Hello everyone who is out there reading this!
I know it has been many months since I last wrote and I apologize for that. For 2016 I promise I’ll try to write more often. Cross my heart and hope to fly, stick a cupcake in my eye!
Now, onto what this blog entry is about: Yes, kids! The Force has awoken! Stronger than ever.
Last Friday night I went with my friends to watch the movie and I wish I could have recorded everything that happened there. People was crying, clapping, screaming and just enjoying the movie so much in a way I don’t think anyone thought would happen.
It’s been 38 years since A New Hope was released, 16 years since The Phantom Menace, if I look at it this way I have never lived in a world where there was no Star Wars and I am grateful for it. No, I am not a huge hardcore I-know-the-name-of-the-asteroid-where-Luke-stopped-for-gas fan, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate all that Star Wars entails.
Before I go into the review I assure you that this is SPOILER FREE! If you want to read a detailed review and theories and whatnot I’m pretty sure there are other sites where you can do that, but I want to keep it simple and without spoilers because I believe everyone deserves the chance to find out what happens at the cinema.
The first thing you should keep in consideration is that this is NOT like Episodes I-II-II. We all know that they lack a lot of things and have other things that we could have done without (like Jar Jar Binks). This movie is different and the same as Episodes IV-V-VI. The sense of it it’s the same, but it’s the beginning of a whole new galaxy, one where the old fans and the new ones can and should coexist.
The second thing that comes to mind with this movie is that the nostalgia moments are there, they linger and they take you back and then something new happens that shows respect for what was and introduces what is going to be and all this through the hand of the new characters we get to know in Episode VII.
Enter Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, whom I hope to see more in the next movies, because I think he could have had more screen time that he has. However does he need it in this movie? Not really. In the small time he has we learn to like him, root for him and want to know more about why is he doing what he does.
Next we have John Boyega, the Stormtrooper we see in the trailer that takes off his helmet and looks around, confused and hesitant on what to do. When I saw the trailer I was intrigued by his expression, but one thing was clear: he is running away and by the way he looks around it’s not a pleasant escape. Finn is a very well thought character that takes you to the everlasting conflict of should I do what I’m supposed to do or can I shape my own path?
Finally we have Rey, awesome ass kicking Rey portrayed by Daisy Ridley. She is not Padme. Thank the Gods! I was afraid someone out there would think that it was a good idea to make her into a damsel-in-distress, but they didn’t! Some would think that at the beginning Rey might seem conforming or helpless, but we soon learn she is not to be taken lightly or to be thought of as someone who needs a man to save her.
These three, Poe, Finn and Rey are the new Han, Luke and Leia. Their chemistry is so good you’ll see how they reflect the old trio, but at the same time they are their own and they will set the pace for this new saga.
Is there romance? If you want to see it as that then there is a little bit of romance intended between Finn and Rey, BUT it doesn’t lead their relationship nor is it important for the development of the movie. In the end I think that Finn and Rey are partners and end up as friends more than a love interest to each other.
Do you remember how Han Solo says he’s home along with Chewie i n the trailer? Well, we get to know what home means to him, his story in the great picture that made his journey with Luke and Leia and we learn about it through some very important facts. but also through some banter with Finn that shows us that Han Solo is still Han Solo.
Now, what about the Dark Side? Is there one? Who is the new bad guy? Is Darth Vader alive?
He isn’t really alive, but his memory lives on and it plays a great part on the motivation for this new lightsaber wielding, mask wearer that leads the charge for the dark side of the force.
Is he a worthy successor to be the evil one after Darth Vader? I think he is, especially because he is not fully trained yet and he has a great command of the force. There is was this moment in the movie where everyone gasped and kind of cheered after he showed just how powerful he is.
We also have Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux and wow, is he creepy and crazy and a huge fanatic of the Dark Side which makes him the great general he is within the First Order and determined to fulfill their ultimate goal.
This served as a reminder that the balance of the force is none existent at the moment and that this is the root as to is why we have all the problems that started a long time ago in a galaxy far far away and how this movie is not only an homage to the old ones is a new era that will allow us to fall in love with Star Wars all over again.