As any film with a fantasy reality, the way such a reality is presented to you means a lot. This movie presents almost nothing that we had not seen before and by better actors, which makes it all quite dull in a way. I won't spoil anything you can't read in the plot description, but if you are going to watch this know that: In every minute of this film you will feel deja vu
A woman is orphaned on a desert planet
That's literally all you get of an introduction to the reality of which this films take place since now all of a sudden the winners are the underdogs again.. hmm! The Disney girl plays an expressionless half-genius who has all the ability in the world already. Her face doesn't seem like she cares much and since she doesn't, I don't.
Perhaps I'm being a bit harsh. The film is visually very pretty and there are a few familiar characters along the way, but I unfortunately found myself not caring one bit for anyone or their "coincidences". Everything I saw, everything the characters said, and everything the characters were fighting for, meant nothing to me watching it because it was all to easy and predictable if you had watched Episode IV. The bad guy is also like the neighbourood bully that scares little kids and can't maintain his discipline because everyone has seen his mother spank him or drag him in to eat his dinner greens.
This movie is clearly made for the investors and not for fans of the original stuff - as it is an insult to those that haven't. If not an insult, then just pure failure from the director who ignores/doesn't know so many storytelling aspects that today counts as "basic" in order to lay the ground work for a decent movie.
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