How to FIX The Force Awakens

Ok. Allow me to start this article off by saying—I LOVED THE FORCE AWAKENS.

I thought it was fun, fresh and a worthy addition to the Star Wars canon.
I think it pays respect to the established world and characters while introducing and effortlessly handing over the franchise reigns to new characters.
The things that work REALLY well in the Force Awakens are the characters- their arcs, their development their interactions with each other, it’s all really really good cinema.  You believe their comradery, you root for their causes and want to see them succeed.

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Revenge of the Sith: Everything You Want Out of a Star Wars Movie

I’m going to go on record here and say that Revenge of the Sith is the second best Star Wars movie, right behind Empire Strikes Back which, as I’ll explore in a post tomorrow, is one of the best films of all time. But to those who would immediately protest, I’ll get this out of the way early: yes, Hayden Christensen is still pretty rough as Anakin Skywalker.

Everything else in the film is a vast improvement over the previous prequels and much of it is more exciting and more impactful than what is found in the original trilogy.

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Rewatching A New Hope: There May Never Be Another Star Wars Movie Quite Like It

I sat down with a friend recently and started watching A New Hope for the first time in, oh, about five years, I’d say. She had never seen any of the Star Wars films, and I had asked her which she preferred: original trilogy or classic trilogy first? As many Star Wars fans know, this is a crucial question. Watch the OT first and you get the surprise that Vader is Luke’s father. Watch the prequels first and your expectations for the rest of the series will include lots of CGI and Jedi who jump around and are superheroes, for all intents and purposes. I gave her the choice and she went with OT first. (Somewhere, I’m sure a lot of Star Wars fans are nodding in approval, but I really wouldn’t have minded starting with either trilogy.)

The movie starts as everyone remembers it: the text crawl, the Tantive IV, the Star Destroyer in pursuit. Vader is introduced. I’m really excited at this point. I even keep looking over at my friend, knowing she can’t possibly be as excited about Darth Vader as I am, but I want to check anyway. Then the droids go to Tatooine. We meet Luke. We see Jawas and Tusken Raiders and old Ben Kenobi. Aaaaaaaand my friend is asleep.

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