I'm definitely a fan of the prequel trilogy -- it's obviously very different from the original trilogy, but that's good, because it deals with a different era. I'd have liked something similar for the sequel trilogy, rather than an attempt to redo the original trilogy.Havard wrote: Sorry you didn't like the movie GP, although when I read at the bottom that you like Jar-Jar, I had to rethink your entire post
(I don't mind Jar-Jar that much myself. My issues with the prequels are mainly about Anakin, and overall movie making).
I certainly prefer Anakin to Kylo as a character. That said, it is difficult to compare the two, because Anakin is the Chosen, and the amount of pressure he gets in return is unparalleled. Also, he turns to the Dark Side for a good reason -- albeit with horribly bad results. In comparison, Kylo is merely a spoiled kid with superpowers...I agree with most of your criticism, but overall those things don't bother me too much. I guess one thing we disagree on are Kylo Ren and Poe Dameron. As mentioned I like all of the new characters and with Kylo Ren, I actually find that this is where the story does take a turn for originality. I like that Kylo isn't Darth Vader, like the trailers lead us to believe, but something closer to what Anakin should have been. The Dark Side clearly has a hold on him, though his path to the dark side is a bit different as it is the false connection to his grandfather that is pulling him onto the Dark Side.
Finn doesn't strike me as having any resemblance with Luke. He's certainly a lot more Han (reluctant hero, permanently wide-eyed, a bit of a scoundrel, Leia-equivalent's love interest; you'll note that in the EU, Han is an orphan and a former member of the Imperial military as well), without the piloting skills. He does get a Luke scene in the escape sequence on the TIE. Beyond his ability to fight with a lightsaber, which IMO is a sign of inflation in Episode VII (like the uber-death-star, etc), he's the character that is executed best. Also, the actor is convincing.I have already tackled the old cast, but here is how I see the new characters:
Rey: Fringer Luke, Jedi Luke and Leia (i.e. strong female character, independent).
Poe: Rebel Pilot Luke, Han Solo ("best pilot in the...", brash attitude)
Finn: Goofy young Luke, Reluctant Hero (Han Solo)
I rather like these parallells though. Seeing some recognizable things while at the same time not being carbon copies of the originals is something that I appreciate.
Poe seems more Wedge, as David said, with Han Solo/Lando Calrissian attitude. He gets Lando's role in the attack (which is modeled over the second Death Star, not the first).
In my case, this would not be a problem if it wasn't compound with the more general reboot issue.
I don't mind it either way. I find the amount of friendship displayed in Episode VII by people who actually just met to be unlikely, and didn't miss it in the prequels.One thing I really like about Episode VII is the sense of the beginning of a strong friendship between these characters. This is something I feel is important to Star Wars, and that really never was shown in the prequels.
I think I'll go back to watch the prequel trilogy yet another timeOverall, I don't think it was a perfect movie, and the criticisms I have are similar to yours, but because they bothered me alot less, I still ended up loving this movie, even more so after watching it a second time