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Views from Nagoya: What did you make of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’?

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Curtis Peck
English teacher, 43 (American)
It is not the best of the series but neither is it the worst. The action is good and there are some unexpectedly humorous scenes, too. Hans Solo is not usually so comic. But the more campy approach is OK. Another surprise is that Chewy is not as tough as we think. I’d put the movie in the best three. It’s close to “The Empire Strikes Back” but not as good as “Return of the Jedi.”

Hiroki Kato
Student, 16 (Japanese)
I loved it. The action was really spectacular and it was impressive to see in this format, on the big screen. “The Force Awakens” is the first of the Star Wars pictures I’ve seen in a cinema. The special effects looked so much larger than life and their impact added a lot to the excitement. Now I’d like to see the others in the “Star Wars” series on the big screen too.

Taichi Ura
Student, 16 (Japanese)
I’ve seen all the “Star Wars” films, and this is good but not the best. It’s not as good as the previous one in the series. I would rate it a seven out of 10. The sixth one, “Revenge of the Sith,” was the best, in my opinion. Although this one is very well shot, with beautiful scenes, there was something unexpected that I didn’t like — that is, the pace of the story was just too fast.

Sayuri Sasaki
English instructor, 22 (Japanese)
Recently I saw all the “Star Wars” films, and this one is definitely the best. It was amazing, and what added a lot to the experience was that this time I saw it in 3-D. The added dimension made the drama all the more lifelike. It was only the second time I have seen 3-D. Not to give anything away, but the plot also contains some unexpected sadness.

Joshua Peterson
English teacher, 26 (American)
I saw the first three on the big screen too, but this is the best yet. J.J. Abrams, the director, has done a fantastic job of giving modern twists to the characters. The CGI was great for crazy spaceship scenes, and the massive lasers came to life. The dialogue was very well written, too. It’s the type of film that could be seen again and again.

Kyoko Mizuno
Office administrator, 46 (Japanese)
Sci-fi is not usually my cup of tea, but I thought I’d go along and see what all the fuss is about. I’d never seen any “Star Wars” films before. It’s technically impressive, but for me, spaceships zooming from one side of the screen to the other are no substitute for well-observed human emotions. I’d have rather laughed and cried over a good romantic comedy.