Yo dude, so it's been a few weeks: you still put Ep 7 at your #1 slot?
Yeah. I've seen it a few times, and it actually gets even better (it's somehow both faster-paced and a lot more nuanced than it initially seems -- how they do that?). Love it!
I totally acknowledge that the first two films were far more culturally important and technically groundbreaking than TFA, and would never question the taste or intelligence of somebody who places the OT above TFA on their list (the Prequels are another story, of course). But I'm not a hugely nostalgic person; as somebody who simply loves film, television, theater, spectacle, etc... this is my favorite: best looking, I really like the new characters, etc. The only area I think TFA can't compete with the OT is in the score.
I just saw it for the second time today, after giving it several weeks to settle. You are right. I actually expected it to not be as good second time around, like so many other JJ stuff seems to be. Not a slight on the guy, just seems like his stuff doesn't have a lot of re-watch-ability. I But I was very pleasantly surprised to find I enjoyed it the second time around. And you know what, THAT is one of the most important things for me with Star Wars, which definitely puts this over the top as a solid #3 of all Star Wars films, following TESB and ANH.
Ah good point- that was something I forgot in my review (in the other thread)...
one of the biggest things I felt was missing from this episode was the score! Not a single memorable theme.. wtf?
While I am with you guys on the score not being as memorable as say TESB, ANH, or TPM, I have to disagree with you all on it being totally unmemorable. I think the sound track really just fits the style of the film itself, because it is such a fast paste movie, it really doesn't lend itself to the character themes like past movies did. Everyone is on the go, all the time.
Here is a sample of the sound track:
I really like The Scavenger. Very soft and mellow. Somewhat of a recall of the Princess Leia theme, with a bit of maybe the Yoda theme in tone, but a sound all its own
The one that stood out to me the most was The Starkiller. It had a quality that reminded me of Adagio for Strings. If there is a stand out track for TFA, I would have to say it is that one.
The track Snoke is pretty creepy, and really reminds me of the Emperor's throne room from ROTJ, or the Palpatine's Teachings track from ROTS (the music show scene with Palpatine and Anakin), like it is supposed to I suppose.
I also really liked the final track The Jedi Steps and Finale, and a very close second to The Starkiller. I mean if that one doesn't move you, I just don't know what to tell ya!