Finally watched Star Wars Ep. VII yesterday. In preparation I have been rewatching the original, JarJar-less trilogy (Harmy's Despecialized editions) over the last few weeks. I've thought about it for a while, and for some reason I can't quite explain Force Awakens doesn't feel like a Star Wars movie. The costumes are there and the space ships are there and even some of the original actors, but it doesn't feel right. I don't think JJ Abrams' style of directing fits the series and I wish I knew more about editing so I could describe exactly why the pacing, cutting between scenes and even the type of shots just felt off. (And yes, I know, the new movies are supposed to be different directors' interpretations of the franchise. Still don't like it.) So, to sum up the film itself: The first half of the movie was nice, the second part not so much. Kylo Ren is Spoiler the dumbest, least threatening bad guy I've seen in a long time -- some edgy rebellious teenager, really? . Some lines referencing the original films made me cringe because they felt unnatural. Harrison Ford constantly looks like he doesn't want to be there. Rey and Fin are pretty fun characters, though the almost superhero-like speed at which they seem to learn new skills Spoiler like swordfighting was a bit jarring. If the film had taken a slower pace to develop their personalities more they might have even been interesting. It misses a lot of the charm and adventure of the originals. Only Spoiler C3PO popping into view during a conversation actually made me laugh out loud. All in all: 6.5/10. "It's ok."