Star Wars: The Force Awakens – First Impressions PART 1 (NO SPOILERS)

Mike Matei / December 18th, 2015

James and Mike’s first impressions / review for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015). This is the first part of our review where we discuss the film in general. Part two will go over spoilers. (Part 2 coming later today)


  • Maoji Wang

    December 18, 2015 at 5:38 am

    This is surely a crazy month for Cinemassacre.

  • bud

    December 18, 2015 at 5:53 am

    I saw it. I have major problems with it. I assume part 2 will be the spoilers video, so I’ll post my thoughts there.

  • December 18, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Regarding the 3D video being blurry and messed up – that stuff has to be calibrated and adjusted by the people running the projector. If they were accidentally showing the 3D version, it probably wasn’t calibrated at all.

  • Xen11

    December 18, 2015 at 8:06 am

    You probably saw the film darkened due to them showing it through one half of a 3D projector. 3D uses two projectors and sometimes theaters will just turn on one of them for a 2D showing making the picture brightness half of what it should be.

  • Xen11

    December 18, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Just got back from a 2am IMAX 3D showing. I thought it was good but not great. There were things I really liked, but it was a lot of retread. I just finished rewatching the trilogy before going to see Episode VII and I’m sick of having to shut down shield reactors and blowing up death stars. They already had this in all four films (minus Empire, though they had that Hoth battle).

    What I thought was really cool was that they basically used the plot/direction/story I came up with right before the film was made. Guess I’ll share in the spoiler video comments.

  • bud

    December 18, 2015 at 8:20 am

    I want to echo a couple of things you guys mentioned in the video…
    YES, this movie is all fan service. Comparing it to what J.J. Abrams did with Star Trek is on point. It’s very well-polished and competent, but it’s nothing new. This movie was all set up for something that didn’t come. It didn’t feel like a complete movie to me.
    BB-8, yeah, of course we’re going to like him. He’s basically the cute kid brother of R2. That’s more fan service and catering to what we’re supposed to like.
    Rey was great. Basically echoing Luke’s journey in A New Hope.
    This doesn’t feel like Episode VII, which is why they omitted it from the posters. It doesn’t have any real connection to the other movies, besides some of the same characters.
    The movie was overhyped, plain and simple. There was no possible way it could have matched my expectations. Maybe I’ll come to like it in time. Right now I hate everything about it.

    • bud

      December 18, 2015 at 8:32 am

      I wish I could talk to you guys face to face, because I’ve got about 1000 things to say and no fucking friends.

      • y2j420

        December 18, 2015 at 9:21 am

        I can see why…

      • bud

        December 18, 2015 at 9:48 am

        Thanks. Hope you feel better about yourself now.

      • Penguin Pat87

        December 18, 2015 at 11:30 am

        Hey Bud, I actually feel your sentiments the same way, even though I have not seen the movie, I’m talking about Hollywood, the directors and writers of today. Growing up in the 80’s, everyone had imagination along with fresh and new ideas. Now all we are seeing are re makes after re make and re telling of stories and fan service. This is why I will not go to movie theaters anymore and waste my money. I hate to say it but I’d rather just wait until it comes out on a movie channel or uploaded on the internet and stream it for free. Nothing appeals to me anymore which is why I still watch the original movies from every kind of movie genre.

      • bud

        December 18, 2015 at 8:29 pm

        I bought into the hype because I wanted to feel like a kid again and those were lofty expectations that the movie couldn’t deliver. I’m sure it’ll be great to revisit in 2020, once the whole trilogy has come out and we know what the hell it was supposed to be about.

      • Penguin Pat87

        December 18, 2015 at 9:16 pm

        The ONLY Star Wars movies I will watch are the original trilogy, not the special edition ones. The original are what I grew up watching as a child in the 80’s. I admit, I watched all 3 prequels in the theater’s when they were released, but as for today, movies are so bad. As I said before, no one in Hollywood has any fresh and new ideas, it’s always re-makes you see or pretty much a new movie that you have seen before. I’m not really sure why this his happening but it is for sure, a bunch of bullshit especially with how expensive it costs to go out to see a movie anymore. I have been reading reviews all day about it, and the only people who give it good reviews are not really giving in depth reasons why as the one’s who are giving it legitimate reasons as to why this movie is not really that good at all.

      • bud

        December 19, 2015 at 12:36 am

        I think people who aren’t as much fans of Star Wars will like it more than the die-hards who will pick it apart. Or just people with lower expectations in general. I think Hollywood still makes a great film every once in a while, but it’s few and far in between all the bullshit that they make to appeal to the masses. But that’s a subject for another comment thread. 😉

    • Kent Gissing

      December 19, 2015 at 5:54 am

      How can you write this much text ?? I can only write like five lines of text if it is to show up as a comment, any more than that and it doesn’t show at all and I have to cut more parts of the text. o.O

      • bud

        December 19, 2015 at 9:30 am

        It’s really weird. Sometimes it lets me do huge blocks of text, other times they don’t show up and I have to use short sentence bursts like this instead.

  • Messy Fart

    December 18, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Yes, it’s definitely entertainment overload on Cinemassacre lol We appreciate it though, i’ve really been enjoying all of the content!! Thanks!

  • Kent Gissing

    December 18, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Exciting, yes. But here’s my problem with this movie. Even A New Hope felt like its own self-contained story. When I watched that movie, I didn’t really have any questions afterward. The Force Awakens leaves so much to be explained that it is made so apparent that the story will only be complete if you watch the following movies. Its too dependant on episode 8 and 9, so as a stand-alone movie, it fails. But as a chapter, it is definitely good. Just incomplete on its own.

    • bud

      December 18, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Yes, you summed it up nicely. It feels incomplete and therefore unsatisfying on its own. I have more questions now than I did when we were speculating before it came out. I don’t really have any expectations for what comes next because there’s not much left to propel the story forward.

    • December 18, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Well A New Hope was originally a stand alone film, before later deciding to make sequels.

  • December 18, 2015 at 10:13 am

    disappointment I sense

  • December 19, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    They are actually releasing them every 2 years,not 1.

    • bud

      December 20, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      And every other year there will be an “Anthology” movie.
      2015 – The Force Awakens
      2016 – Rogue One
      2017 – Episode VIII
      2018 – Han Solo
      2019 – Episode IX
      2020 – Boba Fett

  • December 21, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I wouldn’t really say showing the old characters is much fanservice: it is in fact a sequel and having han solo in episode 7 is no different than putting him in episode 5 and 6. The movie does feel like a remake though: just a really well done remake.

  • itscmillertime

    December 24, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Too much content!

  • December 28, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Don’t worry about making spoiler free vids lol.. I mean, I wouldn’t watch ANYTHING related to it before, no trailers, no nothing. I just saw the thumnail with James doing thumbs up and it was enough info for me.

    One thing I must say, TONS of practical effects, very refreshing and awesome. Some cringing cgi, but mostly all really really well done.

  • December 28, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Well original things.. What do you expect from the mainstream industry.

    • December 28, 2015 at 1:15 am

      We had a 3d glass thing too haha.. They were dirty. I just hate 3d, I wanted 2d but everything was sold out. But aside from an headache, it was pretty cool, the 3d.

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