December 14, 2017 at 8:42 pm #1202440693This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.December 14, 2017 at 9:22 pm #1202440698
Waiting for the first numbers to come rolling in. Deadline and Gitesh Pandya of Boxoffice Guru are your go-to places for near real-time info. These are the records TLJ is taking dead aim at. Force Awakens holds most of these:
Midnight screenings: $44m, Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows 2 (2015)
Friday/single day: $119.1m
Saturday: $69.6m, Jurassic World (2015)
Global weekend: $542m, Fate of the Furious (2017)
Overseas weekend: $443.1m, Fate of the FuriousDecember 14, 2017 at 9:43 pm #1202440700
I don’t think this comes too close to the force awakens box office numbers. I’m super excited to see it tomorrow, I’m anticipating it’ll be in my top ten of the year after I see everything so hopefully my expectations aren’t too high.
#FreeTheBannedFourDecember 14, 2017 at 10:25 pm #1202440713
OK, I’ve been waiting for a thread to start up for days. I saw this a couple of days ago and the critical support seems a little overrated. I would rate this fourth in the whole series, which isn’t too bad. I enjoyed The Force Awakens a lot more and while that one was a ripoff of A New Hope, it fixed the problems of the original so as not to make the same mistakes. This had some absolutely iconic moments in it and it was a visual feast. Surprisingly this film is more simplistic, reminding me of Fury Road’s very simple plot of a car chase, the entire film is an evacuation and takes place literally a minute after The Force Awakens ends. There are more character deaths than you would think, and SPOILERleiaSPOILERdoesn’tSPOILERdieSPOILER. The problem with this is that nothing of note happens; characters die and that’s it. It was interesting to see them downsize the plot to make it less convoluted, but it happens at the expense of anything major happening. Thankfully it gets me excited for the final film.
B+December 14, 2017 at 11:32 pm #1202440722
I will just say that people who still use that gif of my girl Marion “dying” in the last Nolan Batman film now have a reason to retire it.December 14, 2017 at 11:56 pm #1202440748
For those who have seen it, if this doesn’t win best visual effects for that one breathtaking moment there is no justice.
“Someone is staring at you in ‘Personal Growth’.”December 15, 2017 at 12:40 am #1202440776This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.December 15, 2017 at 1:01 am #1202440780This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.December 15, 2017 at 6:06 am #1202440982
Ah I loved it! I don’t know if i’m crazy, but Kylo Ben Ren Solo is my favorite character and I find his story arc to be so captivating. He’s a villain, but he has those moments where you expect him to turn or when he shows he’s not a monster.
Awards-wise, this deserves nominations for Visual Effects, Score, Sound, Production Design, Costumes, Hair/Makeup, and Cinematography. All of which are such a high caliber and deserve recognition. I feel we are in an age though where blockbusters are immediately discredited in a lot of these categories in favor of “period pieces,” so I’m not holding my breath on it.
Also, can we talk about how Mark Hamill’s acting has improved greatly since the originals? I was real worried when I discovered he would be more than just a cameo, but he really came through in this. Laura Dern was also a nice touch.
Definitely a lot of iconic moments and I will eagerly be waiting for Episode IX.
Will be back with more plot discussion once the movie has been out a little longer…December 15, 2017 at 6:54 am #1202441026
My jaw is still on the floor. AMAZING. I don’t want to put any spoilers but will say this: Carrie Fisher was incredible (as was the rest of the cast) and I am in awe of Mark Hamil and Daisy Ridley in this too. Only minor minor complaint I had was that I wanted more Chewbaca and Rey interaction. I like that friendship. My grade: A+December 15, 2017 at 9:42 am #1202441207This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.December 15, 2017 at 11:20 am #1202441261
Well, I didn’t like it as much as I did ROGUE ONE (2 nods) but much more than I liked FORCE AWAKENS (5 nods) so I’m guessing 3 nods is the max it can hope for:
VISUAL EFFECTS (a lock)
SOUND MIXING (very likely)
SOUND EDITING (no surprise but always a tricky category)
It may pull off a Production Design nod (the franchise has always done well with them) but I’m skeptical. Ditto John Williams’s score, which doesn’t even have a memorable cue like Rey’s theme from Ep7. It’s not bad, but it mostly borrows heavily from the others. Heck, I despised Eps 1 & 2, but they had some masterly music cues (far better than those abysmal films deserved) and didn’t get nods so he will probably be represented by THE POST instead.
As for wins, the movie will make a ton and be embraced (for good reasons), but I still hope the Academy gives some love to the Apes franchise or Blade Runner instead. The film has top-notch artistry but not much from a craft point of view we haven’t seen before.December 15, 2017 at 11:34 am #1202441271
The public REALLY seems to hate this film. 58% on Rotten Tomatoes and 5,3/10 on Metacritic…December 15, 2017 at 4:12 pm #1202441374
Loved it. Best SW film since Empire Strikes Back. One of the year’s best. Which means zero love from the Oscars. In ideal world, noms for Hamill, Ridley, Driver and Fisher, Rian Johnson (directing), and all techs. A little flabby in the middle, but twists galore, people who you think were gonna buy it didn’t. People who you thought were, went out in grand style. I was immensely satisfied with Johnson; had my doubts, but he pulled it off.
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