DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN STAR WARS!
I MEAN IT!
GO NO FURTHER!!!!!!!!
OK, you’ve been warned.
So, I went to see Star Wars a couple of weeks ago. This review has been filtering around in my brain and I guess it is time to put it to paper. I mean, not commenting on the biggest movie of the season (and according to many, the year) would be silly.
My short review is: Yawn…..why do we have to be so tedious and tell THE.SAME.FUCKING.STORY.OVER.AND.OVER.AND.OVER?
Ahhhh, that won’t due. But, as you probably gather, I was not heavily impressed with this movie overall. I should say that I am not a Star Wars junkie. I’m not sure why I missed that ship. I talked about this with my BF last week because his theory was that everyone who absolutely loves the movie was young when the first Star Wars was released. So, it was nostalgic he said. I countered with – dude, I was nine and wasn’t converted. We talked at length on this and his final conclusion, knowing me so well, was that I was for the Dark Side.
There could be some truth there. Let me also say that I AM a science fiction fan. Big time. My movie mantra is With Science Fiction All Things Are Possible. I absolutely adore the genre. I just have never adored Star Wars.
Still, don’t count that as the sole reason for this lackluster review. I actually liked Revenge of the Sith! Ahhhh, again, there is a clue to my inner workings.
OK, let me break it down.
Overall I have never enjoyed this series simply because it is a bit childish. Even at nine I guess it was somewhat too PG for me. Everything is so black and white. Light and Dark. Right and Wrong. There is so much about that very one dimensional story telling that bugs me. I liked Revenge of the Sith because Anakin struggled with his humanity. He was not born Darth Vader. That portion of his personality was molded by his experiences, by what he saw and endured, possibly by his weakness towards the ease at which he adopted it wholly. But, to me that struggle was not so much about the Force as it was about Anakin as a person. Flawed, passionate, afraid, brave and ultimately, doomed. I didn’t even want to see Revenge of the Sith and BF talked me into it by assuring me it was more real. When those credits rolled I turned and said – hey, I think I could like Star Wars now!
So to me, The Force Awakens, in terms of complexity of characters, is just not real.
Then there is the fact that it is a complete and total do-over. I have an issue with there being absolutely nothing we could possibly think of in terms of story-line that could be new and fresh. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that Princess Leia and Han Solo were not even necessary and that we could have had a next generation Star Wars that was completely different. We could have flipped the story on its lid, could have been super brave and made a whole new chapter complete with new ideas and concepts. We could have actually pretended that some sort of scientific and universal advancement took place (I mean other than a Death Star that was Bigger, Stronger, More Powerful). But, we chose not to. Thanks Disney.
I did enjoy the character of Rey and in terms of a feminist perspective I found her in stand-alone terms to be a strong person and feel like her complexity will grow as the series progresses. I liked her grit and ability to care about things smaller than herself. I tend to think of the characters like little BB-8 as the animal equivalents of the space world so her unwillingness to trade him for enough slop rations to get her through the next decade made me smile.
One thing I am thinking about in terms of Finn’s own awakening is this: please, please, please let him be just an ordinary guy who for whatever reason, despite being taken as a child and brainwashed, retained a spark of humanity. Wouldn’t that be interesting if he wasn’t “special” or “chosen” but managed to not only escape the confines of kidnapping and military slavery, but also grow into a human being that cares?
Lastly, and back to the things that really bug me, WTF is it with Luke Skywalker that he is always running away from his goddamn responsibilities? WHAT.A.WHINER. He had to go “find himself” (and Yoda – OK I sort of see the point in that one) in The Empire Strikes Back and now he has run off to some effing mountaintop because his star pupil turned bad? You are the Master of the free and “good” world man! Keeper of the light, teacher of all that is pure and right with the universe! Pull your Jedi britches up and keep on fighting dude! Uggghhhh, he has always irritated me. LOL.
Beyond these things there are of course philosophical arguments about our own humanity with regard to this story. But those are deep and honestly, this movie did not bring about deep thinking for me at all. The closest it brought me were those thoughts on Rey and Finn. Everything else was just mediocre entertainment.
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