It is only a film ya know?
But fair play, Cineworld should have anticipated the extra load.
Europe's second largest cinema, Cineworld, is struggling to meet demand for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Fans have taken to Twitter to complain of difficulties booking their tickets for its December 14 release. You website is down? Seriously how can you not have the servers ready for a massive movie like this and a surge of …
There's a new character that appears to be pasted from the Raving Rabbids games.
I watched the trailer because I know I will have forgotten the spoilers by the time I get round to watching it. Which will likely be when I eventually find the DVD in a charity shop.
Though I am intrigued as to WTF that squawking hamster-come-penguin-come-whatever is. "Merchandising opportunity" I guess.
Mine's the one with the hole in the pocket. Above the light sabre on the floor.
"Though I am intrigued as to WTF that squawking hamster-come-penguin-come-whatever is. "Merchandising opportunity" I guess."
Exactly that, yes. It's something cutesy that all the children will want and pester their parents to buy for them at a stupid price because not only Star Wars but Disney Star Wars. And then there will be a new version that waddles along the floor and squawks if someone is in front of it, at a bargain price of even even more than the stupid price of the previous stupidly priced one, and all the kids will want that.
Et bloody cetera.
"And then there will be a new version that waddles along the floor and squawks if someone is in front of it, at a bargain price of even even more than the stupid price of the previous stupidly priced one, and all the kids will want that."
Not forgetting the "A.I. Furbee" version, coming Real Soon Nowtm
"Just watched the trailer and (on first viewing) it looks as though every scene has appeared in a previous film - just different actors doing the acting. Is that what you meant by spoilers?"
It's not much of a spoiler if that's exactly what you expect to happen in a Star Wars film.
It would be a spoiler if C3PO got caught in a cupboard with Henry the Hoover. I would NOT be expecting that!
it looks as though every scene has appeared in a previous film
And? It has been a "Rehash for Milking" purposes exercise since episode VI. Step one. Blow a death star. Step 2 blow a bigger death star. Step 3 blow a fecking phenomenally big death star. So what is step 4?
Rogue one was a breath of fresh air exactly because it was not a milking exercise and it did not aim to leave (nearly) everybody alive for a next episode. It did not stick to "one major casualty" canon which the rest of Star Wars has to do in order to ensure there is continuation. I am not sure I will watch any of the continuations in the main sequence after that. They will frankly look lame.
Funny you say that, I was doing some work over lunchtime, looked over and a colleague had the preview full screen with headphones and that's exactly what I thought. "Oh, another light sabre fight! Oh another view of an open battlefield with x-wings and tie fighters. Oh another battle in space. Oh another dramatic close up on faces in dark spaces while they talk about the various aspects of the Jedi religion.".
This from someone who saw the original back in the '70s and the 2 sequels in the '80s. When #7 came out on DVD my wife and daughter bought me the DVD and I've never seen it! It's not that I don't want to, I just can't be bothered to make the time these days. I'll make time for the original trilogy and have done just 2 months ago but I just can't be arsed to make time for 1,2,3,7,8,9 they do nothing for me. 4,5,6 sum up my childhood I suppose. The films for 1,2,3,7,8,9 are for a different generation, they're not for me or mine, they mean very little to me and I cannot make the connection in the same way as I can for 4,5,6.
Even my wife and daughter whom have no interest in the franchise, have never played with the toys, have no SW collectables, have seen 1,2,3 and 7 at the cinema and I haven't!
When #7 came out on DVD my wife and daughter bought me the DVD and I've never seen it!
I suggest watching Rogue 1 - it lives up to the expectations of the original 3 before Lucas has fully vandalized them. Compared to it Episode 7 is "Oops I did it again" (pretty much the same artistic value too).
Nostalgia. Pure and simple. I watched the first one when it came out overe here in Feb 1978, on the big screen, at a very impressionable age, and it was simply two hours of WOW. It's nice to re-live that once in a while, and the prequels and sequels and whatnot can't simply pull that off for me.
"Maybe people should just relax a little and realise they still have two months to book their tickets..."
Precisely, it's not like it's a one off event or something. Why would a cinema spend a packet and wipe out what profit they might have from this film spending money on increasing capacity for their booking system,when all it takes is for people to chill and wait for a bit.
But it's spoilers isn't it, it isn't like the old days of films anymore where the big plot twist OMG moment gets spoiled just by Homer Simpson walking past the queue,thesedays it will be across all social media/interweb etc etc after the first midnight screening,you'd have to banish yourself to Skellig Michael to miss it till you got to see the film.
That said I don't recall much difficulty booking a ticket for a lunchtime screening of TFA on release day maybe only week or so before. So yeah overreaction but I can understand why it happened
When the force awakens came out we went to our local cinema to watch it.
We stood in this thing called "a queue" for about 3 minutes.
We purchased 2 tickets.
We were appropriately dry-bummed for some sweets and a drink.
Naturally this wasn't a showing 4.5 seconds after the film was released, but we are grown-ups so that was totally OK.
For "Rogue one" we similarly went to the cinema, but in a fit of utter genius I pre-booked.
the queue at the "get your tickets machine" was longer than that at the tills, and moved far slower as the general public struggled to grasp the questions being asked them by the screen.
When the force awakens came out I waited till it was by the till at Morrissons for a tenner , which wasnt that much later. I then watched it at home on a 100" projector screen at a time of my choosing , in much comfier surroundings , without 100 kids grinding sweet wrappers and kicking the back of my seat.
@Prt V Jeltz
"without 100 kids grinding sweet wrappers and kicking the back of my seat."
If you find that 100 kids are kicking the back of your seat, I'm going to guess that you might want to stop screaming at the movie. They probably want you to stop so they can hear the dialogue.
With Mr Lucas doing the writing, they probably won't want to hear the dialogue.
Exhibit One M'Lud "I'm haunted by the kiss that you should never have given me."
Ford famously told George Lucas, concerning the clunky dialogue in "Star Wars," "George, you can type this shit, but you sure as hell can't say it."
Harrison Ford later confirmed this: "I told George: 'You can't say that stuff. You can only type it.'"
Mark Hamill, for one, was amazed at the dedication Ford put into each and every line, stating, "He'd written things in the margins, saying the same thing basically, but his way. He had an amazing way of keeping the meaning but doing it in a really unique way for his character."
Or they could just wait until 16 December, or 18, or whenever. It's not like the old days when cinemas were limited by the availability of spools of celluloid being couriered around the country - there's not going to be any shortage of seats.
I wouldn't even put it past an enterprising cinema chain to deliberately throttle the booking system to up the hype!
Er, I went to see BR2049 at the weekend, and I didn't have to click on anything before the trailer for 'The Last Jedi' started, and I didn't think it was appropriate to stick my fingers in my ears and say 'La la la, I'm not listening!'
Although I think the 'spoiler' it revealed was pretty obvious.
Ah, I didn't think "access to a screen" included going to the cinema.
I too saw BR2049 but they didn't show me the Star Wars trailer.
I would have thought that anything in the trailer would be regarded as not a spoiler, since the makers would assume that everyone has seen it.
The dark side will get the upper hand but everyone important will survive for the sequel....
Remember though, the audience for these films is the youth, my 10 year old loves star wars, although I think he preferes the clone wars animated series, since it was more likely to kill off characters you liked...
Yep, when I watched Force Awakens a couple years ago we went on opening day at 9:30am, and bought tickets online the night before because we didn't want to show up and not get seated. Turned out not be a concern, 90% of the seats were empty since it was a Friday and people were working, going to school, etc.
I'm guessing the only really tough tickets to get would be the midnight showing for people who just can't wait that extra nine hours.
@ Loyal Commenter. Can't upvote you enough. Our local Vue does this when we pre-book using our credit/debit card. I'm inclined to turn up after the rush has died down and use their on site staff to sell me tickets with no fee. Why don't they realise we are saving them money/resources by buying online. PP
PS; Why does this .co.uk web site on my UK English Win10 machine highlight "realise" as a miss-spell?!?
Cineworld's online booking system is, and always has been, a pile of crap.
Apart from being as slow as hell at the best of times, it's cumbersome and unintuitive, particularly when entering offer codes.
Then there's the "handling" charges and the "If you sign up we won't rape your wallet some more" thing.
Cineworld sucks but, unfortunately, the only cinema within realistic travelling time is a Cineworld fleapit, so we are kind of stuck with it.
It 's an old advertising ploy. (The modern term is social engineering.)
An accidental difficulty in obtaining tickets generates free publicity via news articles about the cock-up.
Additionally, people tend to over value things that are difficult to obtain.
It can create an inflated image of the actual demand.
If properly executed, it's a gold mine, improperly executed, it's a disaster.
Case in point: I hadn't heard of the movie until I saw this article.
While we're in the neighbourhood, what *is* it with Cinemas and their basic failure to grasp information display tech?
I once wandered into a a cinema on impulse and looked for the display of which films were up soon, and what those films were about.
There is no such display. They only have posters advertising things that they are NOT showing yet.
If you're lucky, you'll find the screen that cannot fit in the names and times of the mere half dozen films, and needs to rotate around them, while also showing something else. Nothing, anywhere will tell you what those films are about.
And after that I go to the snack section, and find they've installed new wizzbang displays which constantly rotate menus around between adverts (all monitors rain skittles or fill with pepsi, all menus lost) so there is nowhere you can look to get an overview of what you can buy. Oh, and the hotfood menu is a lie, that closed at 9pm. A paper printed menu would get them more sales.
And when I use my browser to look up local films in advance, I end up using Google's film search, because all of the cinema websites are slow and *terrible*.
From a shop/UI design point of view, cinemas appear to be completely, stark raving, mad.
Film = latest Adam Sandler crap , or Transformers vX.
Food = popcorn and/or noisy sweets
Drink = Large bucket of fizzy sugar.
Now hand over ALL your money and get in there to sit through the adverts (note: not trailers)
If they did it any other way you might see that the Emperor has no clothes on.
There is a disturbance in the force and a couple of people cried out in anger ?
Ain't that called every day life on the Internet ?
I wonder if the ticket companies have heard about that not so new elastic technology that can flex up and down based on demand and you only pay for what you use ?
Seems to be a perfect fit for a company who keep on selling places to watch new stories that are based on old stories that made a mint.
As to me and films - I can't remember the last time I want to a cinema, nor watched the TV because of all the adverts and in the case of the cinema, the unnecessarily loud volume.
> I can't remember the last time I want to a cinema, nor watched the TV because of all the adverts and in the case of the cinema, the unnecessarily loud volume ..
And .. buying a ticket at over-inflated price, buy cola and one-other-item at inflated price as they won't sell you a coke on its own. Wait until previous audience has exited the theater. Find seat, watch ads then listen to people talk-and-text through out the movie. Won't be able to follow the dialog as the sound effects are turned up too high. Then be bumped out of the theater to make room for the next crowd. Not that the plot matters as most movies are aimed at the intellectual level of a nine year old. What can you say about the best thing about a movie being a four foot high talking CGI racoon.
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