THIS IS NOT SPOLER FREE
I saw it. I liked it and now I must endlessly analyise it to suck all the mystery and joy out of it.
The original Star Wars was a movie with a few things going for it. Visually it was stunning, it had scale, it had heart and it had a seemingly vast imagination. These things made up for any other deficiencies that may have been present.
The Force Awakens has the visuals, and the scale and the heart. And in spades. It also has some things that the original Star Wars didn’t have much of. Humour and Nostalgia. The new characters are pithy, vivacious and charming. The film wastes no time and has a pleasing blend of action, dialogue, pace and character development. This is a well-made film. Look it’s good. It starts strong. It looks like Star Wars, it feels like Star Wars MUCH more than the prequels ever did. The Characters feel like themselves. Han Solo is Han Solo, older but still recognisably him. Leia….er….seems a little out of practice. C3-P0…is….super annoying…wait sorry good things…good things…erm….Finn! Finn is great…no wait he’s a new character. Admiral Ackbar…is pretty good…but he refrains from speaking about traps. Which is a shame.
The new Storm Trooper design is perfect. Actually most of the designs in the film are great. But the Stormtroopers, flame troopers and the new Tie pilots are brilliant.
There’s no getting around the fact that Kylo Ren is a Darth Vader lite. He’s I can’t believe it’s not Darth Vader. He’s just one calorie not evil enough……
It’s kind of forgivable because well he’s leias son, he has more Anakin in him than Luke…etc….There is a family theme going on and I get it but his aesthetic…? Lame. Why wear a helmet you don’t need to?
Lack of imagination. The Ren thing highlights this. There’s the Death Star, its back, it’s bigger, but no-ones fooling me into thinking it’s anything but a Death Star. So the rebels have to get plans to the rebel base and then go blow up a death star? Where have I heard this before? Seriously? This is the plot to your movie?
Snoke: Snoke is the name of the cooperate villain from an Adam Sandler movie, not the name of the Emperors successor. When we say “How do we defeat Snoke?” the answer sounds like it should be with a musical number and montage.
Also huge lack of imagination there too. Please Kylo Renn should be alone. There shouldn’t be thousands of Sith lords waiting in line for the pleasure to ascend to the throne. Imagine a story where Ren was completely mysterious till the Bridge scene. Then he takes his helmet off and he’s a boy and Han’s son.
Can anyone just pick up a light-sabre and be confident and good enough that they can hold their own against an experienced swordsman? Because Finn and Rey both do it. There is an argument to be made that Ren has never really fought with a light-sabre…..who would he fight? But Luke trained him right? And he killed all the other Jedi apprentices. So it’s not like he’s never used one before, he’s just not practiced. All those years of training must count for something. Anyone who’s even played with a sword knows that you don’t start with a sharp one, not because you’re a danger to others, but because you’re a danger to yourself. The likelihood of you cutting off something important is very high. Higher if that blade is a light-sabre. Never mind actually being good enough to fight and win. Ok so Rey has the force…..but that’s a pretty thin reason. I mean people still need training. And what’s Finns excuse? Sure he gets beaten but he does pretty damn well for a while there. He even wounds Ren. And yes Ren has just killed his father and been shot by Chewie’s Bowcaster which has been established is no joke. But even so. That’s pretty incredibly and I mean that in the sense that it stretches credulity.
Ok and speaking of look Ma! No Han. That was a genuinely emotional moment. Which was somewhat let down by the fact that Leia and Chewie didn’t have a moment when he came off the Falcon. Leia went to Rey instead. Who exactly is Rey to you? As opposed to your husbands best friend and your friend of over 40 years?
BTW: As cool as Han’s admiration for Chewie’s Bowcaster is…..is it remotely possible that in the 40 odd years they have been friends he’s never seen it fired?!?!? Or was that Space Alzheimer’s setting in?
Of course there are lots of other questions I have.
Where did Snoke come from? Who the hell was Max Von Sydow supposed to be? Where are the Knights of Ren that we heard so much about before the whole thing started? Why would you waste such an awesome character as Captain Phasma? Hopefully these questions will be answered in the 2nd film. And let’s hope that doesn’t consist of an ice world, a trip through an asteroid belt and Rey going through training only to leave to save Finn who is trapped on some kind of Cloud city…..
Ok so it seems like I’m complaining more than I am enjoying the movie but despite these issues that wasn’t the case at all. A friend of mine said it played it safe. It did in a sense but I honestly don’t think that was the problem didn’t seem like lack of courage to me it seemed like a failure of imagination. Even so it’s a very enjoyable movie that does tap your sense of nostalgia.
I give this movie 6 out of 10 swooping millennium falcons.