Yes, I have.
Star Wars returns with a vengeance as Director J.J. Abrams brilliantly launched the new film trilogy since it was purchased by Disney. Starring relatively unknown actors such as Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Adam Driver, the beloved franchise created by George Lucas is back shattering box office records everywhere. The Force Awakens captures the essence of the original films (I’m not counting the prequels, though) and makes everything better. I’m not saying that it’s a perfect movie that rivals the likes of Casablanca. But it is definitely worthy of all the attention it’s currently getting pleasing all generations of fans. I saw it twice this week for two consecutive nights and I was even more pumped when I saw it for the second time which I admit is difficult to do.
Anyway, I love this film and I might watch it again depending on the circumstances. But we all know that is has issues that need to be addressed in the next two installments. Here are the things the filmmakers need to stop doing, continue doing, and start doing:
1. Overpowered Rey. I love Daisy Ridley and her character. However, it’s hard to cheer for her when she seems so powerful. You could say that the Force is strong in her but what made me root for Princess Leia’s twin brother was the fact that he was an underdog. He struggled to control his power and was a diamond in the rough until Master Yoda brought him up to shape. Rey certainly needs training as well but she has cruised through every situation she was put in so far.
2. Death Star or any version of it. I get why they did it for this movie. But they could have used something different to be honest. I’ll be bummed if they recycled this for the other movies. I’m sure Ryan Johnson (he’s writing for both Episodes VIII and IX, and will direct the former) and company will come up with something awesome.
1. Nostalgia. Episode VII had a lot of visual nods to Episodes IV-VI. From Darth Vader’s broken helmet to Luke’s missing lightsaber, fans of the originals will look for more of these scenes in future films. My favorites are Han and Chewbacca showing up in the Millenium Falcon, and when Rey finally finds Luke Skywalker.
2. Different Kind of Villain. Kylo Ren is not your typical antagonist. Although he killed his father, Han Solo, he is not pure evil and I think that his future in the series is a bit cloudy. We’ll just have to wait to find out if he delves deep into the Dark side of the Force or if he switches back to the Light.
3. Humor. I will miss the Mr. Solo and his quips. But I’m not worried about the comedic aspect of Star Wars suffering because Finn and Poe Dameron are funny. Some people argue that Oscar Isaac’s character’s humor was out of place especially when he was captured in Jakku. However, I think that was what they were going for. He’s the best pilot in the Resistance and he’s not going to be intimidated by men in masks.
1. Rey’s Origin. I don’t think Finn needs his backstory told. But a lot of people are curious to know who Rey’s parents are. Most are guessing Luke and that is my guess as well. However, the bigger question would be, ‘Who is her mother?’ 2017 can’t come fast enough.
2. War. The personal takes are great but I crave for bigger conflict. Yes, the First Order wants to rule the universe and they destroyed a system to show that they mean business. But so far their agenda has served as backdrop to tell Rey’s, Finn’s, and Kylo Ren’s stories. Don’t get me wrong, I love these characters. Just show me that they’re part of a much bigger story.
3. Awakening. I want more Jedi. Period. Seriously, Rey can’t be the only one that Luke trains.
Well, there you have it. I still have a review for The Little Prince that’s delayed. I hope I can squeeze that in before the New Year. But for now, Merry Christmas, everyone and may the Force be with you! 🙂