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Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Plus Adverts and upcoming 'I, Tonya'

Timmee  Male  Hampshire 5-Jan-2018 12:19 Message #4708896
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - & I fall asleep

Went to see this with friends whilst staying 'Oop North' in Wigan over New Year.
Oh dear: -

Another succession of clichés we've all seen ad-infinitum and become bored with. One miraculous escape from impossible odds & certain death - followed by another (and another, and another, and another...)
Why do I always allow myself to get talked into attending this annual ritual? Okay, I know why - cos I like my friends and it's a shared bonding experience LOL. Even so - this franchise is getting pretty stale. The only interesting bits were the mind-linked conversations between Rey and Kylo Ren.

Worse than the movie itself: we went into the cinema at the advertised time and had to sit through the adverts. These really are a gross and unwanted assault on the senses (akin what the CIA did to their Al Quada captives in the film 'Zero Dark Thirty.) Considering that you are actually PAYING to see the movie, it seems really unjust that you are also tricked into sitting there whilst the advertisers get to rape your consciousness with their extremely loud 'in your face' attempts at brain-washing.

On the positive side, the new Gary Oldman Churchill looks okay and the upcoming 'I, Tonya' looks very promising. I remember the amazing story of the two ice skaters from the news at the time (check out the youtube trailer). I loved Alison Janney's C. J. character in 'The West Wing' and I loved her trailer trash character in 'Drop Dead Gorgeous'. She looks to be on top form in the role of the foul-mouthed mother in 'I, Tonya'.
Can't wait to see it.
tumbleweed  Male  Gloucestershire 5-Jan-2018 16:46 Message #4708904
The Star wars things have never been my favourites, even the 1st one, which turned into the 4th one, or something.

I will probably watch it at some point in the future though, as I sometimes do that thing where you watch things that have been filmed near where you live or places you know, and there is a tourist place nearby called Puzzlewood, where a couple of years ago, the film crew took over and filmed scenes for the film.

I remember the Tonya thing as well. A trailer trash skater knobling a posh, more gifted skater. That could be a good film.
OnlineMSE  Male  Essex 5-Jan-2018 16:47 Message #4708905
Although of course the advertised start time is the programme start time not the feature film start time and a quick check of the film running time and what time it finishes will reveal how long the adverts and forthcoming feature last.
Still you live and learn.
Timmee  Male  Hampshire 5-Jan-2018 19:49 Message #4708921
Thank You. :-)
JEM95  Female  Oxfordshire 5-Jan-2018 21:22 Message #4708928
Great minds Timmeee.

I went to see The Force Awakens when it first came out at the cinema. I slept all the way through and woke up right at the end!

The force awakens but I didn’t.

Bit of a waste of £9.50 to be honest!!
Aely  Female  Hampshire 6-Jan-2018 22:35 Message #4708983
I remember the days when one got 2 movies for the money and limited ads in the interval, just time to go to the loo or get an ice cream. I have never been a fan of the Star Wars films. After being bored by the first one I never bothered with the later ones.

At our local cinema they advised me that I could comfortably turn up 20 minutes late without being in any danger of missing anything I had paid to see.
vanman  Male  Cambridgeshire 7-Jan-2018 08:50 Message #4708997
JEM ...

"Bit of a waste of £9.50 to be honest!!"

£9.50 to go to the pictures!!! ?
and only one film! ?

Like Aely said, you used to get 2 films, plus adverts in between, and 'Doris' with her tray of choc ices and Strawberry 'Mivvis' (on a good night you might get a choice, between Strawberry and Pineapple)

And all for 1/9d (or 2 bob if you went upstairs in the 'circle') lol ;-}
JEM95  Female  Oxfordshire 7-Jan-2018 09:02 Message #4708998
Yep! It’s a rip off really, but I like going to the cinema! It wasn’t my choice to see Star Wars - I don’t usually fall asleep - I can do that free at home :-)
Minnie-the-Minx  Female  Hertfordshire 7-Jan-2018 09:25 Message #4708999
Is this an old film being reshown or a new old one in the series?

I don;t really follow these things. I seem to be fairly immune to advertising. I hardly watch the TV and I get up do something if the ads come on. On the pooter, I turn the sound down until they are finished, if I can't stop it nay other way.
Timmee  Male  Hampshire 7-Jan-2018 14:18 Message #4709021
It's the latest of the Star Wars franchise (released for Xmas market 2017), but essentially - yes it's an old film (in the sense that it contains nothing new and imaginative that the previous films didn't contain.) I think Jem's response was both appropriate and understandable LOL.
Timmee Kermode X
Timmee  Male  Hampshire 7-Jan-2018 14:24 Message #4709022
If I was to be fair and balanced, (which I seldom am) then I'd have to point out that it is basically a kids' film - so I suppose whacky critters gambling in a casino and small cute puffin-like thingies reacting to a gorilla piloting a space ship dog fight were within the realm of the expected and did not come as any great surprise.
tsunamiwarrior  Male  Hertfordshire 8-Jan-2018 09:10 Message #4709111
I was chatting to two families, which included 4 adults, 2 teenagers and 2 younger children, about this film at the weekend. 3 of the adults thought is was very good. I adult didnt like that type of film and thought is was far too long. The 4 younger members thought is was excellent.
I don't think it would be my cup of tea but I suppose it's all down to what we enjoy watching.
Timmee  Male  Hampshire 8-Jan-2018 11:58 Message #4709129
Apologies to you all for my mis-naming the film (and any confusion this may have caused) in my thread title.
I meant to say 'The Last Jedi' (the latest film) and not 'The Force Awakens' (which was the previous xmas Star Wars film.)
tumbleweed  Male  Gloucestershire 8-Jan-2018 13:14 Message #4709140
That explains the gap from when they were filming parts of a Star Wars film near me, in Puzzlewood. That was at least a couple of years ago, but I was thinking the delay for bringing it out now may have been due to an injury to Harrison Ford that I remember reading about.

According to wiki, there is another one still to come in 2019, the third in another trilogy ( Not sure of the reason why a lot of things are trilogies, I suppose I could wiki that as well, improving my trivia knowledge by one )

Timmee  Male  Hampshire 8-Jan-2018 14:33 Message #4709149
I'm guessing films won't stop coming after the next one LOL.

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