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08 January 2016 @ 08:21 am
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Review  
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the first of the new sequel trilogy that takes place years after the events of Return of the Jedi. With a combination of familiar faces and a new generation of characters, we're taken on a delightful new journey which has revived and rejuvenated a franchise that has survived over thirty years and has become quite an important cultural phenomenon.


The Story

What I found interesting about the story being told is that while it seems familiar, which was intentionally done, it also has something refreshing to it. It was as exciting and entertaining as it was emotionally gripping. The premise is simple, especially in the universe of Star Wars and a basic hero story, but the way it is presented gives the audience, both newcomers and old, a new sense of enthusiasm of this world again. You want care about what is happening, you want to know more, and because this is the first of a trilogy we're left with much to speculate and theorize about with how the story is going to unfold in the upcoming films.


The Characters

Perhaps one of the most memorable parts of the film are the characters, and how real and relatable they feel, particularly the new generation of characters that we're introduced to immediately. There is something so human about their experiences, their emotions, their own personal journeys and what they go through, how some of them start out to how they develop along the way. There are tons of heartwarming moments and heartbreaking moments, it tugs at your heartstrings and it makes you want to give these characters a massive hug. And the new generation of characters, particularly our new Golden Trio, is possibly the best addition. They are so lovable and enjoyable to watch, their chemistry with each other is off the charts, I fell in love immediately. But I'm also deeply invested in their stories, how they're destinies are so intertwined with each other, and I can't wait to see what comes next for them.

Rey was a character I knew I would love immediately after seeing her in the trailers and other promotional material, and the film didn't definitely disappoint me as I continued to fall deeper in love with her character. Rey is introduced to us as a lone scavenger on the desert planet Jakku, where she remains by choice hoping that her family who left her behind will one day return for her. Strong, capable and independent, Rey lives alone and fends for herself as a means of surviving on this harsh planet where she basically rummages for parts from fallen ships across the desert dunes. Her journey begins after meeting BB-8 and Finn, and it's a self-discovery kind of journey where she learns more about herself and what she must accomplish, but she is afraid. She is afraid of what this means, and it isn't until the end of the film where she finally accepts her destiny, where she chooses this path for herself. The moment the lightsaber flew into her hand, with that music cue, and she turns it on and is ready to confront Kylo Ren, that was such a beautiful, powerful, important moment that I still get chills thinking about. Because this? This is something most have been waiting for, especially women who have been fans of Star Wars for years waiting for this specific validation of representation. Rey is the main fucking character of this new trilogy. She has the Force, she will be trained to become a Jedi. Rey is going on that hero journey, and I am just so excited, happy and over the freaking moon about this revelation. More than that, but we get a girl hero who isn't sexualized, who is independent and capable but still needs people around her to help and guide her and just be there for her when she needs it, and who is going on this journey that Luke Skywalker did before her, which of course may become relevant if the theories and hints provided are true. Rey is an equal, her capabilities and skills aren't questioned. From the first moment she is introduced we see that she is someone who understand mechanics, who knows how to fight and defend herself, who has had to do a lot to survive for so long by herself. And her story is just beginning. Rey is the hero we need and deserve for this new Star Wars generation. I love her so much. ♥

Finn is an adorable cupcake who escaped the brainwashing oppressive movement of the First Order and help Poe and Rey because, in his own words, "it's the right thing to do." Some have claimed that Finn's change of heart seemed too abrupt, but if you read Before The Awakening it gives details of his backstory that prove that this is just who Finn is. He just had an official wake-up call during his first mission where he basically has a massive panic attack, especially when one of his friends gets shot down. We see him realizing for the first time what is actually happening, the chaos around him, and he understands that this isn't right. So he escapes, he leaves, which is a massive risk and he knows it. Finn plans on escaping and running far away from the First Order as possible. But then he meets up with Rey and BB-8, and their paths are intertwined as they go forth on this journey. Again, like with Rey, Finn has an important personal growth story of self-discovery. At the beginning of the film all he wants to do is run, but by the end, prompting when he sees Kylo Ren take Rey, he is pushed to do something, anything, including returning back to the place where he is so deathly afraid of. He even states that he doesn't have a designated plan of action, he is just doing this for Rey. This continues with his fight with Kylo Ren, something he would never have considered in the beginning because of his utter fear, but as the film progresses you see him gaining more confidence and wanting to do what is right. He fully understands that what is right is never easy, as shown with him defying the First Order in the first place. I love his immediate friendship with Poe and Rey, I love his scenes with Han, I love his determination and most of all, I love that despite being a former Stormtrooper everyone loves and accepts him with open arms. I can imagine that was an unexpected shock, especially once arriving at the Resistance headquarters and Leia pretty much giving him a verbal praise for his bravery and trusting him. I don't know what the future holds for Finn, but I'm hoping that he heals and becomes an integral part of the Resistance alongside Poe (and worrying about Rey, because they were cute).

Poe Dameron was criminally underused in the film, but from what we do see of his character he was utterly fantastic. From his introduction to seeing his immediate chemistry and connection with Finn, including naming him and then complimenting him as they were making their semi-successful escape to their later reunion in the film, I mean seriously that was adorable and I need more of it in future films please. I love how Poe is so affectionate with BB-8. Poe just seems like an overall stand-up guy and I honestly want to see more of his character in the next film, and preferably more Poe/Finn scenes and Poe and Rey being in the same scene together, especially since they're setting these three up as the next golden trio.

Kylo Ren was an interesting presence because he started off intimidating at first, but then you notice there is something different about him. Some criticisms I've seen were that he wasn't menacing enough, especially after he unmasked himself, and that he wasn't holding himself up to being that villain that mirrored Darth Vader. But that's kind of the point. It's even mentioned when Rey got inside his head, stated his ultimate fear that he can never live up to Darth Vader's legacy. Everything Kylo Ren is, is wanting to repeat the past. He was seduced by the Dark Side and is modeling himself after Vader, idolizing him, even mirroring his look. No, Kylo Ren isn't Vader 2.0, but that shouldn't mean he is less scary. Just look at his erratic behavior in the film, he throws temper tantrums when things don't go his way, he has massive insecurities which are tempting him from both Dark and Light. Kylo Ren is an antagonist that feels human, and there is something more terrifying about seeing a villain having these range of emotions, seeing him kill his own father because he felt that would cure that pull back to the Light. Kylo Ren is both an immature child who has anger management issues and is trying to be someone he isn't, and also someone who is a villain in the making, someone who could very well become that calm, intimidating baddie that Darth Vader was in the original trilogy, especially after Rey defeated (and injured him) during their final confrontation in the film. Snoke even mentions that it's time for Kylo to continue his training, meaning that Kylo wasn't even fully trained at this time. Needless to say, I enjoyed Adam Driver's performance as the emotionally unstable Kylo Ren, and I'm curious to see what they do with this character in the next two films.

Han Solo, perhaps the most anticipated appearances since we saw him and Chewbacca in the trailers, and definitely the most heartbreaking because of his death, which the more time goes on the more it hurts. But as devastating as it was, it was understandable and it made sense given the context of the story, and it wasn't done in vain either. There was a strong emotional response from characters who witnessed it, driving our new characters into action, and we saw Leia's reaction as she felt Han dying, we saw Chewie's emotional roar and his utter devastation at the end after everything went down. So his death wasn't a throwaway, it had purpose. Aside from that, everything about Han Solo thirty years later from Return of the Jedi is exactly as it should have been. He is older and wiser, but still wise-cracking and has some great comedy lines. His scenes with Rey were my favorite (and I swear, he knows something about her just from the little looks he gives her at times, and I have my theories and suspicions about that), and I loved the riffing he and Finn did, along with Chewbacca, who was so great in this film as well. Plus, the moment when Han is united with Leia (General Leia Organa). I know some were hoping for more of them together before what happened, but regardless that same chemistry and spark was still there. Even if you hadn't seen the previous films you could immediately tell there was history between these two, and it was so great seeing on the screen again. It's sad that there won't be another reunion of these characters ever again, not even with Luke, but I felt like the film did Han's character justice.

Luke Skywalker was barely in the film, only the last fifteen seconds and didn't even say a single word, which is more of a teaser of what we're expected to see in the next film, but regardless I liked how it was done. The film opened with the credits revealing the plot of the film, that Luke Skywalker has disappeared and both sides were trying to find his location. By the end of the film, after everything that happens, Rey is the one who must deliver his lightsaber back to him, hoping to get him back to those who need him. But it's also setting up the next film, which is definitely him training her to become a Jedi. Along with possibly revealing that she is his long lost daughter. No matter what happens, I honestly can't wait for Luke and Rey to interact with each other, and I want to know and understand Luke's side of everything.


Other things that I liked about the film + theories:

** The popular theory regarding Rey's parentage, which I firmly believe until proven otherwise, she she is definitely Luke's daughter, which makes sense given that there are the obvious clues and hints throughout the film itself pointing in that direction. And of course there are theories wondering on how this could be, and why Luke would leave her alone on a desert planet for so long without anyone. I have several theories going into this: A.) Luke was unaware that he had a daughter, B.) he had a young Rey and her mother go into hiding to be safe while dealing with Ben, which considering that Rey is nineteen in The Force Awakens and Kylo Ren is reportedly in his thirties, it would seem rather plausible.

** "The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. And you have it too..." This voiceover was from one of the trailers, which can be a heavy indicator about Rey's parentage as well, but it wasn't spoken in the film. Assuming that this isn't just a voiceover specifically for the trailer itself, perhaps it will pop up in the second film. Now the question is whether he's talking to Rey or to Ben Solo.

** One other theory that is becoming popular is that Finn may be Force-sensitive, which wouldn't be too much of a stretch. Remember, Leia is also Force-sensitive. While a family trait among Skywalkers, it wouldn't be too implausible that Finn would also be Force-sensitive as well.

** Another theory going around is that while Kylo Ren has the Force, he's probably not as strong with it, hence his insecurities and childishly violent behavior. This may change over the course of the films as he'll become more experienced with more training from Snoke, but it would make sense considering that Kylo Ren literally has had nobody else to be an equal opponent during fighting. He seriously got his ass handed to him during that last fight between himself and Rey, and Rey had only just learned to hone in the use of the Force, something that Kylo probably never learned or was too impatient to learn. Should be interesting to see how the trilogy unfolds in that regard. All I know is that I want Rey to beat his basic ass during their final final showdown, which will inevitably happen. Whether or not he can be redeemed is debatable, but after killing Han I think he closed the deal on any redemption arc. Unless, of course, Leia gets through to him and he turns over to the Light, but is rightfully punished for the crimes he committed and he willfully surrenders, feeling genuine remorse. That is the only acceptable scenario I will allow a redemption arc from this character.

** I love the symbolic theme of unmasking in this film. Finn, Rey and Kylo Ren all wore masks during their introductions, which when taken off reveals the person underneath, and it's very telling of their characters.

** I also love that both Rey and Finn's introductions mirror each other. Aside from the mask/unmasking moments, they literally don't speak for a good five minutes of their introductions, their actions and body language say all that needs to be said about who they are and what their surroundings and world is like. I like that while their experiences are completely different, they are able to connect with each other; two lost souls, searching for something and finding it in a brand new found family as their lives and journeys intertwine with each other. It is perfection, I love it so much.

** BB-8 is adorable and I want one of my own. ♥

** PRACTICAL EFFECTS! REAL SETS! REAL LOCATIONS! While there was still CGI present, it didn't overpower the film and it actually helped the look and feel that this isn't our world or universe, but at the same time look realistic and believable at the same time. Also, the costumes and clothing items were practical as well, which I appreciated.

** TRIVIA: Lin-Manual Miranda, the man behind and star of the Broadway musical hit Hamilton, actually co-wrote the music during the updated version of the Cantina.

** ALL THE WOMEN! So many women, from both sides; women in the background doing stuff, women fighter pilots, women Stormtroopers, Rey being the main freaking character. What an extraordinary time to be alive, seeing all these women present. (✿◠‿◠) Never mind seeing the diversity of the people, making me believe that this is something I can relate to. It's not just white men with some minorities sprinkled here and there.

** Speaking of which, the fact that our new golden trio is also diverse. We have a girl who will become a Jedi (no straight white male lead), a black man and a Latino man. Just. What a time to be alive, is all I'm saying. ♥


The Final Verdict: The Force Awakens is the revival of the Star Wars franchise many have been waiting for. It delivers on the nostalgia that hits you in all the right emotional places, and it also presents an exciting new installment for the next generation of characters, leaving the audience filled with a sense of enthusiasm and excitement that hasn't been felt with this franchise in a long time. As someone who has only ever been a casual fan, this is probably my first time reacting so strongly to any installment of the film series and excitedly awaiting the next one, including the Rogue One film that will be released later this year. And when a film can do that, you know it's something good. J.J. Abrams may have a strange track record when he does things, but with this one, he did it right. Thank you, J.J. and everyone who worked on this film (and continuing with the rest of the sequel trilogy). It was absolutely fantastic. (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧


I would also like to recommend Star Wars: Before The Awakening, Rey's Survival Guide and the novelization of the film, plus the visual companion guides as well, all which give background of the characters and further explanations of things that some may still have questions about after seeing the movie. These tie-ins won't answer all the burning questions people have, since this is just the first in the trilogy and we're supposed to be left pondering until the time comes for things to be fully unveiled, but they will at least shed some light on things not fully explained in the film and some other interesting world-building tidbits. Also, I think the script of the film was leaked or released somewhere? I keep seeing people posting excerpts from it. Either way, they're all great reads.

And this is when you know you are a newly converting fan, since I've been kind of investing and devouring anything and everything I can after seeing the film.
 
 
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Profiterole_profiterole_ on January 8th, 2016 04:30 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful post! I love the new characters so much and I'm looking forward to Episode 8. Also, I hope we'll get a trailer for Rogue One soon-ish. If I remember correctly, we got the teaser for Episode 7 a year ahead of time, but I don't know if they'll do it so early for the spin-off movies.
Renéerogueslayer452 on January 9th, 2016 12:34 am (UTC)
I'm actually surprised that there hasn't been anything else released aside from a promotional picture. Then again, The Force Awakens just came out so perhaps they're spacing it out a bit, and we have the rest of the year to get new material before it premieres. I'm hoping to at least get a teaser trailer within the first few months of 2016, just to pull people in for anyone who isn't aware that there is going to be a prequel spin-off movie.
dandelion wineegelantier on January 8th, 2016 04:47 pm (UTC)
that's a really grand post, and it sums everything up perfectly! i had such low expectations for this movie, and i came out stunned with how much love and excitement i felt for it (i've called a fandom-minded friend the moment i was out of the theater, and literally said 'wheeeeeeeee!' into her ear, hah). it IS a reboot, and it's exactly what it needed to be - star wars with diverse cast and ALL THE WOMAN and new beautiful sights and living, breathing relationships between its living, breathing characters.

i've been worried about how the olden trio would be handled, but the new kids were so amazing, together and apart, that i'm now fine with the old guard going down with dignity, one by one. and this ending shot of luke, with waves and seagulls and flutes piping? oh, be still my heart.
Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on January 9th, 2016 05:32 am (UTC)
I didn't have any expectations going in, and I was absolutely blown away by how amazingly put together it was. From the script to the characters and the story, it worked itself seamlessly of being an reintroduction to the franchise and an introduction to a new generation of characters and story.

it IS a reboot, and it's exactly what it needed to be

Precisely. It did its job, and it did it well, and I'm overall very happy with the outcome.

and this ending shot of luke, with waves and seagulls and flutes piping? oh, be still my heart.

That ending scene, the more I think about it, the more I love it. There was no dialogue, but there didn't need to be. It was gorgeous on its own, and it further proves that you don't need green screen for beautiful shots like that. Sometimes the natural scenery does more for a scene that is emotional and gripping than any CGI could ever do. I mean, we see Rey walking up those stone steps, we take in the beautiful location, and that last shot of her holding out the lightsaber to him and the camera circles around them from above, it was so great.
Avox in Arcadia: Kylo Renperpetual on January 8th, 2016 06:37 pm (UTC)
Ooh, nice observation about the unmasking. I'm not sure how the concept of redemption will fit in with Kylo's arc, but whatever happens is going to be a lot more complicated and painful than "defeat the baddie", and I can't wait.

Also this:

I love that despite being a former Stormtrooper everyone loves and accepts him with open arms. I can imagine that was an unexpected shock, especially once arriving at the Resistance headquarters and Leia pretty much giving him a verbal praise for his bravery and trusting him.

That moment between Finn and Leia was just beautiful, especially the way she didn't dismiss his panic over Rey but instead promised him that she was going to help, and showed him that she needed his help, too. A repentant Stormtrooper couldn't run into a better group of people than he did.

Now that we're all so sure that Rey is Luke's daughter, I betcha there's some twist on that coming up. Saw someone suggest she's a Kenobi - not sure that's got much evidence but it's a neat idea.
Renée: Firefly. River Tam.rogueslayer452 on January 9th, 2016 10:56 am (UTC)
I thought it was a lovely parallel, and I like that it's used for introducing some of our new characters. Kind of giving a what you expect to see them as versus who they are underneath.

I'm not sure how the concept of redemption will fit in with Kylo's arc, but whatever happens is going to be a lot more complicated and painful than "defeat the baddie", and I can't wait.

Without a doubt. TFA set this particular arc up as something much more emotionally driven because it's personal, and it's going to be a difficult road for these characters to find a way of defeating Kylo Ren. However that is done, however the films are going to achieve that, it's going to be one hell of a continuing arc and I'm ready to see what they have in store.

Saw someone suggest she's a Kenobi - not sure that's got much evidence but it's a neat idea.

It's an interesting theory that I've seen thrown around as well as a possibility, which you cannot rule out, though it would be hard to sell in the film franchise continuity. Not that retconning hasn't stopped anyone before, but I find myself quite attached to her being related to Luke for some reason.
an idea is bulletproofelizalavelle on January 8th, 2016 08:39 pm (UTC)
I hope movies are learning that movies that are more practical effects than CGI hold up better over time. CGI is awesome when used to enhance the movie, but when you want an entire film to hinge on it the technology becomes dated so quickly.


I've read Before the Awakening and yes, it added a lot and really shoots down a lot of what people are using to claim Rey is a Mary Sue.
Renée: Inara Serra. Radiance.rogueslayer452 on January 10th, 2016 02:19 pm (UTC)
ITA. Advanced technology is nifty and it's fine to get excited about using it, but it should be used in moderation and only needed when it enhances that already practical sets and locations, which should come first and foremost. It should be a no-brainer, but many filmmakers make that mistake in relying on such technology when they should use that as their last resort. Films that take time to have practical effects, locations and fully built sets not only look more believable, it also gives the cast something worth acting with in their scenes.

I mean, take a look at recent films such as Mad Max: Fury Road. It was done with mostly practical effects, car chases, explosions, flamethrower guitar and all, and it looks absolutely gorgeous. Anything that was CGI you hardly noticed at all and therefore weren't taken out of the experience, like you would with mostly CGI-filled films where it can look too cartoonish. The Force Awakens did an excellent blend of special and practical effects, most notably BB-8, made specifically to be fully functional so the actors could have something to act/react to. And some of the locations, they are real. That last scene with Rey walking up those stone steps is an actual place in Ireland, and it's so amazing. It proves that it's not that hard to have natural locations for filming, since there are some gorgeous places that can be used for backdrops for anything.

I've read Before the Awakening and yes, it added a lot and really shoots down a lot of what people are using to claim Rey is a Mary Sue.

I hate the fact that this is still something being debated about. It's 2016, not 2006. The term "Mary Sue" should just cease to exist altogether, IMHO. Not only is it a lazy argument, it's also incredibly sexist since it is mostly only used to dismiss and demean women characters for inane reasons.

Edited at 2016-01-10 02:20 pm (UTC)
an idea is bulletproofelizalavelle on January 10th, 2016 07:20 pm (UTC)
Agreed. The one thing my Mom had heard about Star Wars when I started telling her that it was great was that the girl character was "too perfect." I ranted a lot on the phone to her about what bullshit that was because EVERY male hero is too perfect in just the same kind of ways and we accept it no problem.

Not to mention there is backstory for Rey's abilities, and some of it is just common sense. People are getting hung up that she can speak multiple languages just like that. Hello she lives on a planet filled with tons of different races and was dumped there as a child. Kids pick things up quickly and in order to not get screwed over when bartering etc. learning language would have been essential. It's not like she just randomly learned the language on the spot, the viewer can assume she had a history where she had to learn to speak and fight and be all kinds of kick ass just to survive.

I already want to visit Ireland, now I want to go to that island! Although the stairs look exhausting but it's so pretty there!
Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on January 12th, 2016 02:46 pm (UTC)
Exactly! It's so stupid. Another thing that people are so hung up about, apparently, is how she apparently learned the Force "too quickly" without any training, and therefore that is unbelievable. Have these people forgotten about 9-year-old Anakin being able to do things unknowingly in The Phantom Menance, or what Luke was able to do before seeing Yoda? Using the Force doesn't automatically mean that they're skilled.

With Rey, it makes sense that she would hone in on using something she doesn't 100% understand herself because she is an adapter, she is able to figure things out herself and use it to her advantage. When Kylo Ren was getting inside her head, she turned it around against him. While she doesn't understand how she did it or what it is, she tries it again (the Jedi mind trick) to the guard. It's a trial and error thing. Like, she knows there is this something she can do, and it isn't until the fight when Kylo Ren mentions the Force that she understands (clearly based from legend and stories she has heard about the Jedi) and she does concentrate to fight back.

So yeah, it's not that unbelievable that Rey figured it out. She is a smart girl, she is resourceful, and the fact people are so hung up about that makes me roll my eyes.
an idea is bulletproofelizalavelle on January 12th, 2016 03:23 pm (UTC)
Isn't that a part of EVERY hero's story Harry Potter was doing magic before he knew he was a wizard.

Exactly so with Rey. She's been forced to pick things up quickly and adapt to what's thrown at her. She learned the force partly through instict. She blocks Kylo Ren out of her head just by being able to fight back. But then she sees what he's doing and pushes the same way and it works. He's her biggest teacher in this film. He keeps giving her the information that helps her survive.

With the guard we see that exact trial and error you're talking about. It doesn't work right away. She just keeps pushing until it does because she has no other option.

It's just so insulting that because she's a girl she was what... supposed to wait there to be rescued? Finn still got to be a hero and go rescue her and she also got to save herself. From the first time they meet that's their dynamic. He wants to be a hero and she's all "that's nice but I'm doing okay and stop trying to hold my hand."

It's awesome :)
Renée: Dark Angel. Girls kick ass.rogueslayer452 on January 14th, 2016 03:39 am (UTC)
Isn't that a part of EVERY hero's story Harry Potter was doing magic before he knew he was a wizard.

For real though, it's the very definition of the Hero's Journey.

It's just so insulting that because she's a girl she was what... supposed to wait there to be rescued?

I feel like some want her to be strong and capable, just not too competent in her skills. Because, you know, making her too capable of things makes her unbelievable and therefore badly written, or whatever nonsensical excuses they try to make. I know that there is the Strong Female Character™ trope that is often used as a stereotype that should be avoided, but Rey isn't that at all. We see reasons behind her capabilities, her skills she has learned and used as a necessity to survive; we see how independent she is but also her vulnerabilities; we see that she is scared but also brave. Rey has been shown to be a three-dimensional character who has demonstrated she can take care of herself, but also is someone who needs the help and friendship of other characters. It doesn't lessen her as a character, nor does it make her superior than the rest.

Rey is just a ray of sunshine and I love her so much. ♥
an idea is bulletproofelizalavelle on January 16th, 2016 07:30 pm (UTC)
What I take from the complaints is that people are okay if women are competent but not too competent. We still have so far to go.

I've straight up been told that people were uncomfortable with me sounding so confident at work. So the expectation as it was given to me was to keep being excellent at my job but to not sound like I was so sure of my self... It's such bullshit and no man is ever getting that advice. I feel bad because the person who gave that advice to me is a woman and I hope she's not deliberately making herself seem less than she is just so that men don't feel intimidated.

I think it's the same with Rey in a way. People were fine with a girl character who had more to do than get rescued but as soon as it came out that she was the star there was a section of society who somehow think that's just too much. A woman can do some things... but all of the things? No we need a guy to help her here... *headdesk*
night_owl_9: Xerxes Break - made for silencenight_owl_9 on January 9th, 2016 03:46 am (UTC)
This is such a well-written post! Thank you for sharing! :)

What I found interesting about the story being told is that while it seems familiar, which was intentionally done, it also has something refreshing to it. It was as exciting and entertaining as it was emotionally gripping. - SAME. As mentioned by many maaaaany other people, the plot of the movie did echo A New Hope quite a bit, but I didn't feel distracted by it. In actuality, I thought the parallels echoed back to the mythos/Joseph Campbell's "Hero's Journey" narrative pattern introduced in the original trilogy; it was a nice touch.

Oh MAN the characters. I loved them so. I'm really looking forward to the new adventures that are in store for them in episode 8.

By the end of the film, after everything that happens, Rey is the one who must deliver his lightsaber back to him, hoping to get him back to those who need him. - Goodness. That scene. It just killed me. It was the new generation meeting the old. There was no dialogue, but through Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill's acting choices (their facial expressions, their postures, etc), you didn't need any. I actually got really misty-eyed watching it; I'm so sentimental like that XD
Renée: Agents of Shield. Skye.rogueslayer452 on January 10th, 2016 02:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. :)

It's interesting seeing different opinions in regards to the film using such parallels and callbacks, even criticizing it by calling it unoriginal and equating it to lazy storytelling. But I beg to differ. IMO, I felt it was not only necessary, but it also goes with the theme of history repeating itself. It borrows from the previous films as a means of reintroducing this universe, while having something new in store, along with it serving a purpose. And as you mentioned, the "Hero's Journey" plays very well into that. While the use of nostalgia was there for many scenes throughout, it definitely wasn't distracting. In fact, it only enhanced my enjoyment of the film.

That last scene was beautifully done. I also liked that it paralleled Rey's first scene as well, where her entire introduction had no dialogue whatsoever but we understood what was happening. Here, we have a different kind of introduction for the ending scene, something setting up the next film. Their expressions, the music, Rey holding out the lightsaber but Luke not taking it (which could be symbolic of "passing the torch" as it were to the new generation), and ugh, so lovely. I cannot wait to see their scenes in the next movie. It's gonna be so great. ♥

Edited at 2016-01-10 02:37 pm (UTC)
Julie: Blood C ★ waves like glassragnarok_08 on January 9th, 2016 04:23 am (UTC)
This was such a wonderful post, and it sums up my feelings about the film perfectly <3
Renée: Kahlan. Smile.rogueslayer452 on January 10th, 2016 02:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad that you liked it, and the film. ♥
Revyallodole on January 9th, 2016 06:59 am (UTC)
You pretty much took the words straight out of my head ♥ I'm wondering if I should watch the movie for the third time, no matter how expensive the movie tickets are.. because it's just. The biggest, the greatest thing ever.

I can't wait to see more of the adorableness that is Poe/Finn/Rey- her becoming the jedi she was always meant to be, Finn finding his place in the world and Poe just being the beautiful person he is. He needs more scenes in the next movie. Preferably with the others.

So how much do I need to pay and to whom that I could get a life-sized BB-8......

I loved that ending-scene and I got so shivery and teary-eyed because Mark Hamill and his portrayal of Luke was a huuuuuuge part of me growing up and during the course of the movie I had fallen so completely in love with Rey that seeing them face to face, even without words was just ashfklasflh ♥ Hello original trio, say hello to the new one ♥

Han/Leia is my forever-otp tbh.

Edited at 2016-01-09 07:01 am (UTC)
Renée: Elena Gilbert. Magic.rogueslayer452 on January 10th, 2016 03:03 pm (UTC)
You should totally see it as many chances as you can get in the theater. It's worth it. I'm hoping to see it in IMAX pretty soon, if I can.

While TFA was essentially more focused on Finn and Rey, I do want the rest of the films to have more Poe and all three of them being a camaraderie, similar to how Luke, Han and Leia were in the original trilogy. I want to see Poe and Rey interacting, I want to know how they'll get along. Perhaps they can trade piloting tips, and talk about how they both love and adore Finn, and BB-8. I don't know, but I just love the concept of all three of them sitting down and just talking about things, hanging out, chilling. It's one of my favorite things the fandom has been doing lately, since this is the ultimate OT3 where they all seem to love each other and seeing them take care of one another is my favorite headcanon. ♥ ♥ ♥

While I knew Luke would eventually pop into the film at some point, that last scene was beautifully done. No dialogue, just the actors and their facial expressions doing all the talking. It was just an emotional moment, not just for the fans who have been wanting to see where the freak has Luke been hiding, but also for the characters. Like, parentage questioning and theorizing aside, Rey has been on this journey throughout the entire film. She knew about Luke through legend, considering him a myth. And now here he is, what has led her on this path, led her to her destiny, standing before her. And the film ends with the promise of that continuation of her further character arc development and him giving us the answers about what the hell happened. It was so well done, beautifully shot too with the natural landscape and location. ♥

Han/Leia. They were beautiful, and even if briefly seeing them together again, it was worth it.

So how much do I need to pay and to whom that I could get a life-sized BB-8......

SERIOUSLY. I would love to have an actual functional life-sized BB-8 myself, too. I know the mini ones exist that you can control with your iPhone (which is so cool and too cute, omg), but how amazingly awesome would it be to have the actual sized version???? I WANT ONE, I WANT THEM ALL, GDI. (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

Edited at 2016-01-10 03:04 pm (UTC)
Danielabraverys on January 9th, 2016 03:47 pm (UTC)
Hi new friend! I look forward to getting to know you better :)

I loved your review of Star Wars. I really liked the film as well, though I thought the story was a bit predictable. But that could be overlooked, obviously. Rey is a little ray of sunshine and I love her. In fact, as you mentioned, the Golden Trio is just super badass and I want a BB-8 all to myself because HOW CUTE.
Renée: Inara Serra. Smile.rogueslayer452 on January 10th, 2016 08:37 am (UTC)
*waves* Hello!

There were moments where I knew where things were going because of its setup, but as you said it can be overlooked since it didn't negate my enjoyment of the film. I loved the new characters, I loved the return of old character, I loved the story and the theme and the action sequences, the familiarity and the new mixed into one excellent package of a rebooted franchise. It is super fantastic and it truly makes me excited about seeing the next one. :)
sentry mode activated: sw | the droid stole a freighter?ellipsisms on January 10th, 2016 02:33 am (UTC)
Yayyyy I'm glad you loved the movie as well! I really hope that Poe gets more scenes in the next one though. He's probably my favorite character and I want him and Finn to get together really bad even though I know that won't happen.
Renée: Kaylee. Giddy.rogueslayer452 on January 10th, 2016 08:17 am (UTC)
He's such a ray of sunshine. They're all rays of sunshine, to be honest. Like, our new trio is so instantly likable and I'm just so happy??? (。♥‿♥。) And while Poe got the least amount of screentime of the three, he still shined in what he was given, so it makes me anticipate more of him in the future.

I don't care whether or not it'll be canon, I fully support Poe/Finn. And Rey/Finn, and Poe/Finn/Rey. They're all so shippable with each other, it makes me so giddy. (✿◠‿◠)
dhampyresa: Epic shit happening on the internetdhampyresa on January 10th, 2016 09:43 pm (UTC)
GOSH I KNOW SO MANY WOMEN YAY
Renée: BSG. Cylon women are ftw.rogueslayer452 on January 11th, 2016 01:49 am (UTC)
I couldn't believe how many women I saw on the screen, from all sides. And women pilots! Once learning that the female pilots were cut from the original trilogy and never replaced during the remastered versions, it was so wonderful seeing not just women pilots, but women everywhere. From our main character who will be going on that hero journey to the background characters. All diverse. All individuals. All wonderful. ♥
verdande_mi: pic#122309054verdande_mi on January 15th, 2016 07:00 pm (UTC)
This has been open in my tabs since you posted this entry!

"The premise is simple, especially in the universe of Star Wars and a basic hero story, but the way it is presented gives the audience, both newcomers and old, a new sense of enthusiasm of this world again." I think this is really what made the film work so well for me!

The film and characters impressed me a lot and I'm ready for the next adventure now :D

When this film gets released on DVD/Blu-ray I will be all over it and I know I will love it more after a chance to dig deeper and watch it more than the once.
Renée: Skye. Transformation.rogueslayer452 on January 17th, 2016 05:58 am (UTC)
I'm pleasantly surprised and happy on how well it does work and how it managed to incorporate everything so beautifully. While it's not perfect, it is exactly what it needed to be as a reboot and reintroduction of the franchise. ♥