Although I’m not a Star Wars fan, this was the movie I was most interested in watching on my flight to Korea. It’s probably as close to a must-watch movie as there is nowadays. The good thing about not being a Star Wars fan is that it’s easy to avoid spoilers or knowing too much about the movie – the only thing I knew were the protagonists (thanks to some battery commercials on TV) and some mentions on my Facebook feed that it was like A New Hope.
I think the comparisons are pretty apt, the theme and basic plot line is the same thing. One way to think about it is that it is a reboot of the franchise for this generation in addition to being a continuation of the series for old timers. You don’t mess with a formula that works but existing fans will still enjoy it (while reboots like Batman were interesting, Spider-Man was not).
I was a bit surprised at home dumbed down the dialogue and characters were at the beginning. Even though they are probably in their 20s, they acted like kids less than 10. Maybe that was a Disney influence, trying to spawn a generation of young fans. It got better as the action picked up though. I enjoyed watching it but I wasn’t enamoured with the mythos or the universe. There are too many different franchises and the Star Wars universe is just one more. I’m curious to see where the rest of the series goes but this movie by itself rates as a 3 out of 5 stars for me.