I didn't really have any problem with the clunky dialogue and exposition. It just all felt very Star Wars-y and satisfying to me.
The whole set-up of the movie, diving right into the middle of a scene that feels like it's already been going on and just sort of going off from there, never stopping or pausing was very entertaining. The motivations seemed less clear than they were in the previous six movies however. Characters dove headfirst into conflicts with very little reason to not just hide or walk away. But it was fun conflict, so really who cares? I was along for the ride, and this was mostly because I really liked the new characters.Rey
is a pretty much flawless character that excels at anything and everything and somehow, partly through her underdog status and good intentions, is still believable enough to be likeable.Finn
is just pure simpatico, everything he does is honest and real and you just want to join him and be friends with him and drink blue milk at cantina's with him. I feel like they hinted at him maybe being force sensitive too, and I hope that that is true, because if he's not, then next to Rey he is in danger of becoming too Watson to her Sherlock, or too Jar Jar to her Qui-gon. He needs maybe to be more able to stand on his own feet in the future films. Also: Everything he did was insanely funny.Poe
were underused and didn't really get to show their characters all that well. If they return in bigger roles I'm sure they will be awesome.Han Solo
came back with full force and didn't really miss a beat anywhere. It was as if forty years didn't go by.
Sadly, the same couldn't be said for Leia
. She really doesn't get to do anything except for standing about and looking thoughtful. Also her make-up seemed very weird. I don't know if Carrie did any plastic surgery, she doesn't really seem like the person to do it, and I never noticed it before, but it really looked like she'd lost the ability of moving muscles in her face or something. This woman is pure powerful awesome, please give her a cooler role.Hux
was great. His devotion was really the one thing in the movie that sold the concept of the first order, and his brothers trying to please their father thing that he had going with Kylo worked really well.
Speaking of Kylo
, he was, by far, my favourite character in the movie. The way they made his anger management issues both funny and scary at the same time was a powerful piece of filmmaking that really made him as sympathetic and sad as he was dangerous and evil. Adam Driver acted the hell out of the character, and his story seemed as central and important to me as Rey's was.
But that Snoke guy seemed a little underdeveloped too. Also, as there are only two sith at any given time and Snoke looked old enough to be alive during the original trilogy, is Snoke not a Sith? Or is he Palpatine or Vader's secret apprentice? Or is
he Palpatine or Vader? He can't be Darth Plagueis, can he? Abrams doesn't seem like the guy who would incorporate something from the prequels into his film. He must be somebody new.
Also: Those other Kylo Ren guys from Rey's visions, where they The Knights Of Ren that Snoke spoke off? Are they dead? Gone? Where they Luke's other padawan's before Kylo turned them against him? Did Luke defeat them all, but missed the strength to kill his nephew Ben Solo, so he went into exile. Maybe not before dropping of his infant daughter at Jakku?
I'm interested in seeing Rian delve deeper into these things.
I do have some problems with the film though: I felt the death of Han was predictable and actually kind of lame. As soon as Kylo walked onto that walkway-bridge-thing I knew Han was a goner. Why would that location be there if no one was going to fall down off of it? While it worked as a device to make Kylo scarier, it wasn't really the end Han deserved. He didn't even get to see Luke again or share one last kiss with Leia. It felt like a John Snow death, killing him off before his arc was completed. Though really, Jango Fett, Boba Fett and Obi-wan also had kind of lame deaths, so I guess it is
classic Star Wars to kill someone off in a slightly pointless and mostly underwhelming way. Also: This was because Harrison only wanted to do one, right? Not because Disney or Abrams wanted the character dead. Harrison just said: "I'm in if I die."
But my biggest problem was actually with the Starkiller Base. What planets did they blow up? Could this thing move or was it a stationary planet? If it could move, does that mean it swallows up the sun of the system it destroys, and if so, doesn't that already destroy the system? If it's stationary, does that mean it was built to only fire twice until it swallowed up it's own sun? That's seems like a lot of work for only two shots fired. Even if those shots can destroy entire systems. Also, I personally didn't really like the fact that it was so close to being a remake of A New Hope. The movie started off as it's own fun thing, but slowly turned into a beat for beat retelling of the classic film, which everybody already knows and that felt like a waste of potential. That whole 'we have to do another death star bit' didn't really do anything for me. I would've preferred the first order to be smaller, more extreme. What if they were nothing more than just a couple of Star Destroyers filled with the most radical believers in the former Empire? What if the climax of the film was the opposite of what it was now: Kylo and Hux attacking the Rebel/Republic base. Like a Helm's Deep siege type of thing but with TIE fighters. That would've been very cool to see and way more exciting than this re-hash of something that was already done THREE times in a Star Wars movie before.
But don't get me wrong: All in all it was a funny, faced paced piece of pure entertainment and nostalgia, that could've gone on for five more hours before I would've started to get bored.
I'm seeing it again next week.