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Grease: Live!
Grease: Live! (2016)
18 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A spectacle, and a joy to watch.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
19 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

In a film filled with a lot of "Ooh" and "Ahh" moments but without the electricity needed to generate genuine excitement, THE FORCE AWAKENS is without a doubt the dullest roller-coaster ride of emotions I've experienced in the theater this year. At many points in this movie, I found myself checking my phone (which I NEVER do) just to see ponder the sweet release of the credits rolling. Underwhelming. Polarizing. Boring. Blasphemous.

Blasphemous too strong a word? I apologize. I am a fan of the STAR WARS Universe. Have been since I was a four-year-old. Like many others, I tied a blanket around my neck, grabbed a broomstick, and terrorized anyone in my path while A NEW HOPE played in the background on our old VHS player. My loyalty to the franchise continued beyond the original trilogy. I read the novels. Became immersed in the Expanded Universe. Watched the prequels. Loved them, despite the critical backlash (it's incredibly hard to love ATTACK OF THE CLONES unconditionally, let me tell you). And then the announcement of a much anticipated sequel trilogy was announced. JJ Abrams was announced as the first films director in January of 2013. I was elated. All the way up until December 18th.

THE FORCE AWAKENS is by no means an unbearable and awful film. It is visually spectacular, and the chemistry between the new set of actors is beautiful. Even some of the performances are noteworthy. The potential impact of this movie could have been Earth shattering. Potential. An awful word.

The great Japanese film-maker Akira Kurosawa once said:

"With a good script, a good director can produce a masterpiece. With the same script, a mediocre director can produce a passable film. But with a bad script even a good director can't possibly make a good film. For truly cinematic expression, the camera and the microphone must be able to cross both fire and water. The script must be something that has the power to do this."

I think you get the gist of where I'm going with this. Where this film ultimately fails, is indeed in it's script. Scattered and inconsistent, the script for THE FORCE AWAKENS banks on your memory of it's predecessors, and attempts to exploit everyone's supposed weakness: nostalgia. It cheapened the film and made some moments cringe-worthy. There's not much else to say, and if I did say anymore, it's would be in the form of a thesis

Many of my close friends and colleagues, whose opinions I respect, tell me that they walked out the theater feeling refreshed and hopeful for the next film. I agree with the latter sentiment. Save the franchise Rian Johnson (director of LOOPER, BRICK), you're my only hope.