I saw the movie today. Now I can visit these forums again without avoiding spoilers! YAAAAAAAAY…
Here’s what I thought.
It seems a little dull at first, but it got a lot better as the movie went on.
The movie had a good sense of humor.
A lot of what I feel like I have to say involves Kylo Ren AKA Ben Solo. First, he looks too unrelated to Han and Leia to be their son. Second, I know that EvilSideMakesYouUgly, but Ben didn’t necessarily looked deformed…he just looked…ugly. I’m not saying they should go the opposite extreme, but when you have an ugly black haired man who doesn’t resemble his parents, you have problems. Also, despite killing Han, I felt like he still didn’t cross the MoralEventHorizon, as it seemed like he has minute feelings of regret immediately afterwards. Another thing I want to note is Kylo Ren’s…temper tantrums whenever he doesn’t get his way. Seriously, destroying random equipment and wanting to kill people just because you got bad news? Not even Vader went that far. Maybe the scene would have worked better if he said this line. “Oh, I’m sorry. I’m usually far more composed. I’m just a little bit ABSOLUTELY LIVID!”
Another thing, why does Ben worship Darth Vader? Does he not know of his redemption? I doubt that JJ Abrams ever thought of referencing Darths & Droids, but the Vader worship reminds me of how in D&D
[spoiler] Boba Fett desires to kill Obi-Wan, completely oblivious to the fact that Vader killed him until the Sail Barge scene, where he dies shortly afterwards. [/spoiler]
Seriously, Han might not have died if the scene went like this:
Han Solo: Why do you continue down this dark path?
Kylo Ren: Because I want to follow in the ways of Darth Vader.
Han Solo: You do know that before he died, Vader redeemed himself by saving Luke from the Emperor.
Kylo Ren: …you’re lying! You must be lying!
Han Solo: In your heart, you know its the truth.
At that point Kylo Ren/Ben Solo would have either had an emotional breakdown or killed himself as he realized that what he thought Vader was turned out to be a lie.
On another note, I know that the desert planet of… NotTattoine… was a harsh environment for Ray to live through, but I think being able to do the jedi mind trick and use a lightsaber competently is a bit of a stretch. Also, how did Finn fight his conditioning? How are stormtroopers conditioned? How many are conditioned? How many are volunteers? Who is this Supreme Leader guy? Why does Luke have a line in one of the trailers but says nothing in the actual movie? Why does this movie feel less original than the Prequels?!? (Let’s see: crash landing on desert planet, person of low status who happens to be force sensitive and doesn’t have parents around, a bar scene with lots of ridiculous creatures that are mostly never seen again, the Millennium Falcon considered junk at first glance, Han doing really badly in smuggling, a super weapon that can destroy planets, etc, etc, etc.) TOO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS!!!
The Force Awakens isn’t horrible, but in some ways it feels like Star Wars By Numbers. Whatever flaws the Prequels have, at least they are original.
On a lighter note, a trailer for the new Independence Day movie played, and I really wanted to scream “BUT WHAT ABOUT BOOMER!?!” at the end 😛