One of the best things about using a word processor is being able to do clever stuff like this:
The Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
Revenge of the Sith
A New Hope
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
The Force Awakens
Y’see if I wanted to, I could slot a new line between, for example, three and four, and all the other numbers below it would shift down one to make room. You can’t do that with movies unfortunately, which means Rogue One gets a bit of a bum deal; it gets tagged with ‘A Star Wars Story’ like it’s a weird cousin you don’t invite to the same party as your posh guests. This is a shame, because Rogue One deserves to be slotted into the main episode line as it’s one of the best of the lot as far as I’m concerned.
Right, I don’t want to say too much about this one, because I’m a nightmare for dropping accidental spoilers. This is the first movie released since Disney took over the franchise from George Lucas, and I have to say I’m very pleased with the result. I thought the last three movies (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith) were pretty disappointing. The special effects were spectacular, but the heavy use of CGI gave me the impression that I was watching a poorly-scripted cartoon.
The Force Awakens takes us back to the original three movies (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi): less reliance on special effects; a familiar (and better) story, and an element of humour that has been missing from the last few outings. ( Jar Jar Binks was annoying, not funny). The acting isn’t the best (aside from decent performances from Harrison Ford and Adam Driver), there are a couple of holes in the storyline that are no doubt going to raise Jedi-nerd eyebrows, and the whole plot did seem very familiar. But on the whole it’s a great movie that fully deserves the pile of money it’s going to make in film tickets, soundtracks, DVDs, Blue-Ray, special edition DVDs, special edition Blue-Ray…