I’ve been venturing into posts about movies recently because I honestly love them! I think it roots back to when my husband and I were in high school and used going to the movies as an excuse to find a dark place to make out like the teenagers we were. I’ve sat through so many movies, and only about half of the ones I saw with my now husband do I actually remember.
Rent, the movie: I loved it; hubby, not so much. Meet the Faukers: hubby loved it; me, not so much. Oceans 11: neither of us have an idea what it was even about! A beautiful way to waste twelve dollars. (Note the eye rolling. Silly children!)
Now when we venture to the movies which isn’t very often with an infant that can hardly sit still long enough to have her hair brushed, we barely even look at each other, let alone touch, determined to make up for the wasted money of our youth and focus solely on the big screen.
Our most recent endeavor to the cinemas was to see Star Wars. For as big of a fan my husband is, it would be hard to believe for others with his like mind to have waited as long as we did to go see it, but again, with an infant, babysitter line-up is a must.
Star Wars – The Force Awakens
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
(Hubby just looked over my shoulder as I am writing this and bit my head off for my star rating. Sorry, love, but my blog post!)
****WARNING****SPOILERS****YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED****
One more time, I warn you: this post contains spoilers. If you have not seen the movie yet and do not want it ruined for you, turn back now to enjoy other posts on my blog.
Let me first start by saying that I watched the full series of the original movies for the first time as a preteen at my uncle’s house with six of my cousins, majority of which are boys. I was spending the summer with them during the day when my parents went to work, and every day for almost a week, a new movie in the series would be played on the old boob-tube. Then I watched them again with my husband a few years ago after I bought him the full Blu-ray series for Christmas. All of this to say, I was more forced to watch them rather than wanted to of my own accord. (No pun intended.)
The first movies, the 80’s sequels, were good, especially for their time, while the newer prequels fell flat, but were still OK. Now this newest rendition. It was really good, but in some ways, it felt too familiar. I seemed this new flick kind of fell into the same screenplay as its successors, leaving me to wonder why the writers would want to retell a story already played out in the previous movies.
Everyone knows the most famous line, “Luke, I am your father.” Well, now its “Kylo, I am your father.” They don’t really say this in the movie, but it seriously felt that way. If you decided to read this post without watching the movie first, I’m sorry, but here it is, one of the many spoilers I am about to give: Han Solo as Kylo Ren’s father really popped my bubble! And Kylo killing his father felt too similar again.
And why did Leia and Han have to be divorced? Can no one stay married these days, not even in the movies? I mean, throw us a romantic bone here, and let us at least have an everlasting love element to the war ridden plot.
So Kylo was sent away with his uncle Luke to be trained as a Jedi, but the new Sith Lord took control of him, and Kylo decides he wants to finish what his grandfather, Darth Vader, started. OK, great. Familiar, but great. So why did we have to play into this whole drawn out moment of Han trying to reach out to Kylo to bring him back to the light when he was just going to kill him anyways? Note the final battle scene between Luke and Vader as Luke tries to bring his father back to the light.
On top of all that, you add in this whole fighting scene where they have to blow a hole in this planet decimating machine in order to destroy it. Again way too familiar. Hello! Does anyone remember the Death Star? I guess I was just looking for something new, something different than the previous movies.
I also take issue with the last scene. A full five minutes, if not more, dedicated to the new main character, Rey, holding out a lightsaber to Luke Skywalker as the camera pans in circles around the two. They don’t speak; actually there are no words at all in the last clip as if it were an afterthought to the entire composition of the film and the writers had already gone home. It again feels vaguely familiar to episode 5 where Luke met Yoda to being Jedi training.
All this said, I now turn to the actors within this film. There were a bunch of nobody’s and a bunch of somebody’s. The old gang was back together; Han, Chewy, and Leia. Even R2-D2 and C-3PO made appearances. Even though they were all older and the universe is thirty years past the alleged fall of the Empire, it was as if nothing had changed, falling right back into the groove of unsettled, hardworking, war fighters. I’m glad Disney brought back the past characters. It gave the movie the nostalgia the fans have held fast to ever since the release of the last movie in the 80’s. But then I fall back to my previous question: why did Kylo have to kill Han? Is Disney afraid Ford might not be around for many more episodes?
The new characters were phenomenal for being off the street. Well, they played in numerous TV series in the UK, but their overall careers could be said to have truly begun with this movie. Rey and Finn, or Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, worked so well together. Their personalities played off each other perfectly, as if they had been working together for years. It will be interesting to see their relationship blossom as the movies progress, and oh, will they.
Disney has promised one Star Wars related movie a year until well into the 2020’s! Talk about capitalizing on investment. Disney bought Lucasfilms for $4 billion dollars. I seriously believe they have made that money back and then some just from this first movie!
The cinematography was amazing in this film! The settings were beautifully captured in each scene. I love how each world has its own environmental setting, carefully chosen for the event to transpire while on it. There was a scene where the Empire was giving an angry speech on a snowy planet where the direct contrast between the black and red of the flags of the Empire in the background and the white caps of the mountains gave such an eerie reminder of the Third Reich of Nazi Germany. Left me in goosebumps!
I do have a question about the lightsabers though that Hubs wasn’t 100% sure of the answer. If you’re not a Jedi, can you wield a lightsaber? Finn tries to against Kylo, and I’m not sure if that means Finn is a Jedi, or just some silly person who thinks they can use it. He didn’t go see Luke, so I’m assuming that means he isn’t, but if that’s true, then anyone can use a lightsaber, and that makes me kind of upset. What’s so special about being a Jedi then?
Well, my word count is 1,300+, so I think I will leave you with my final thought. I love all things Disney, and this movie is no exception to my admiration. It felt a bit too familiar to its predecessors, but it is very hard for Disney to make a bad movie, so I am excited to see what comes next in this series now that we are caught up with the past 30 years!