Star Wars: The Force Awakens

star wars the force awakensShould I preface my review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by saying I’m not the target audience? Or should I be bold and admit I am horrified the biggest blockbuster film of the year tells the same dull story over and over again. Why is Star Wars a phenomenon? I get that the new franchise hearkens back to the beginning – retro Star Wars for a new generation. Although I wonder who’s enjoying these films more – the parents or the kids? My guess it’s young parents loving this new film. Either way it made a huge amount of money – over two billion dollars thanks in no small part to the Disney machine who purchased LucasFilms. The thing about this kind of movie is all the pieces are there except for the script. I don’t understand why that has to be forsaken? What makes money people believe a good story is not a necessary component? Why is that piece allowed to be compromised yet there is a team of animators and digital artists not skimping on any beautiful moment? I’m a story guy. I can’t help it. Star Wars: The Force Awakens resurrects the same old plot lines we’ve seen in every earlier film. Good vs. evil, rescuing someone, being taught by others, finding a hidden strength from within, friendship. I get comfort food. Really I do. I just don’t get Star Wars. Insipid. 2.5 out of 5. Next.

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