A review of “The Force Awakens” that tries to be as non-spoiler-y as possible.

I have to admit something to you all, first, before I get this review underway. I am a bad fan.

And I don’t mean of Star Wars. I mean in general. Lots of Franchises I come in late too, miss episodes, don’t know lore verbatim.

Some of that is access. Does the channel always play reruns? Could we afford cable or comics?  Do I have a good enough memory to remember all that I witness/experience  or ability to find all the little pieces hidden away? Did someone challenge or change how I dealt with the franchise because of their feelings towards it?

The last one really hits me with Star Wars.  I just seemed like someone else’s thing. Something that I wasn’t a part of. I like things, I disliked things, and respected it because it did have an impact in both positive and negative fashions in pop culture.

Yet, there was something about this movie.

The best comparison I have is the Avengers (please don’t beat me up and let me explain). I didn’t know all the lore, read every comic about every hero in the Avengers. But there was hype, there were separate egos that were going to clash, and with more drama than an episode of “Desperate house wives” or the cartoon “Totally Spies,” I had an exact idea of what I wanted Avengers to be. And what was Avengers?  A bunch of ego maniacal, self righteous/self important (hero and villains a like) wind bags trading blows and one liners with explosions. It was funny, the characters worked off each other, action was good, and I got EXACTLY what I wanted from it.

And that’s how this ties into Star Wars. The Hype was different, how much I knew (though I DID know a lot for someone who is quite outside the fandom/franchise) and what I knew was different. But that’s just it. People may disagree with me on this, but:

This is, for fans and non fans a like, is the Star Wars movie to see.  It delivers on what it promises, big time.

Some fans have critiqued it as just Recycling the old movies, and the have a fair point. This movie has a tie in to pretty much every movie that predates it, elements that will stick out to those who have seen any of the previous movies. And as much as that can be a draw back, I feel it addresses fans issues with the prequels: they seemed much more Star Wars in name than in story or lay outs.

But it does truly have something new to offer. It continues and fleshes out narratives that we wanted to see. It gives us the old, but it’s not without changes, turns. Some that, may in fact, be vary uncomfortable. Toy Story 3 gives a narrative that is targeted at fans who grew up with those movies, and those people seeing a shift in their world views and Identities. The Force Awakens shows the same, both metaphorically and realistically, time has moved forward in the Star Wars universe, in a way that can make a lot of sense, whether it is good or bad.

It was weird to me to see the ONE movie Lucas was so far removed from did a better (not perfect, but better) job of dealing with two central themes of the Prequels: Adolescence and ones embracing and embodying ones personal evils (“The Dark Side”).

Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes the movie drags, and even though they tried to make it less campy by being more practical than CGI, it sometimes can’t remove the camp element (Some times the storm troopers looked like Power Rangers, and if you don’t know who they are, Google them to see what I mean).  Some times it will seem a little goofy or a little dragged on.

But I haven’t had such real connections with a movie in a while. And not just emotional ones. Sometimes it’s as simple as I feel like I am walking with the character, that I am not only observing their world, but a part of it. Especially in the last scenes. I felt a lot less like that I was watching someone on a journey, rather than taking one myself.

And that’s the thing. Part of me me wants to give this movie just a solid 3/5 just because it’s that: A solid movie. It stands out, flows well (for the most part) and just seemed well put together.

And then there is another part of me, and it feels like I didn’t watch a movie. It just, it made me melancholy, yet full of hope.  Furious at things that transpired or should have been avoided, but ecstatic as to what was to come.

This wasn’t what the prequels were for me. It wasn’t “just entertainment.” It was what Star Wars was supposed to be. It’s a space opera. Dramatized, definitely. Unrealistic? No doubt. But its  a story, a tale, a legend. A mythos in it’s own right, even if you don’t know the background lore. It was a story. An actual, factual, story. A beginning, a middle, an end, put well together that connects you to the elements of someone  else’s imagination.

When you read a book, you watch the story be told. It unfolds for you, over time. It’s not forcing you to believe certain things (at least not out right). It’s showing you what happened, rather than telling it. It’s telling the story to you, who these people were. What they believed. What they did. And it does it such a way I don’t think you haven to even really like the concept of Star Wars to appreciate it.

Old friends come back, new people come in, friends leave, enemies are made.  And I think THOSE elements are what make it accessible to diverse people, and not just the Star Wars fans.

And With that, I would recommend at least checking it out.

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Review Comic: 2

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Say what you will about this movie. Some parts of it I liked, some I didn’t.  But I was super confused as to what the hell this thing was trying to be. At some moments I felt I was watching the 1960’s  cartoon. It was that cheesy, that campy. At other moments I felt like it was the 90’s cartoon. Other times it was like “Spectacular Spider-man,” other times “Ultimate.”  Other times I thought I was watching “Twilight” meets “Spider-man 3” meets “Dare Devil” meets  “The fault in our [motherfucking] stars.” I am not saying that it tried to hard to be too many things, to too many different types of fans. I literally mean it did not seem like the same movie from scene to scene/ beat to beat/ act to act. It was like people edited footage of six different movies and posted them together. And can someone please tell me why there is even a point to this reboot (other than money) if we are going to pull the “too many villains not properly developed and all kinda rushed in an awkward way crap from Spider-man 3 all over again?” 

Seriously. You cannot convince me at all (considering how little the Rhino was in the movie) that “The Amazing Spider-man 3” can successfully put the entire sinister 6 in a movie, AND Felicia Hardy. And  what about Norman? Is he dead? Or does he become the Goblin after something happens to Hairy? Because then it’s a movie about a group of six villains. Black cat. AND Norman as Green Goblin. Even if it doesn’t have all that, It’s seems to be shaping up to be “Spider-man 3.” Only it is going to be worse, and then we will not hate ourselves for buying tickets to its two predecessors. Oh no. This one will make us hate buying tickets to all five previous movies.

I hate being the crotchety, cynical, nerd, but It’s going to take a lot to convince me “The Amazing Spider-man 3” won’t be the movie that  haunts my nightmares due to ineptitude. Even with the things I liked about  this one.

 

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Review comic: Number 1

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(Warning for language below)

So this is my first review comic! The idea was to make the initial premise of this comic and make it suck les-

Angry Mustachio

 

 

Not all my review comics are going to be full on reviews, but lumped into my review comics  anyway. I will normally try to vent frustration, praise, or my neutral opinions of things in the main comic (Be the Best (You can be)). However sometimes these things are Company/product/artist Specific. When this is the case, and I can’t avoid name dropping, these parody/ review comics serve to be a release on those valves.

For example: I think many artists/content creators are worried about originality  and authenticity when they make their art. They may want to reference what is already out their, but want to create something that’s their own. How do we balance this? Well, if any show has established a unique balance, it’s the show of good ol’ Doctor.

Some may argue that the show created some of the tropes because it has been around for so long.  Time travel, space travel, robots, heroes, reincarnation, weird devices, evil things. Some of these existed before the show began, and even the tropes they did “create,” have evolved into something unique that differs from when the show originally started. In fact, I found it was hard to watch because it was to original. It was so different, so unique, and such a fucking space case show on drugs that my brain hurted too much after I watched it. And it manages that kind of reaction for a new viewer (Me) after being around for ever. 

It may be trope-y, but I would still argue it reinvented the wheel.

No, it STILL does.

 

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