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    Senior Member David Vaughn's Avatar
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    While I liked the Leia scene, the scientist in my couldn't take the leap of faith...when a human body is exposed to space, it would run out of air in 15 seconds (if you knew it was coming and could hold your breath). I know its a movie...but....

    Also, the bridge was blown up, but later in the movie they're flying the ship...is there a backup bridge????
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Vaughn View Post
    Also, the bridge was blown up, but later in the movie they're flying the ship...is there a backup bridge????
    The Star Trek TNG Enterprise has a Battle Bridge, so why not. They are just "keeping up with the Picards".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Rainwater View Post
    The Star Trek TNG Enterprise has a Battle Bridge, so why not. They are just "keeping up with the Picards".

    Good point
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    David, I agree with your points but still really liked the film. I didn't see a single second of trailers and had no idea what to expect (other than another Star Wars movie) and was pleasantly surprised. Having thought TFA was a by-the-numbers retread (not bad though, just unoriginal) I LOVED the way Johnson turned so many aspects of what you would have expected on its head.

    Bold moves on his part and so many unexpected things happened. The Snoke showdown was AWESOME. Did not see that coming.

    Agree that the whole casino planet subplot was pointless. Then again, so was the "trapped in the big monster" section of ESB, with the exception that both showed a bond/feelings developing between two characters. But in ESB it felt natural and fun and Ford and Fisher are great actors with great chemistry. Sorry but I think the guy who plays Finn sucks, though I think most people like him? I dunno, not really following the Star Wars world much anymore.

    Driver is fantastic. In TFA he turned in a great performance with almost nothing to work with, script-wise. It was essentially "you're like a whiny teenage Vader, ok? Go!" Here he has lots to work with and crushes it.

    Ridley is kinda flat here, but Hamill is very natural.

    After I saw it and read the mostly stellar reviews, then saw all the fan backlash I kinda get it. Johnson basically dismissed all the expected (and at this point, tired) Star Wars tropes (who are Rey's parents? Nobody, thats who!) But IMO he doesn't owe the fans what they "expect", he owes the whole moviegoing audience a good movie, and he made one. I loved the risks he took, and I have not been so genuinely surprised with a movie in a long time. I took my family and afterwards we all expressed "Wow! That was unexpected."

    TFA was essentially a Star Wars remake, and this is a fresh new film, with original ideas. Loved the new vehicles and new settings. (Salt planet was so cool. Porgs were cute and in it just the right amount, counter to say the Ewoks in RoTJ.)

    I get that people didn't like the humor, but you can blame JJ Abrahams for setting that tone in TFA, and I thought it was much more inappropriate there. I was fine with it, and again, jokey moments like Luke tossing the lightsaber aside were unexpected and welcome.

    However, it was too long by 30m. Either cut the casino crap or end it after the Snoke showdown, which felt like the natural stopping point.

    Overall I was very surprised and very happy (and happy I was surprised) with this one. Oh, and from a tech aspect this movie blows TFA out of the water. Not to mention it feels like a real film and not a workmanlike expensive SyFy movie, which is a bit harsh, but how I felt about TFA. Johnson killed it here, overall.

    Bummer this is not doing so well at the BO, and may make the studio (Kennedy really) not want to take any chances with the next one and end up giving us a RoTJ remake. But this movie made me feel that Star Wars magic again, and after the last two (Rogue one sucked) I am happy about that
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    I didn't hate it by any stretch, but it wasn't a great movie. I had more fun at the new Jumanji movie...that's freaking hilarious!
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