers I've really seen was that Kylo apparently swallowed a barrel.
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01-16-2018, 10:50 AM, (This post was last modified: 01-16-2018, 10:51 AM by Gippy.)
Post: #9
RE: Star Wars VIII Spoilers
This article was able to articulate how I feel about it and what I wasn’t able to fit together on my own.
https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/1/12/16...-its-nerve
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