Check out my review for Slant, in which I manage to limit myself to just one Blackadder reference. Count yourself lucky because this whole piece easily could have been an extended compare/contrast between this movie and the fourth series.
A few thoughts:
1. Not sure there's a single original idea here. Everything is cross-referenced to a prior entry, and the plot--as any number of critics have pointed out--is pretty much a remake of the original.
2. The original trilogy was Lucas combining everything he ever liked--samurai movies, Flash Gordon serials, kung-fu, swordfights, King Kong, etc. etc.--into one big spectacle. But Abrams brings in nothing new except a Spielbergian directorial style (which is welcome) and some (inadvertent?) Harry Potter influence.…
A seriously unhinged movie. The majority of shots are framed in decorative cut-outs. Everyone looks slightly (or much more than slightly) insane. Pola Negri gives an endlessly GIF-able performance, and I want to go back in time and hang out with her and be her friend. This is usually described as a satire on militarization, but, honestly, it's way too off-the-rails to be constrained by any one meaning. Bandits. Skulls. Wild mustaches. Sex. Proto-psychedelic sets. (The sets are actually like…