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Chris Pratt playing a straight role like that is a little odd to see. He’s so noted as a comedian and comic relief it’s a bit weird watching him take on a role that is just a straight up action macho guy. Outside that, though, I think it looks good. A hell of a lot better than Jurassic Park 3.
One thing to note though, I’ve seen a lot of fans complaining that the dinosaurs don’t have feathers or look like “real” dinosaurs do as we’ve learned more through paleontology. And while I understand that concern I honestly don’t care. My personal headcannon is that these are genetically modified dinosaurs supplemented with amphibian DNA. As a result the fact that they’re not 100% accurate to our current knowledge of dinosaurs if A-OK in my opinion. Not to mention it’s a continuation of the Jurassic Park world, so switching things up now would just look weird. The T-Rex and Velociraptor are such iconic movie monsters now, it just makes sense to keep things at least SOMEWHAT in tradition for the franchise.
So really guys... just relax. It’s not a big deal. Looks like a fun movie, hope it goes over well.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
I love this trailer because it takes familiar icons and elements from the original Star Wars trilogy and mixes things up a bit. Black stormtrooper? Rolling droid? Sword lightsaber? Ok I’m on board with this! Top it all off with one hell of a sweeping camera roll with the Millennium Falcon and BOOM! That is how you do a teaser!
What’s more depressing to me is watching nerd culture (and in particular Star Wars fans) react to this trailer. I understand that this is just a teaser and we gotta analyzes the shit out of it, but the levels people are going just pisses me off.
First there’s the casual racism by a lot of fans OUTRAGED at the idea of a black stormtrooper. Apparently there’s a lot of Star Wars fans unaware of the fact that the Imperial Army switch off cloning and started recruiting normal citizens and people in the later timeline. So seeing so many people angry at a black stormtrooper and bemoaning “political correctness is ruining everything” is just... tiring and frustrating. Especially after all the stuff going on in America and Ferguson.
Secondly there’s the lightsaber hilt. There’s a scene of a dark robed person who pulls out a lightsaber which has two little mini lightsabers sticking out on the side, ala the hilt of a sword. And AGAIN Star Wars fans are bitching and moaning about this and making fun of it and bla bla bla bla bla. Ugh... Can we NOT do this EVERY time, please? It’s really not that bad, and out of the reaction I’ve seen from normal people it’s actually very cool and interesting. There’s also a bit of practicality in that it would prevent lightsaber blades from just slipping down the blade and slicing off your fingers.
I mean, seriously, this is a movie franchise about space wizards, magic powers, aliens, and slug mob bosses. There is SO MUCH WRONG with Star Wars space logic and science getting hell-bent over such a trivial thing like the lightsaber is just... stupid. This is why we can’t have nice things guys... cuz you overreact to the wrong things. Ugh.
Anyway, I personally enjoyed the trailer. I think it looks really good so far. It gives me hope. And while I know there’s a lot of joking about J. J. Abrams, there’s three things he’s good at. Action, Suspense, and mimicking film styles. This already feels more like a Star Wars movie than the prequels ever did. So I’m totally on board now.
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