The Force is Strong with this Movie!

Last night I went with my older brother, his wife, their kids, and two of my other nieces to see the new “Star Wars” movie. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually loved it! I honestly didn’t have high expectations for it because of the prequel trilogy. Now, I did have some hopes for it because J.J. Abrams. I haven’t really been disappointed in his movies yet. Let me tell you, he didn’t disappoint on this movie. It made me laugh. It made me smile. It made me want to cry like a kid at one point. Overall, it was a great movie. Now let’s take a look at some of the details. I will do my best to avoid spoilers and the ones that I must include will be trivial at best. So, just keep that in mind as you read on.

Something that surprised me from when the trailer came out was how upset, and frankly pissed off, people were about John Boyega’s character. Before we even knew what his character was actually named or what his part in the story was going to be, people were up in arms because “Stormtroopers can’t be black and they certainly can’t be a main character in the franchise”. That is an actual quote that I read somewhere. I don’t remember where, but it was probably either Twitter or Tumblr. Umm…did people forget about Lando Clarissian played by Billy Dee Williams in the first trilogy? What about Darth Vader being voiced by James Earl Jones? Tony Cox was an Ewok. How about Femi Taylor as Oola the Twi’lek dancer? Jar Jar Binks’ motion capture was done by Ahmed Best who also provided the voice. I also want to know why people weren’t throwing a fit about Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu in the prequel trilogy and he got a custom lightsaber for crying out loud! Personally, I thought John Boyega’s character, Finn, was amazing! He might have become my favourite character from the new trilogy. John is a wonderful actor and I have been watching shows and movies that he has been in for a few years now. I personally liked him in “Becoming Human”. That is also a good show that I recommend you check that out too.

Now when it comes to the character of Rey, I kinda have some issues with her. I get that they were trying to have a strong female lead character and Daisy Ridley plays it well, but did they have to make her so whiny and annoying? I mean she had some amazing moments, but for the most part, she rather grated on my nerves. That being said, I feel like that it was being directed that Rey and Finn will end up being a couple at the end of this trilogy. Sort of like Leia and Han were during the first trilogy. I’m okay with that. I like the way they work together and she grates on my nerves less when she is with him then when she has the screen to herself. Also, the last scene of the movie with them in it is incredibly cute. While I have never seen Daisy Ridley in anything else, as of writing this, if I had to judge her acting based on just this role, I would say that she at least does a better job than Kristen Stewart. That isn’t to say that she’s bad. I just don’t have much to judge her on and, it could just be the role she was cast in, but I found her a bit annoying at times as I mentioned above.

I loved that the characters from the original trilogy returned! Although, one particular scene with one of them was incredibly upsetting and hacked me off a bit, but I won’t spoil the movie for those who have yet to see it. One thing that was kinda irritating was that Luke appears in one scene at the end of the movie. They kept talking about him and I was waiting for him, but he showed up at the end for probably less than a minute and then, BOOM! Final credits! *angry Wookiee sound* Why?! J.J.?! Why?! Lupita Nyong’o played the new character of Maz Kanata and it was just amazing! I wish they would have given her more screen time. Her character was funny and she owns her own castle. I want a castle! Poe Dameron was a nice addition and I was disappointed when he vanished for most of the movie only to reappear at the end. His BB-8 droid was also incredibly cute and my nieces really wanted one of their own. Of course, one of them also wanted a Stormtrooper costume. The shiny silver one, not the plain white ones. I’m guessing she wants to be Phasma. Hey, go big of go home I guess. If she wants to be a Stormtrooper captain, go for it.

The story overall was great and had many interesting twists that I wasn’t expecting. There were some parts that I could have done without, but not many. If you liked the battle between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance then you’ll also like this trilogy’s form of that struggle. This time around, it is the First Order against the Resistance. The leader of the First Order, Snoke, is an old looking creature that reminds me of the Galactic Emperor Palpatine. His underling that seems to be the one that is in charge, but actually is second in command, is Kylo Ren. I’m just gonna leave it at that so I don’t spoil too much of the story. It was very shocking as to who he actually is. The First Order also reminds me of the Sith in the prequel trilogy in that the members of the affiliate group, the Knights of Ren, take the surname of Ren and rename themselves as _____ Ren in the same way that members of the Sith would become Darth _____ when they became a member. Frankly, it was a good movie and was worthy of being a part of the franchise. I know people that are set in their ways and don’t want anything but the original trilogy. Those people really need to see this movie. You will be delighted! If you need any other reason for seeing this movie: at least Jar-Jar Binks isn’t in it.

Before I end this, I would like to point out to my fellow Star Wars lovers that Google and Facebook have a feature where you can show off which side of the Force you support.  The featured image for this article is what my avatar on Google looks like.  Here is what the Facebook profile picture turns out looking like.

Star Wars Light Side Profile Pic

You can also go to Epicstream and take a quiz to find out what character from the movie you are.  As it turns out I am BB-8…I guess I could always be a BB-8 unit for my nieces…