Monday, December 21, 2015

The Force Awakens! (*Spoilers!*)

For the most part, I agree with Brent's review. I quite enjoyed this film. The plot moved at a steady pace; the action sequences were exciting; the acting was solid; it was great to see physical props and familiar faces. With that said, I find myself somewhat unsatisfied due to the high number of questions that the film leaves unanswered.

This impression has been reinforced as I've been reviewing the prequel trilogy. As critical as some might be of it, one thing that should be said for it is that it explains how the Old Republic was toppled by the Sith, how Anakin Skywalker fell to the dark side of the Force, and just what the Clone Wars entailed. In that way, it expanded on what we knew of the Star Wars galaxy, even if we weren't sold on the love story or fulfilled by the digital effects.

Episode VII, on the other hand, leaves a lot of wondering to do. This also, of course, brings up many *SPOILERS!*

  • How did the First Order rise from the ashes of the Empire?
  • How does the Resistance connect to the New Republic?
  • How did Kylo Ren fall to the dark side of the Force?
  • What's the deal with Rey being left on Jakku?
  • What's been going on with Luke?
  • I also find it curious that the film takes place on no planets from the previous trilogies, while earlier films have often revisited familiar worlds. 

  • I know, of course, that Episode IV left some of these same questions to be answered. They didn't detract from my enjoyment of that film, however. I also know that many of these questions will be answered in the novelization of the movie, the visual guide to the film, its sequels, etc. Even so, they leave me not quite as satisfied as I might have been had these details been included in the film. That won't stop me from seeing it a few more times, however, because it is an exciting and engaging motion picture.



    1. I agree.

      It is particularly strange that the First Order, born (I think) from the ashes of the Empire, could afford a superweapon a couple of orders of magnitude larger than the Death Star. And build such a thing in secrecy.

      Too many unanswered questions, for sure.

      I will wait until 2016 to let 'er rip, details-wise.

      1. Don't get me started on what passes as a "fleet" to the Resistance: basically 1 squadron of X-wings and no capital ships.

        Nice fleet, Leia.

    2. I think Before the Awakening helps to clarify some of this.