I hope they bring back a young Palpatine clone.
Official: STAR WARS THREAD. These are the droids you're looking for. **WARNING MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!** - Page 113
3D is usually a negative for films IMO (except for Life of Pi, where it was magical). Same magic, here. 2D good, but the space scenes have real grandeur in 3D. Beautifully done.
Finally got my fill after viewing number three, but pre ordering on iTunes. Sure, it's derivative as hell, but who cares. Brilliant stuff. And compared to the last three -- miserable, ugly turgid pieces of crap, all three -- a masterpiece.
Yeah, Timothy Zahn's trilogy (AKA the Thrawn Trilogy, AKA Heir to the Empire trilogy) is the one to read if you haven't read any before. These were the books that really started the explosion of the EU, and the writing quality is much higher than most.
Set about 5 years after ROTJ (so you don't have full grown children born after ROTJ wandering around) and contains several excellent characters.
Before the Disney sale, everyone was hoping and praying that if Lucas ever decided to make the final 3 movies, he would just use the Thrawn trilogy story instead of trying to write his own shit.
Harmy should finish his ROTJ at some point. That's almost as good as a non-SE blu-ray.
Looks liek there is a 2.0 workprint out for ROTJ which will hopefully be finalized soon.
I just watched them, but I might consider watching ROTJ again just to get that awful CGI in the first act out of my mind.
This isn't to say that it's not an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. If you're among the millions who plainly have done so, bless your heart. The issue, however, is whether "The Force Awakens" even deserves to be considered as a movie, because it's not. It's the anchoring element of a vast commercial program, painstakingly factory-made for maximal audience appeal, which means maximal inoffensiveness. The result tells us a lot about the state of entertainment today, and about the future of Hollywood.
I mean seriously...who questions whether or not a movie is actually a movie?
Counter with: https://medium.com/@headfoot/shut-your-gripe-hole-the-force-awakens-is-great-42a00c66db7d#.bvjzrlvd5
Like I can totally understand that some people won't like it...but come on. The way some of the anti-Force Awakens articles are written, you'd think this was actually some sort of garbage movie with unbearable acting, cheesy effects, and writing as bad as Battlefield Earth.
It is a pulpy film for the masses who loved the original trilogy--and it is a lot of fun. The effects are great, the acting is good, and it mostly stays true to the qualities of the OT (which we all love, but I wouldn't call them masterpieces of writing, acting, or directing on their own).
I was more excited by the prospect of Rogue One before seeing TFA, now I kinda feel like I've had enough of death stars and plans stashed on droids. Although I suppose at least we know the final act of Rogue One can't involve them attacking a death star... right?
I've also just watched Brick and re-watched Looper to get an idea of what we are in for with Rian Johnson directing Episode VIII. I think the signs are promising. Interesting that the Vox article Ataturk posted also felt this way (in spite of criticizing TFA). Brick is fantastic for a first film on a low budget. Its basically an old school film noir but set in a modern high school (but feels nothing like any 'high school movie' you've ever seen). Looper is a fun movie and pretty good by blockbuster standards. There's a whole lot of people using telekinesis in Looper which I'd forgotten about. Between that, and the plotline involving the little kid who has the potential to grow up good / or be the evil 'Rainmaker' in the future, and you can see why he made sense to direct a Star Wars movie.
Lucas tried too hard with the prequels. He had some big ideas beyond, "hey look at this cool stuff that will make great toys" (e.g. corruption of a small-r republican government). He just didn't execute them very well.
TFA almost crossed the line to pure pandering. I'm hoping they tone that back in Ep VIII.