It’s been a week since I’ve seen the biggest film in the world. So, I figured it was finally time to review it.
Have no fear, it’s spoiler free.
In the past week, I’ve seen a bunch of reactions and criticisms of the film. Some of the worst seem to be from people who were somehow expecting it to have the same impact on them that seeing the original Star Wars for the first time had. Inevitably, that didn’t happen and they’re apparently upset and taking it out on this movie.
Bad news, people: You can’t recapture that feeling. Mainly because you’re not a kid any more. Partly because, well, there is nothing like that first time. That’s kind of what makes it so special.
Remember this: For a ton of people–especially a ton of kids, many of whom are the children of people who’s lives were changed by the original–this is their first time. And The Force Awakens is an infinitely better “first time” film than The Phantom Menace (or any of the other prequels) was.
Is it perfect? Nope. But neither was the original.
Is it full of surprises? Nope, not for people who’ve been soaking in movies and scifi for their entire lives. But neither was the original. In fact, the most surprising thing about the original was that it was a success at all. (And the big surprises in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi? Those were surprises to George Lucas, too… at least the George Lucas who created the first film.)
This movie has broken all sorts of records and it deserves all the accolades it gets. Most of the criticism I’ve heard so far, though, seems based on ridiculous expectations and the nostalgia-inflated “betterness” of the original trilogy.
So… that’s all the negative stuff right there. Go watch today’s vlog to listen to me talk about why this movie is different from the original and good in its own right.