Dave Cohen | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- An IMAX 3D Experience

The guy is right. The classic Star Wars films were organic storytelling: subtext, backstory, subplot, mythos. Abrams is SETPIECE 1, SETPIECE 2, SETPIECE 3, most of which are too derivative and all of which are hurriedly tacked together by phony artifice. It is like going to a theme park and sitting there for two hours watching a series of high-budget attractions based on the franchise. It is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

The scary thing is the public finds this formula not only successful entertainment but wonderful art, a tour de force, to be rabidly defended. Of course, this type of formulaic blockbuster "magic" does inevitably fade after a few months. Hence, the Abrams Trek movies now have the status of test patterns for home theater setups.

5 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Dave Cohen on 12/20/2015 at 1:48 PM

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