Skip to main content

May The Blogpost Be With You

Star Wars is pretty much in my blood. I went to the first one A New Hope while still in the womb. The third film, Return of The Jedi, happened to be one of the first movies I saw in the theater. If you do a search of this blog, you will find the phrase "Star Wars" mentioned in 19 previous posts.

When it was announced that JJ Abrams was kicking the new trilogy off with The Force Awakens, I had no doubt he'd do a great job. Putting aside the references made on Alias and his other shows, when Abrams was tapped to reboot the other space series Star Trek for the big screen, he made no bones about how he was really more a fan of the George Lucas-created world. It showed with that film and it shows here.

Regular readers of my blog know a few relevant facts that you might want to keep in mind reading this review/discussion:
1. Nostalgia and plot points that trigger creative thoughts or my vast storehouse of trivial knowledge will have me squee with delight.
2. I truly believe there is no completely original idea under the sun. Artists must either mix and match or use old ideas in a fresh way.

The Force Awakens does both spectacularly. Even nerds who loved the movie have pointed out the plot borrows heavily from A New Hope.  My response? So what. Even I admit, however, the scene at Maz Kanata's cantina could have been located in a more original, or less used, setting like a clandestine meet-up in space. The scene itself was great and I love the fact she at least says she isn't a Jedi...

Another complaint I hear is that new character Rey's (played by newcomer Daisy Ridley) powers reveal themselves too quickly. These people have either never seen a Star Wars movie or they are these "welders" presidential candidate Marco Rubio wants more of.  Both Anakin and Luke were very strong in the use of the Force. Hell, the prequels implied Anakin birth was an immaculate conception... My guess? Rey is Luke's daughter.  A movie blogger dismissed this theory saying wouldn't Leia know she has a niece? Leia's facial expression when the two women hug could be interpreted to me that she in fact does know... Another suggestion is she's Obi Wan's daughter but that doesn't wash with me. Unless she's much older than she looks, he died like 20 years before she was conceived...

Things I want to know more about:
1. General Grievous in the prequels showed you don't have to be Force-sensitive to use a lightsaber but is stormtrooper training since childhood enough or is there more to Finn than meets the eye?
2. Fans know Chewie had been Han's co-pilot and friend due to a life debt after Han had freed him and presumably other Wookies from slavery. Chewie was understandably pissed when Han died but does Chewie feel any kind of Japanese-style failure or has the life debt expanded to Leia, Luke and the droids so he's OK? Of course, son Ben Solo is also out there in the evil guise of Kylo Ren.
3. Supreme Commander Snoke of the First Order. We know from the prequels and books, though the latter have been nullified as canon, Emperor Palpatine only outwardly had xenophobic policies and was secretly more than willing to use aliens if they served his purposes.  Is it through this Snoke gained power or is there more to this story?

And finally, as a Star Trek fan, it was interesting to note that while is just as much a Jedi genetically as her twin, the Force seems to manifest itself in Leia like Deanna Troi's Betazoid abilities.  I shrugged off the connection she displayed with Luke in Empire Strikes Back  to "twin stuff" (There's no plausible explanation for Luke and Leia making out in A New Hope so I've stopped trying...) but she definitely had an Imzadi connection with Han...           

       

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

When Captain America Throws His Mighty Shield...

As I was recently discussing with someone on Twitter, I'm not a big fan of "Good Guys Manipulated Fight Each Other" films so it's sad that Captain America: Civil War came out so close on the heels of Batman v. Superman. As maybe I've confessed before I am more of a Marvel fan but that is not why this one was better.  DC fans frequently point out this was the 13th Marvel film while BvS  is only the second of their new cinematic universe. To me, that's why it worked better. The tension was building out of the last Avengers  movie and the characters have interacted for several movies worth of time (One must assume interactions happen off screen as well) so they know each other pretty well. Two friends having a disagreement carries so much more weight than two strangers going at it. 

In my critique of  Batman v. Superman,  I noted that the end of the featured fight hinged on the fact both characters' mothers were named Martha. Here, the big fight ended when …

Strange Times

No, this isn't about the election. I'm not ready to unlease that upon the world just yet.  Instead, allow me to share my thoughts on another fantastic entry into Marvel's cinematic universe.  Doctor Strange was the perfect blend of the tone we are used to and the adding of the supernatural world.

Friends on Facebook may have noticed my comment that the first part of  The Imitation Game  was unexpectedly hilarious due in large part to Benedict Cumberbatch's turn as Alan Turing so it comes as no surprise he's awesome as arrogant neurosurgeon (a redundant phrase in my personal experience.)

Doctor Strange, like Ghost Rider, is really not a character that lends itself to having a love interest but since it's an origin story, it worked here with  fellow surgeon Dr. Christine Palmer. Certainly better than in that movie... I've loved Rachel McAdams since The Family Stone  but I'm sure the character'll just go the route of Thor's Jane Foster and just be …

An X-Cellent Post

 X-Men: Apocalypse is the third of the "prequel movies" and today is my second favorite after First Class.  Don't get me wrong: the last one,  Days of Future Past,was far from terrible but you could easily argue it was an excuse to feature Hugh Jackman. The other two do just fine with cameos (which are both awesome and unnecessary but I digress...)

The two biggest complaints I've had about the franchise are the lack of even internal continuity and lack of effort. This movie clearly had the attitude they know continuity is messed up and they don't give a shit. Havok and Cyclops are brothers but inexplicably 20 years apart in age but certainly don't look it. In '83, Prof. Xavier sees CIA Moira McTaggart for the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis and comments, "You haven't aged a day!" Not even James Bond is a field agent in his late '50's but whatever... (Speaking of Moira,  Rose Byrne is Tasmanian while the character is Scottis…