With everyone on the internet singing it’s praises, here are a few problems I noticed with Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens (Spoiler Free)
1. The Pacing:
A little hint: Try to take a few deep breaths before you go into this film because you aren’t given very much time to breathe between each of the quickly paced scenes. The pacing is breakneck and barely gives you time to orientate yourself before moving on to the next action scene. Unlike the prequels, at least this film’s pacing is consistent. Consistently Fast!
2. The Humor:
Speaking of the narrative tone, there is some very jarring and self aware humor in the film. Although every bit of dialogue is said clearly and quickly, even in times they should be whispering, some of the cuts tended to ask the audience not dwell too much on character’s over reaction or joke as it was suppose to be passing reference to the older films.
3. The Low Camera Angels:
Maybe they were trying to make the bad guys all look a lot taller than their actors were because the amount of low, low-wide and low-twisting camera angles might make you feel like you are viewing the film from the perspective of a dog following the characters around… or maybe a droid like R2D2.
4. The Accents:
The original Star Wars films were known for their British accents, the Imperial officers in particular. However, you’re going to question why certain characters who have grown up in certain rough settings or who do certain rough jobs have very specific European accents that don’t really fit their surroundings.
5. The Ass-Pulls:
With most Jedi being trained since they were kids, you might think certain abilities take a long time for a Jedi to learn. Nope, it turns out just hearing the possibility you might be Jedi is enough for you to quickly teach yourself most Jedi trickery with no prior training and this takes suspense away from what could’ve been some good suspenseful scenes. Plus the Millennium Falcon is pretty much indestructible.
6. The Predictability:
This is only a spoiler if you’re watching the film RIGHT NOW and are relatively perceptive. If when your watching this film and you think something is going to happen, it’s probably going to happen. That’s because this film is extremely predictable and your going to think a lot of, “Oh no, that’s going to happen, isn’t it?” and then it will happen.
Anyway, if anyone who reads that thinks any of these are spoilers, you’re wrong because with how vague I was I didn’t reveal any specifics about the plot. And if you didn’t want to know what these problems were, why did are you even reading this?