As you know from reading yesterdays post, I went to see the new Star Wars movie in the early hours of the morning. I went to my local cinema and watched the midnight release with my father, which lead to me being more tired than I’ve ever been, and trying not to fall asleep during lessons. But, it was most definitely worth it. Without further ado, my ‘Film Review’ of sorts. *This will almost certainly contain spoilers, so read at your own peril*
(As you should be aware, at the end of Episode 6, Luke left his sister and went to train new Jedi in an academy. One of his students turned to the dark side and Luke blamed himself. He then fled the academy and didn’t tell anyone where he was going. However, a map of how to get to Luke is found…)
The opening scene of the movie is Poe – the Resistance’s best pilot – receiving plans of how to get to Luke Skywalker (Leia is the leader of the Resistance, and is desperately trying to find her brother). Him and his droid, BB-8, head off to take the plans back to General Leia. However, before they have a chance to leave Jakku, the First Order – the dark side – show up. Kylo Ren and a large group of Stormtroopers rampage through the village, and take Poe as a prisoner – but not before Poe has given the plans to BB-8 and told him to run. Once aboard the ship, Finn, a Stormtrooper decides to betray the First Order and help Poe escape. They commandeer a ship, and set course for Jakku; to find BB-8 and take the plans to Leia. However, they run into trouble and crash onto Jakku. The ship sinks into the sand, and Finn is left alone. He takes Poe’s jacket, and begins searching for BB-8 alone. The droid recognizes the jacket of his master, and labels Finn as a thief. Whilst Finn and Poe were escaping the new dark side base, BB-8 had attached itself to a girl; Rey. Soon enough the three of them are acquainted and wanting to get the map to the Resistance. They find a ship in the junkyard, and after stealing it, and escaping it’s owners, they leave the planet and get into space. Soon enough, the ship is caught by a much larger ship, and the three hide in the ship before it is boarded by none other than Han Solo and Chewbacca. The ship is the Millennium Falcon. After much more space chases and battles, we discover that Kylo Ren is actually one of Leia and Han Solo’s children, who turned to the dark side when they parted ways.
Eventually, the plans make their way to Leia, who discovers that the map that BB-8 has is incomplete and therefore useless. However, R2D2 has a much larger map of the universe, with a gap in it that BB-8’s map fits perfectly into. Rey and Chewwie take the Millennium Falcon and find Luke. Rey returns his light saber to him, after having fought Kylo Ren – who killed Finn in said battle. The film ends on a shot of Luke Skywalker holding his lightsaber.
The extended universe says that after the 6th episode, Han Solo and Leia had three children, 2 sons and a daughter. We know from the extended universe that one of the sons turns to the dark side – the film tells us this is Kylo Ren, called Ben by his parents. Kylo Ren kills his father, after Solo fails to convert him back to the light side. The film did not make any mention or hint towards the other two children of Han and Leia.
I found the film to have a small amount of faults across the 2 hours, the first of which being character development. Even from the start of the film, I found it hard to attach myself with Rey or Finn. They had back stories that were explained well, but I never felt that I ‘liked’ them. On the other hand, I liked the character or Kylo Ren very much; maybe due to him trying to finish what his grandfather (Darth Vader) started. Even when he killed Han. Secondly, I felt like Rey and Finn using Anakin and Luke’s lightsaber was completely unneeded, and I didn’t like it. That’s probably more of a personal view though. Thirdly, despite the film saying quite early on that Han was Kylo’s father, if you knew the extended universe, right from the first sight of Kylo you kind of expected him to be the dark child. Classic Star Wars father son story. I’m not saying that them being related is bad, because it worked well in the film, but I feel that it may have been more effective if done subtly.
The droids! C3PO was classic, human cyborg relations, R2D2 spent most of the movie in ‘sleep mode’ but came through at the end, and BB-8 bossed it. The references to the first 6 episodes was great, especially when Rey told Han that his ship completed the Kessel Run in 14 parsecs. I also really enjoyed the ending, very similar to the big fight in Episode 3, but without death; Kylo is still alive…
Overall, I feel that the film was amazing. The new characters were mostly great; I liked the way that the dark side finally had a female character, but I also loved how all he old characters are still in it. I’d have to say it deserves a solid 9,9.5/10.
I presume it’s going to be a long wait until we get to see Episode 8, but I think that Luke will travel back to his sister, and confront his nephew and have a huge lightsaber fight, before we find out who Han and Leia’s other kids are.