The Force Awakens: My takes.

Spoilers throughout.  Watch the damn movie already.

So Lucas responded to TFA with This and… TLDR TFA wasn’t original enough.  It’s pretty much the idiocy we’ve come to expect from him lately.  I get that he’s upset about how he’s been treated by the fans but… both trilogies start with the most important character on a desert planet.  They start with a new threat being uncovered.  They start with a key mentor being killed.  They have a huge starfighter battle that ends up with some kind of trench run.  In fact the main difference between them is I and IV end in parades while TFA ends with two characters staring at each other.

Now let’s look at the main differences.  Maul and Vader are inscrutable, brutal characters whose depth is yet to be uncovered.  Sometimes permanently.  Kylo Ren is something completely different.  He’s incredibly vulnerable, he’s extremely expressive and most interestingly; he draws a lot of strength from his weakness.  His inability to part with his former life lights the fire that burns his rage.  Compare this to Vader’s inscrutable, sinister demeanor, or Mauls acrobatic silence and he’s easily the most human character, something that took Lucas 3 movies to get through in the original trilogy, and, well, the prequels are a mess.

The script was incomparably better as well.  None of this “ONLY THE SITH DEAL IN ABSOLUTES!”  none of the godawful “romantic” dialogue that ruined scenes in the latter two movies in the prequels.  Look at the banter that Solo had throughout, look at the cantina scene.  Really.  When you watch the movie again look at everything Mas says and does.  More importantly, the movie left me wanting more in the right way.  I want more Poe, I want more Rey, I want more BB-8 (and let’s be honest if they make a BB-8 ‘thumbs up’ lighter I might start smoking just to have a reason to buy one) I even want more Ren, who was the most difficult character for me.

The first time I watched TFA I didn’t like Ren at all.  It seemed like the Knights of Ren were the Sith equivalent of One Direction.  He wasn’t strong, he wasn’t particularly competent, and his power was more explosive and less controlled.  Then I watched it again and my take on his characterization changed.  He wasn’t weak per se, he was conflicted.  His power came from something that he wanted to put behind him, and his fear of this weakness ruled his actions.  I felt MUCH more confident about him after watching the movie a second time.

Another problem was Finn.  I like Finn, don’t get me wrong.  He’s a great character.  But riddle me this.  If he disappears completely from the movies, what happens?  What have we really lost?  Rey is THE Jedi, she’s the other pilot, she’s the one flying the Falcon.  Really what does Finn do now?  Poe has a niche, Rey is the star, Leia even has a niche.  What happens to Finn and… who cares?   He’s at the awesome end of the same scale that Jar Jar was on.  I’m serious, Jar Jar was reduced to a token character, and it would be real easy to do that to Finn now.  It would be a total shame because he’s a great, flawed, but potent character, but it wouldn’t break the trilogy like losing Rey would.

The one character I didn’t like AT ALL was Hux.  This was the real “What were they thinking?” moment for me.  JJ Abrams said he wanted him to be a tragic character and his youth made him more tragic.  How is he a tragic character?  He’s a bland, fascist pig running a military badly before he’s old enough to shave.  His acting was of the “screaming general” type, his interplay with Ren made Ren look strong, which I guess is a plus, but I didn’t like the character, who was completely expendable, and I REALLY didn’t like the actor.  I don’t care how hard up the Imperials get, there won’t be 20 year old generals running around.  This isn’t Ender’s Game.

Also:  Can we stop building superweapons?  They just don’t work!  I mean this one was at least fully protected, requiring some amazing Deus Ex Machina to get blasted apart, but FFS guys, quit building the damn things!

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About Corelin

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Posted on January 2, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Han & Chewie made the movie for me. Without them it would’ve been downright pedestrian and seeing as how things played out, I am concerned for the next installments, but I hold out hope.

    I really liked that the humour was back and that it left me with a bunch of questions at the end, something the prequels didn’t do, other than “What the fuck were they thinking?”

    • Han got 90% of the best lines. Lines he didn’t get:
      “We’d never outrun them in that hunk of junk, go for the quad cycle” *it blows up*
      “Hunk of junk it is!” *pans to the Falcon*
      Me:
      “You might be surprised”

  2. First review I see that doesn’t pan darth emo 🙂 Maybe a second viewing will improve my opinion. The movie didn’t have a real villain.
    I assume Finn will earn his place in the next movie.

  3. I really enjoyed the first half of the movie, but the pacing in the second felt off to such an extent that the movie dragged.

    There were too many nods to the original, almost to the point where it appeared that they’d bent the storyline mulitple times just to hit us over the head with look, see, it is Star Wars! It’s not necessary people.

    As far as Ren goes, we may yet see a great villain. He’s not. Not yet anyways. Darth Vader had power, control and an utter focus on what needed to be achieved. A force of nature if you will.

    High ranking Imperials were scared of him, whereas Ren struck me as a spoiled child, uncertain, afraid and borderline struggling with madness. That may also be part of the issue with Hux. A lack of fear. Certainly Snoke was playing them off against one another.

    As for Finn, I’m not entirely sure someone snatched at a young age to be a trained as a stormtrooper would be such a smart alec. That said, I liked him. He also held his own against Ren for quite some time, suggesting there might be more to him than just plucky sidekick.

    After all, to whom does the “There has been an awakening” refer to? Rey came into her power easily and with no training whatsoever. She may already have been “awake”. There was no clear before/after. He and Rey liked each other too. Whether the connection runs deeper, I do not know.

    But if you add in the crisis at the first fight and the decision to take the high moral ground (the light side?) and the question of whether Finn is force capable or not becomes less clear. At least imho.

    All in all, I’m looking forward to the next installments 🙂

  4. Dinsdale Pirannha

    I like “some” reality with my fantasy.

    Han being able to yell “Now!”, and pulling out of an FTL run 500 metres from the planet was just too much. That, and what was the planned propulsion system of a PLANET to get to the next star to suck dry? And lastly, as stated in dozens of locations, how does Rey master the Jedi voice, with zero training, a few few days after she finds out that the Force is real?

    Compare that to the rebooted Star Trek movie. While far-fetched, at least the physics and logic of the movie “seemed” realistic.

    The suspension of belief required for this Star Wars went way too far.

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