I loved the new characters – and the movie spends a lot of time setting up the new characters. Daisy Ridley and John Boyega are both terrific. But of course, I also loved what we saw of the original characters.
The movie has some fun parallels to the original 1977 movie, which was released as just “Star Wars” and is now known as “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.” Some critics (even some with generally positive reviews) have dismissed this as pandering or fan service, saying the new movie hews too close to the original. But I don’t think so. I thought it was all presented in fresh and unexpected new ways. I thought there was just enough homage but that things were well set up to go in new directions as we move forward. Unlike the prequels, in which the fates of Obi-Wan and Anakin were already known to us and loomed over everything, this movie opens up infinite storytelling possibilities.
Because of the way this one ended, I’m glad the next movie is due in the summer of 2017 – only a year and a half, and not the three years we had to wait between segments of the original trilogy. (Summer 2017 will also be the 40th anniversary of “A New Hope.”)
It’s a great movie. See it sooner rather than later, before someone really does spoil it for you.
In the days before the Internet, before even “Spaceballs,” there was … “Hardware Wars.”
I don’t know what made me think of “Hardware Wars” this morning, but I did — and, of course, it’s on YouTube, along with everything else.
I hesitate to even try to post this, because I suspect it won’t be on YouTube very long, but my co-worker Brian posted a link to it in the comments of a previous post and I didn’t want you to miss it. It’s from one of the most notorious — and never re-aired — Christmas specials of all time. UPDATE: Actually, it looks like it’s been on YouTube for a year now. Go figure.
I called my West Coast brother today to wish him a happy birthday. I mentioned that even though I’m not a big “Family Guy” fan, I would probably watch their “Star Wars” special tonight. My brother’s response was that he wouldn’t watch “Family Guy” if they were doing a parody of his own family.
Actually, though, the special is great — and I’m not, as I say, a big “Family Guy” fan. It’s a scene-for-scene parody of the original 1977 movie, with some surprisingly detailed animation of the space battles. In some ways, it’s even funnier than the very funny “Robot Chicken” “Star Wars” parody from earlier in the year.