by Sabrina Z., who knows this is being posted on Wednesday instead of Tuesday. Sorry, I am late.
By now, just about everyone in the world has seen The Force Awakens. I base that statement on the billion dollar marker the film just passed.
But if you have not see it yet, then do NOT read ahead…SPOILERS!
**Actually, since this is posting later than I intended, I am expecting everyone to have seen the film. It will be released on DVD and in Digital Format in April.**
It is no secret to the members of the Student Success Center (the main division over The ACE) that I am a Jedi. I state this proudly. It is a title that I have worked many years for, and I try to live my life as a Jedi.
On December 18, 2015, I walked into Santikos Palladium with my sister, brother-in-law, nephew, and good friends to watch the premiere showing of Episode VII. I was humming with excitement, unable to speculate what was going to happen in this film. I had spoilers running through my head, fan ideas (both good and bad), slight expectations…my brain was counting down to a complete meltdown!!
And when the movie started, I nearly died from pent-up excitement!
I will not go into a full review, as this movie has been picked apart by countless reviewers and film blog sites. But I will cover what I enjoyed and my own speculations about the coming episodes.
1.) Abrams played it safe. We all know that. And I don’t blame him for making this long-awaited opening to an expansion of the Star Wars universe as similar to the original as can be. Why?? Because if he had botched this first film, the world would never forgive him. The fans hated Lucas for the prequels (THEY WEREN’T THAT BAD, PEOPLE!! GET OVER IT!), and I can imagine Abrams was fearful of the same reaction. Nevertheless, it was a safe re-introduction into the universe and I loved it. It was simple, classic, and had the right balance of story elements. Some genuine shockers too! (You know what I am talking about! Was not expecting that to happen in the first film.)
2.) Rey, Finn, and Poe: The Next Generation. So I am all for female heroes, and I loved the development of Rey in this film. The mystery around her is just as intriguing as her force sensitivity. Finn and Poe are a great bromance, reminiscent of classic Han and Luke from the OT (original trilogy). I am curious about Poe Dameron’s role in the next two films. There was a lot of hype about this character, and something tells me we will get to know his full story in Episode VIII.
The inclusion of the beloved original characters, Han, Luke, Chewie, and Leia, was what really drew me to the film. I wanted to see more of them, especially Leia’s force abilities (she is force sensitive, though not as strong or trained as Luke). I knew they were going to keep Luke a secret for most of the first film. That line of the story, I think, will take on a whole new life in the next two films.
3.) The mystery of the force-strong survivalist, Rey. There are so many fan rumors going around about who Rey is and who are her parents. I too have participated in several conversations about this mysterious young woman, and my take is that she is Luke’s daughter. At least I am hoping she is. I get the want for new force-sensitive characters that are not related to the main characters, but this is something is building to an epic battle that I have longed to see since reading books from the Expanded Uni–sorry, Star Wars Legacy (why they changed the name, I do not understand).
4.) Kylo Ren, the emo bad guy who stole hearts…and cut through a few of them, maybe. Kylo is not fully immersed in his villain status, at least I thought so for the majority of the film. Then that one scene comes up and I am starting to think he really is the guy we are all going to hate. Most do hate him by the end of the film. But there is something else to this Vader “fanboy” that makes me think he will NOT be able to match Vader.
Alright, kids! I am stopping there. I spent most of this on characters, because that is what is important in a semi-recycled story line. The story is classic, and stable, but it is HOW it introduces new individuals into the universe that should get the attention. These characters are going to become heroes to a new generation of Star Wars fans, and I am very excited to see how it progresses.
On a side note, I am a major fan of Star Wars: Rebels and I recommend that fans check this show out for new adventures in an old universe that we know and love.
Sorry this has come so late, readers. But I am reading some new books that will be reviewed in the coming months.
Happy Writing and May The Force Be With You All!!