Seen it twice in three days now (kind of by accident). First in 2D, second in 3D IMAX because my date wanted to. Surprise surprise, 3D did nothing for the film. Made some of the ships seem smaller than in 2D and Kylo/Darth's helmets were larger than life which was weird as all get out.
No other film franchise could re-tell the same story three times in four movies and get away with it.
I appreciate Mouse fighting the good fight being the film's apologist but that review you just posted was patently absurd. I don't know how having a team of X-Wing fighters blow up a spherical space ship is fundamentally different than Ep IV or VI. Oh, wait, this one's bigger but needs fewer fighters and less time to destroy? And the Dark Side hasn't learned from two other times how to prevent its giant ships being blown up by the same armada? And they are supposed to be feared? OK. Hell, they even recycle (pun intended) multiple tropes about garbage systems. I mean, it was entertaining enough and it was fun but come on, that's pure mimicry and unoriginality. If you like it, you like it but there's no other way to describe what's happened if you are free from the fandom-colored glasses.
What was the point of Kylo's mask if he can just take it off at will and suffers no ill effects sans headgear? It's a small point in the overall plot but the mask, the voice, all of it contributed to a very dramatic, lasting image of the film and... it was all useless. Also, why were there seemingly no Knights in his order?
Poe's return was a little cockamamie but I suppose considering how far away Finn was and not being part of the movement it isn't totally implausible that the former was rescued without the the latter or something, anything.
What happened to Phasma? There's no mention of her death/being tied up/anything at all. So they capture the head of the stormtroopers and just leave her in a room and she doesn't alert anyone, she can't immediately shoot them in the back... nothing? OK.
Maz Canada was a great reference to Sergio Mendes. A little upset that my dad had to point that out to me.
Overall this certainly was not a great film. It's the fourth-best SW and decent overall. Certainly fun, captured the spirit that made the real trilogy great and felt like a Star Wars film, even before the old gang came into picture.
Originally Posted by Jr Mouse
I honestly don't understand why some of you are getting hung up on this and seem to want plot spoon fed to you visually without being able to go with the fact that it happened off screen.
I think you're missing the complaints. A willing suspension of disbelief is as old as theater. We're willing to accept a line or two to keep things moving and not get bogged down in boredom/uselessness. However, with TFA there's more of a death-by-a-thousand-cuts scenario where the writers were just lazy or wanted to spend more time on cheap battle scenes than giving characters or moments more depth. Again, the battles were fun, they all contributed to a decent movie. But there are too many at best shortcuts or at worst times where the writers just didn't care that you start to have a major weakness in the film.