Avatar 2: The Way of Water in Entertainment Posted January 31, 2023 7 hours ago, polishgenius said: https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/star-wars-force-awakens-review/ What they said, Quote Sometimes, too, the adherence to Star Wars past grates. Parts of the first half hour feel like a remix, from the plans hidden in a small, feisty droid to the rescue of a tortured but still witty prisoner from an evil authoritarian regime. It’s all beautifully crafted, just a little too deferential to what has gone before. But then the new characters take shape and new elements emerge. By the end, this finds fresh ingredients to add to the Star Wars formula, strengthening and deepening it. The prequels this ain’t. We can all breathe again. Huh, "a little too deferential". How about that? 7 hours ago, polishgenius said: https://www.gamesradar.com/total-film-star-wars-force-awakens-review/ What they said, Quote And if Episode 7 is almost too slavishly reverential, it’s every sub-plot mirroring or reversing those that have gone before, and its nods and winks so plentiful as to border on the distracting, it is better this than to repeat Lucas’ prequel mistakes. Hmm, "border on distracting"... At least we don't have to deal with that "Lucas" fella. 7 hours ago, polishgenius said: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/star-wars-episode-vii---the-force-awakens-2015 What they said, Quote Lucas' prequels balanced light with gathering darkness, and rhymed scenes, situations and shots with the original trilogy's, to create a sense of history repeating and inverting itself. Abrams and company have done something similar in “The Force Awakens,” but at the level of characterization and scene-building. This is a subtler way to revise (or recycle) elements in a popular franchise while finding something new in them, and it explains why this film feels more fully realized than any "Star Wars" movie since "The Empire Strikes Back"—it's certainly warmer than the prequels, which often failed at characterization and plot even as they served up intricate sequences and haunting images. Tsk. That Lucas guy agin. 7 hours ago, polishgenius said: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/18/movies/star-wars-the-force-awakens-review.html What they said, Quote - Paywall. Don't know what they said. What I said, Quote Is it derivative? Holy shit, yes. Forget about the fact that it isn't an original IP, in terms of character and story beats, it's a close as you could get to a remake of SW:ANH without actually calling it a "remake". See the difference? Think I'm being too harsh? I can go to the video evidence if you like. And is it churlish of me to mention that none of those reviews use the dreaded "D-word"? To recap, as I scan the comments on this thread, it's been implied that, I'm conspiratorial, I have a "chip on my shoulder", I just haven't been paying attention, I'm a thirsty horse, and that I think people who disagree with me are shitty at their jobs. Well, that last part might be kind of true. If I decide to respond further it'll have to be tomorrow because its been a long day and you fine people only get so much of my time.