Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

Star Wars With a Side of Gravy

I finally went to see "Star Wars VII" yesterday. Don't worry. No spoilers. My overall impression was that it was a plate of meat loaf, mashed potatoes, and corn. It was comfort food. I salute J J Abrams for dancing on the tightrope of staying true to canon and yet bringing in something new. The problem I saw was that it was all a bit too familiar. The space battles were exciting, but I had seen them before. The planet-destroying weapon was nice, but I have seen 2 Death Stars before. Oh! Here's a cute little beeping droid. Just like R2-D2. You would also think that The Empire would beef up security a little more. Oh look! Here's a chink in the impenetrable armor! You mean like the one on the moon of Endor? How about a bar full of quirky aliens? Got it. Thank doG there was was no Jar Jar! Wait. Is that bar owner talking with a Jamaican accent?

Perhaps "Star Wars" as a whole is something we haven't seen before. What movie franchise has lived on for so long except for perhaps the James Bond series? What movie was enjoyed as a child that could now be enjoyed as a parent or grandparent and also spark the imagination of a current child? There's just nothing like it in the past. Perhaps if they had re-made "The Wizard of Oz" when I was a child with new adventures of Dorothy in Oz ("The Wiz" doesn't count).
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