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Question for Martina or anyone else who's seen the new movie:  Do you think I'd be better off re-watching at least The Return of the Jedi before going to the theater -- or not?

 

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I wouldn't sweat it. If you can recognize Han, Leia and the core gang on sight and remember what the Force is, you're good :smile:. This is no lore-heavy movie.

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Not sure if we mean the same guy, but if we do, beware, thar be big spoilers in the spoiler tag ahead:

 

 

If you mean Han and Leia's kid, sure is. He's just calling himself Kylo Ren these days.

 

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I wouldn't sweat it. If you can recognize Han, Leia and the core gang on sight and remember what the Force is, you're good :smile:. This is no lore-heavy movie.

 

Oh, that's good!  I had no trouble recognizing everybody from the read-through photo, so I should be fine.  :D

 

Where is that read-through photo, anyhow?  Can't seem to find it on this thread....  :huh:

 

Added:  Well, anyhow, here it is, in case anyone missed seeing it last year.

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I didn't notice BC in it but there's enough hidden faces because of the nature of costumes that anything is possible. The film seemed to have more humor in it than I was expecting at least at the beginning but it was over all very good. I look forward to 8 & 9 when they come along.

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You can block all the spoilers from the net, but no matter how much you try you cannot do anything against a coworker whose first sentence in a discussion about the new episode is a loud: I've heard that ***********************

 

Well. Thank you very much.

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Ben is not in Star Wars.

 

Well, no -there is a Ben in The Force Awakens. Just not sure if we're all talking about the same guy since this is a rather popular name in a galaxy far, far away.

 

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Ben is not in Star Wars.

 

Well, no -there is a Ben in The Force Awakens. Just not sure if we're all talking about the same guy since this is a rather popular name in a galaxy far, far away.

 

 

 

Oh, well if we're just going with any Ben... lol

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Oh, Ben as in actor's name, not character's - well then, they do have a couple according to imdb, like Ben Schwartz, but not the Ben you are looking for. Just threw me for a loop because

 

the fact that there is, indeed, a Ben among the characters (and no, not Kenobi) is a bit of a plot point, so I thought you were referring to that one,

 

and this is really, really hard to talk about without spoilering anything.

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Guess I'll post my comments first, then go back and read everybody's spoilers.

 

Why was the villain wearing sort of a

 

Darth Vader mask?  Wasn't the original sort of a ventilator because Vader had been badly injured?  But here, it seems to be strictly decorative -- some sort of family tradition?

 

 

Anybody care to venture a guess as to who's *really* dead?  Think I'll just wait and see who shows up in the remaining movies!

 

Can't recall ever seeing anyone get such high billing for so little screen time.

 

I'm mostly talking about Luke Skywalker / Mark Hamill (though he'll presumably have a larger role next time).  But I was also disappointed to see Max Von Sydow disappear so quickly -- thought he did a terrific job with what little time he had.

 

 

Did anybody spot Andy Serkis?  I certainly didn't (not till the closing credits, that is).  I'm pretty sure it was a

 

mo-cap performance.

 

Very nicely done, I must say!

 

I'm going to need more time to study the entire cast list.  Bit disappointed to see that Kenny Baker was apparently not actually in the robot suit this time, though he is credited as the R2-D2 consultant.  And what was the name of the tiny, very wise, apparently female character?  I'm curious as to who played her -- and how.

 

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Too lazy to spoiler-tag right now, so I'll just say that Andy Serkins only appeared in a (big) hologram ;). The tiny female is called Maz (reminded me sooo much of Edna Mode) and was played by Lupita Nyong'o of 12 years a slave fame (and while we're at it, the armored captain was Gwendoline Christie, known as Brienne in another franchise), presumably in mo-cap also.

 

My money is on really, really dead. :skull:  And family tradition and/or adoration sounds good to me as a reason.

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Finally a new Star Wars film that actually felt and looked and sounded like Star Wars!

I am just riding the train home from the cinema (have to travel a bit to see movies in English) and am all happy and glowing and content. Wasn't exactly surprised by anything that happened, but had a great time and my little fan heart was placated after the disappointment of the prequels.

I have a hard time with spoiler boxes on my phone, but Carol:

 

I bet the mask is just for effect. I mean, once it was off I lost all respect for him. He's got people to lead and intimidate and his baby - face can't be very helpful there...

 

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Finally a new Star Wars film that actually felt and looked and sounded like Star Wars!

 

I am just riding the train home from the cinema (have to travel a bit to see movies in English) and am all happy and glowing and content. Wasn't exactly surprised by anything that happened, but had a great time and my little fan heart was placated after the disappointment of the prequels.

That's basically the same thing I told my husband, and he agrees.

 

I have a hard time with spoiler boxes on my phone, but Carol:

 

I bet the mask is just for effect. I mean, once it was off I lost all respect for him. He's got people to lead and intimidate and his baby - face can't be very helpful there...

 

Yup, that would be my first guess:

 

He wants to look (and sound) as much like Grandpa as possible, so people will be scared of him.

 

 

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I am a Star Wars hater (don't kill me just yet) and thought I would never catch any of it.

 

But just attended a sponsored movie showing event as plus one begrudgingly, I actually dreaded every minutes leading to it but have to keep my promise.

 

Beside the usual too many noise, too many people to my liking, I actually find it okay. Although it doesn't convert me into a fan, but I think it's quite a big deal that I don't hate it.

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I am a Star Wars hater (don't kill me just yet)

 

Don't worry... I dislike Harry Potter and my enthusiasm for Star Treck is less than lukewarm, yet nobody around here has taken action against me either. :P

 

Glad you had an okay time since you were forced to go. I was wondering how enjoyable the film was for people who had never seen the old trilogy, because, especially during the first half, there was so much nostalgia that my friends and I imagined a checklist of "classic elements" that the writers had to work through before they were allowed to tell a story. (We really liked it, though. We were kind of making fun of ourselves as the kind of fans for whom the checklist had to be created so we wouldn't complain like we had about episode I - III).

 

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... especially during the first half, there was so much nostalgia that my friends and I imagined a checklist of "classic elements" that the writers had to work through before they were allowed to tell a story.

Care to share your list?

 

It occurs to me there was also one element they were not allowed to include until the very end, so that the checklist crowd wouldn't be able to check off everything in the first twenty minutes and then leave.

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I have to say I like seeing Chewbacca,

for a stupid reason: I remember watching BC's impersonation and like it. (Especially with Harisson Ford's reaction).

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It's OK, Van Buren.  I've never been much of a Star Wars person either.  Honestly, the only character I remotely care about is Yoda.   But I'll go see it over the holiday with my mom and husband b/c they want to see it, and I don't want to be clueless about something that is so popular and will be talked about to no end.   But yeah, otherwise don't care.  I'm still counting down to X-Files on Jan. 24th.

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