maybeagnostic wrote:I don't know what kind of oversight you expected from Disney but they got exactly what they wanted out of the movie. Most of your criticisms are actually some of its strongest parts and just the reality of making a movie for the global market. Sure, to you it was obvious who Kylo Ren is and what his motivations were but most of the people who saw this movie don't know who Vader, Leia and Han are or how they are connected. What you call "embarrassingly obvious exposition" is just the minimum amount of information that needs to be conveyed to someone who's watching a Star Wars film for the first time so that the story makes sense to them.
What universe do you live in? Nobody in any significant portion of the global market is unfamiliar with these movies. (Certainly not in China, which is basically what people are referring to when they talk about "the global market" in a film context. Or India, or hell, even Turkey.) I'm pretty certain there are people living in isolated communities in Papua New Guinea who know how the OT went down.
A New Hope has just as much blatant exposition except looking back at it, it makes no sense for characters to even say some of those things and it just shows Lucas had no idea where the story was going at the time of filming those scenes. The Force Awakens at least seems to know where all of its setup is actually going even if there is too much of it.
Yes, Lucas wrote bad dialogue, frequently. But even at his worst he never wrote anything as thuddingly awful (and I include the Sand Monologue in this statement) as the exchange between Han and Leia where they refer to Ren as their son like fourteen times in the space of three minutes. I was half expecting them to turn to the camera Spaceballs-style and go "everybody got that?"
Also, its setup seems to be going nowhere except the territory of bad fan-fiction. So, uh, great job with that there, guys.
The movie really knows it is the first movie in a guaranteed incredibly popular trilogy and makes full use of that.
It really, really doesn't. It's actually kind of baffling how much it doesn't exploit the fact that the sequels are an absolute guarantee - instead, it scrambles to fit things in that it could easily leave for a proper treatment in the next movie, like the way they cut down the Quest for Luke Skywalker to under three minutes at the very tail end of the movie. (How long did it take for us to get to Yoda in ESB?) Or the way they lay out the entire setup for the dynamics between the three main villains openly and explicitly no later than the forty-minute mark of the first movie in the trilogy (we didn't even see the Emperor's face until the third act of ROTJ.)
But in the end, even if it is the improved and modernized Star Wars 2.0 and strictly better than the original in every way,
Which it isn't.