Star Wars

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’ve been putting off this post for 9 months. Those of you who know me have surely noticed the lack of commentary on the latest Star Wars movie… and I’m also positive you’ve been waiting for today with bated breath. The day I finally weigh in on the movie.

Or perhaps not. Probably not, actually.

But some people keep asking me when and if I’m ever going to do a review of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and here’s the answer.

No.

No. I am not going to review Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I have spent nine long months pondering what I would even write, and I have come to realize that I am in no way, shape, or mentality even capable of reviewing that movie.

It’s too complex of an issue for me.

So, this is not a movie review. It’s more like a discussion. Or perhaps a dissertation.

WARNING – I absolutely cannot and will not talk about Star Wars in a spoiler-free sort of way. If you have no idea who Darth Vader actually is, and you don’t know what the Kessel Run is, and you’re not even sure what an R2-D2 is… 1) what rock have you been hiding under for the past 30-40 years? and 2) Stop reading IMMEDIATELY and go watch Star Wars Episodes 4, 5, and 6 in that order. And 7, because that’s what this post is about. Then you may return.

Secondary warning – this post is ridiculously lengthy. I am not sorry.

I realized the other night as I was trying to go to sleep exactly what my problem was and why I can’t “review” the latest Star Wars movie, and I think I can put it into words now. So here goes…

Star Wars was one of my very first huge movie loves. I know I had watched “A New Hope” (back then it was just called “Star Wars: Episode IV”) multiple times by the time I was six years old. One of my fondest and most hilarious memories is of watching this movie with my cousin and her family one evening at our house. We finished the movie and went off to play some make-believe continuation of the story.

My cousin then informed me, “In the second movie, Darth Vader tells Luke that he’s his father.”

To which I replied, “Uh UH! There’s no SECOND movie!”

So, her “spoiler” didn’t really sink in. I was convinced there was only the one story, and while the memory is vivid, I also remember the shock of watching Empire Strikes Back for the first time and discovering that 1) there WAS a second movie, and 2) Darth Vader WAS Luke’s father!

This trilogy has remained firmly lodged very near the top of my “favorite movies” list for my entire life.

My maiden name was Walker. When I was seven or eight-ish, I remember telling my entire Sunday School class that my last name used to be “Skywalker” and that Luke was my big brother. I told them we had run away from the Empire and come to Earth to hide, and had to change our names when the movies came out.

Yeah.

I didn’t have many friends in Sunday School. (Not until jr. high, anyway, when I met a group of girls as nerdy as myself and we hit it off)

I think perhaps my nerdiness was a bit too much for most of them at such a young age.

When I reached jr. high, I discovered The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn on a library shelf, and was transported back to that galaxy far, far away…. I was delighted to discover that a talented author had continued the story of my favorite characters. I devoured those books and went on to read many more of the books in the Expanded Universe of Star Wars (usually referred to as the “EU” by crazy fans like myself). The Courtship of Princess Leia, The Truce at Bakura, Shadows of the Empire, Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future, The Crystal Star, I, Jedi, The Han Solo Trilogy, Allegiance, Outbound Flight, The Jedi Academy Series, The Young Jedi Knights YA series, Darksaber… and so many, many more. I even read the entire New Jedi Order (eventually, that was in college)… though that series is not my favorite. I continued to read the Star Wars books as they came out… though I have fallen behind a bit as the years progress. There are a lot of books I haven’t read yet… but I always make sure to get whatever the latest Timothy Zahn installment is.

Therefore, it was somewhat devastating to me when Disney declared that the books were no longer to be considered “cannon.” I love those books. I refuse to imagine that they are anything but cannon. I have such respect for the authors who must have all worked together in some way, or at least read each other’s books… to have so many different authors writing what is essentially pretty phenomenal fan-fiction… and with only fairly minor discrepancies… that’s pretty amazing dedication.

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Yes, Darth Vader guards my bookshelf. He’s an excellent deterrent to those who might steal, dog-ear, or otherwise harm my precious books!

In high school, I found a friend who loved Star Wars as much as I did, and we made a game of asking each other random trivia questions about Star Wars whenever we passed in the hallway.

I went to see all three of the original movies when they came back to the theaters.

I went to see all three of the prequel movies when they came out – and though I was disappointed by the cartoony, somewhat ridiculous stories and the bad acting… I was also happy to be back in the Star Wars universe on the big screen once again.

I own at least 2 copies of each of the original trilogy on VHS (and will keep them until somebody wises up and releases the digitally remastered version on blu-ray… if Disney wants to get back into my good graces, that would be one sure-fire way to do it). I own a ridiculous number of copies of the movies on DVD and one copy on blu-ray. I own the radio drama. I have a toy lightsaber (which I often used as a pointer during my teaching years). I own 20 of the books. And don’t even get me started on the number of Star Wars lego sets in my house…. seriously, it’s ridiculous.

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Hopefully, this gives you a tiny glimmer of insight into this brain and heart of mine that went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters last Christmas.

I wanted to love it. I truly, honestly did. I went with skepticism, but a desire to love this new installment of Star Wars for a new generation.

The movie started out with a bit of a “grrrr” moment for me, as the name “Leia Organa” rolled past in the opening text.

“Leia Organa.”

NOT “Leia Organa Solo.” The first sign that the movie-makers were staying true to their word and kicking the EU to the curb. Already, I was kind of mad at them.

However, the movie progressed rapidly and I forgot about this little dig. I instantly fell in love with the cocky, ace pilot Poe Dameron and his sense of humor. He reminded me of Han, and despite the short amount of time he was on-screen, he was lovable and fun. Finn endeared himself to me with his sudden conflict of conscience and his decision to act upon what he believed was right. Though he has a very human moment of cowardice later, his desire to protect his new-found friend more than redeems him. Also, his propensity to jump into something without thinking things through is adorable. Rey… a new all-time favorite character. I loved how she was brave, but also child-like, she was sheltered, but independent, naive, but kind. She wasn’t an annoying “women are better than men at everything” character, but she also wasn’t a damsel in distress. She was a nice, well-rounded character who felt very real… except for certain things that make no sense about her at all, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

BB-8…. the cutest Star Wars droid EVER. Truly. And that’s saying something, because I love R2 very much and my loyalties don’t change easily… but BB-8 is the most stinkin’ adorable droid ever.

The action of the movie was well-paced and fun. I enjoyed the nods to the originals and loved getting to see some of my favorite characters appear on screen once more… even if they are 35 years older. Most of the movie felt like a return to the original trilogy and I appreciated not being subjugated to the more cheesy and annoying aspects of the prequel trilogy all over again.

However, throughout the movie, I also couldn’t help but notice that perhaps it felt just a little bit TOO MUCH like I was back in the original trilogy… A New Hope, to be precise. Others have done a better job of capturing this than I – THIS SITE, for example, includes a marvelous video that shows in 4 minutes just how much visually was taken directly from A New Hope… and that’s not even adding in all the story-line comparisons. While I applaud Abrams for his restraint in the use of lens flares in this movie… I cannot help but feel like he stole a lot of power from what could have been a truly fantastic movie… had it been allowed to stand on its own plot and story instead of borrowing so heavily from the original. There is a point where “tribute” crosses over into “plagiarism” and this movie strides across that line unapologetically.

Then there were the confusing moments of unanswered questions (that will probably, Lost-style (it is Abrams, after all), remain unanswered) such as:

1. The multiple-planet destroying weapon (AKA the new Death Star/Sun Crusher/Nostril of Palpatine… erm, I mean, StarKiller Base)… does it move? If it uses up all the power of the sun in its own solar system to charge (as it appears to) then how can it possibly be a multiple-use weapon? I mean, isn’t it limited to the number of suns in the solar system where it is created? What idiot would design such an inefficient weapon and who thought it was a good idea to build? Especially if it has the exact same weakness as the Death Stars had?

2. How do both Finn and Rey know how to wield a light saber?

3. We saw the celebrations across multiple worlds in the galaxy at the end of the final (hopefully) version of “Return of the Jedi” when the Emperor was killed. Even if Luke Skywalker disappeared shortly thereafter… why is it that nobody in the galaxy now knows about him or believes he existed? It seems like not enough time could have possibly passed that everyone forgot about the huge rebellion against the Empire. That sort of heroism is one parents would totally tell their children about. Especially since they have advanced technology and don’t have to rely on newspapers to get their information. That would be like people today not having any idea who Rosa Parks or Corie Ten Boom or Martin Luther King Jr. are. And they didn’t even blow up a Death Star.

4. How did Maz get ahold of Luke Skywalker’s ORIGINAL light saber that fell down the shaft in Cloud City at the end of Empire Strikes Back? In the EU, it was retrieved by the Empire and used to clone Luke Skywalker… an extremely interesting story/showdown… but this seemed rather random.

5. How come light sabers don’t seem to do as much damage as they used to? Really… nobody lost an arm in that battle in the forest? Hard to believe.

6. Why is C3PO’s arm red? They run out of gold-colored materials? Actually, I know the answer to this question: Disney wanted to sell more toys. Pathetic move, Disney.

There are other questions that may get answered, of course, like exactly who is GollumMort and why hasn’t Luke Skywalker taken him out yet? (Supreme Leader Snoke, for those who don’t “get” that joke).

Which leads me to the other places where I felt the movie was weak: the villains. The first time we see him, Kylo Ren approaches the subdued captive, Poe… and… squats down to look him in the eye? (Through a helmet, of course). I mean, come on. Rule number one of extreme villainy is that you never, ever, ever come down to your captive’s level. No, you force-choke him by the neck into looking YOU in the eye… er… mask. Strike one for Kylo.

You also never remove your mask. It’s one of your sources of power and evilness. Strike two.

And the lightsabery temper tantrums? Take all the oomph out of your scary-ness. Sorry, dude, but Darth was terrifying because you knew he could just silently choke the life out of you from a planet away. Watching you hack away at your own computers and walls like an angry 2-year old just makes me think a stronger use of discipline in your early childhood would not have gone amiss. Third strike. He’s out.

I thought this kid wanted to be just like Grandpa Vader. Obviously nobody ever told him the truth about dear old gramps. How he not only was one of the best and most terrifying villains of all time, but how he also ultimately conquered his dark side and freed the galaxy of the tyrannical Emperor. (I blame his parents)

Speaking of his parents… this is me being super shallow and ridiculous… but (my apologies to the college-girls) the actor who plays Kylo Ren is simply not attractive enough to be Han Solo’s son. Nope. I feel nothing for this guy. He’s a whiny, obnoxious, temper-tantrum throwing brat with zero redeeming qualities. I despise him, and I hope he falls into a pit of angry rancors and nobody rescues him.

Also, why is his name Ben? That was a slap in the face to everyone who reads and loves the EU. Ben is LUKE’S son. And it doesn’t even make any sense that he would be named that. Han Solo had nothing but contempt for Obi Wan, and Leia never met the man. What would possess them to name their son after him? Arrrrrrrrgh.

Moving on.

Phasma. The worst villain side-kick ever (unless she’s secretly a double agent actually working for the Resistance) because she caved way too quickly and added nothing but cool armor to the movie.

Supreme Leader Snoke… was just ridiculous. With all the hype, I was expecting something new, something never before seen in the Star Wars Universe… not a large hologram of Gollum. Sorry.

But… I could forgive all of this. I truly could. I could overlook the plagiarism and the lame villains and the strange plot-holes like why Rey can speak Wookie and fly the Millenium Falcon as well as Han, or why Luke left a map so that people could find him if he didn’t want to be found, or why Luke disappeared in the first place,  or why Leia hugs perfect-stranger-Rey instead of Chewie near the end of the movie… all of that… all of that I could overlook because the movie was so much fun and the characters were so instantly lovable. One thing I have to say for Abrams, he knows how to make you fall in love with a character in 10 seconds or less.

However.

Elephant in the room.

You knew it was coming.

What I can’t forgive is the death of Han Solo.

Rule number 1 of writing in the Star Wars universe: YOU DON’T KILL HAN SOLO.

The end.

Or not the end. I know that this has been speculated on forever and ever and will continue to be until the next movie comes out. Personally, I’m not convinced he’s truly dead because 1) he fell down a huge shaft and we know that means nothing in the Star Wars universe… things are recovered from those all the time (apparently perfectly intact). Also, 2) I’m in denial.  3) Harrison Ford is in Episode VIII (and if it’s as a “jedi ghost” I’m gonna be even more upset because that breaks a whole host of other rules). And 4) Han lives on in the EU and I liked him better there anyway.

Nothing about that scene is okay. And nothing can make it okay. I don’t care if he did it trying to save his son, if he pushed the button himself in order to protect his son from going to the Dark Side, if he let it happen because he had an uncharacteristically un-Han-Solo-like moment of stupidity. It shouldn’t have happened. There was no reason for it to happen. And here’s the big final kicker: it didn’t make me sad… it only made me angry.

I’ve seen characters I love killed before. When done well, it tears out my heart and causes me to dissolve into tears. It’s hard to take, but I can accept it as right for the character or right for the story. This scene only made me mad. I wanted to post to facebook immediately after the credits began to roll this particular message:

“Jar Jar Abrams better hope he never meets me in person. Because I will punch him in the nose.”

I didn’t post it. But I wanted to. That was what Star Wars: The Force Awakens left me with.

I can watch the movie. I can even enjoy most of the movie – there are some awesome new characters in there. But honestly, it will never be one I can love. Unless that irredeemable moment somehow gets fixed (and by “fixed” I mean “Han Solo isn’t actually dead, because obviously there was a long delay between the Millenium Falcon taking off and the planet actually exploding because SOMEONE was able to track down and find Kylo Ren in the middle of the forest (filled with chasms and thigns) or he was able to stagger out of the forest and find a transport vessel that got him to safety before the planet imploded… so obviously there was more than enough time for Han to be retrieved and stuffed in a bacta tank as well”) in Episode 8… well, unless that happens…

In conclusion, I guess what I have to say is this: is this a worthy sequel to the original trilogy? Yes. It has its flaws, but it is a far better companion to the originals than the prequel trilogy was. It is a fun-filled romp through a galaxy far, far away. It is a wonderful introduction to a whole new generation (my sincere sympathies if you grew up in the era of the prequel trilogy…). It is very good Star Wars.

It’s just … not MY Star Wars.

And that is what I thought of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

I am actually very much looking forward to Rogue One this Christmas.

 

~ jenelle

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Rebeka

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. While I am not as dedicated a fan, I loved Han Solo and agree with many of your points. Ben unfortunately distracted me with how much his hair looked like something from a boy band. Also I’m college age and will prefer Han Solo over Ben to the end. ;)

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Derek

Well said. I appreciate your ending too. Its a fun story, and I think it’ll be a good launch point for the newest generation of Star Wars fans.

But it’s not my Star Wars.

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Allan James

Jenelle, this is BRILLIANT! I understand that “anger” is what motivated your “rant” but it has made me laugh like few things have recently. Your assessment of the “powerful, dangerous” Kilo Ren is hilarious. I totally agree. The fact that he gets trounced in the forest at the end of the movie by, as you aptly described…..hardly “cat woman” makes him seem ridiculous and yes, your description of him as “hardly worthy of college-aged girls adoration” is absolutely correct. I have to admit that I never knew your devotion to the Star Wars Universe was so engrained in your very fiber………….but if it wasn’t, I can’t imagine anyone being able to write a more accurate review of the Movie. If I never see it again……….I won’t be at all disappointed……..but after reading your review……..if I do see it again………I’m certain I will simply laugh at what I am watching. Your Review reminded me of a favorite scene in one of my all-time favorite (not) movies where the lead actor says……….”I know you think you have to do it………but you don’t” after he throws a baseball through a kitchen window and demonstrates beyond doubt……that he obviously never played baseball in his life!!!!!! That brief moment encapsulates Star Wars The Force Awakens………….for me! Thank you Jenelle………..I love your streams of consciousness!

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jenelle

Thank you! Your comment made my day! :) Always enjoy making you laugh!

And yes… War of the Worlds was lame… and Tom Cruise should never, ever, ever, ever take a role that requires him to throw a baseball again.

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DJ Edwardson

I’m pretty much onboard with you here. The death of Han Solo was pretty much unforgivable and there is no way to redeem the movie from that. Which is a shame, because it’s otherwise a pretty solid film. But here are a few thoughts/observations.

First off, from what I’ve read, it was actually Harrison Ford who pushed the script writers to kill off his character. Perhaps this is untrue, but the story goes that he never really liked playing Han Solo. He considered him sort of shallow and has wanted out of the franchise for some time. This may be complete and utter heresay, though. That’s just what I’ve heard. If that’s true, you might be punching the wrong person.

As for your unanswered questions, I had a couple of thoughts…

1. I never took it to mean that they completely drained the sun, just that the weapon used the sun’s power to fire. Maybe I missed something, but I just didn’t get the impression that it was a one-shot weapon.

2. I agree with you totally here. This was a real stretch. As a storm trooper surely Finn had some hand to hand combat training, but it made Kylo seem that much more lame that he couldn’t just instantly dispatch with these two neophytes. Does Jedi training count for nothing? Also, why did he even use a lightsaber? He force choked Rey once and knocked her out. So when she wakes up again, did he suddenly forget how to force choke someone? The whole climax was fraught with problems and inconsistencies.

6. There is actually a web comic that’s been released which explains why C3P-O’s arm is red. And it makes sense, so I’d encourage you to go look it up. Not sure if that was in the script and got cut or invented after the fact, but I agree, they should have just used his normal arm. It was a needless distraction. The real head scratcher is why he suddenly loses the arm at the end of the film.

And I’ll add a couple more. If the good guys have had the plans for the death star for 30 years, don’t you think maybe, just maybe if they found out the First Order was out for their heads, that they could have built one of their own?

Finally, the good guys are so concerned that Kylo might track down Uncle Luke. But can you imagine what would happen if they did? The guy is a JEDI MASTER. He’d just force push Ren and the entire Storm Trooper Legion into the upper atmosphere. I’m pretty sure Luke could take care of a guy that couldn’t even beat someone who had NEVER HELD A LIGHTSABER…which means that the entire premise of the plot is really, well, pointless. But let’s try not to think about that and just enjoy hearing Chewie’s roar and watching the Millennium Falcon make the jump to light speed one more time.

Enjoyed your post. :)

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jenelle

Harrison Ford asked George Lucas to kill off Han Solo in Return of the Jedi, but Lucas wouldn’t go for it. Ford felt that his character sort of became useless in that movie and wasn’t as “cool” or as meaningful in that film and wanted Lucas to kill him off… not because he hated the character, but because he always felt that Han’s death could add emotional weight to the story. Abrams felt someone had to die in the film to give it oomph. Originally, the sacrifice was to be Poe Dameron’s character… but they made that change and then decided to add in Han’s death later in the timeline of production. I cannot find the interview I read back in Dec. with Abrams, but it was pretty clear that the decision came sort of at the last minute as a way to “add guts” to the movie. Ford wasn’t necessarily thrilled or upset about it, from what I’ve read of his interviews on the subject… just sort of thoughtful and like, “Yeah, I can see how that could work.”

LOL I highly enjoyed your additions. Yeah, I’m not worried about Luke facing Kylo… he’s no match for Luke if he can’t even rid the galaxy of anyone who doesn’t walk right up to him and let him stab them through the heart.

Glad you enjoyed it!

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madelinejrose

HAAANNN SOOOLLOOOO!!!

*ahem*
Anywho… I found that I agree with you a lot. And liked that about Rey too, how she was still child-like, yet not a damsel in distress. :)
Great discussion, Jenelle! <3

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Ashley Stangl

I’ve noticed a huge split on this movie–the people who weren’t Star Wars fans before this movie tended to adore Ep. VII, but dedicated Star Wars fans either hated it or are lukewarm. Definitely true in this case, as I’m coming from the exact opposite perspective as you are–I’d seen all 6 of the movies exactly once, found them faintly interesting, and was very “meh” towards Star Wars as a whole–but I loved “The Force Awakens”. I wasn’t bothered by the Ep. IV similarities (until I did a rewatch), and most of the things you point out as plot holes, I see as backstory to be filled in by sequels (though they did leave a ridiculous number of things unexplained). And I find Kylo Ren scarier than Darth Vader *because* of his whiny tantrums–you never know when he’s going to snap, and that adds tension to his scenes.

It must be devastating as an EU fan to have that all erased by the new movie. But the bright side is, now you have TWO Star Wars universes, and can pick and choose the things you like from each. (It’s how I’m approaching the franchise now. My Star Wars includes some of the movies, bits from the audio drama and the Ep. III novelization). So maybe you can construct a Star Wars that includes BB-8 and Finn and Rey and also a living Han Solo.

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jenelle

Yes, there is definitely a wide variation in people’s reactions to this movie. I do hope that plot holes get filled in… but I watched (and was disappointed by) the LOST series and with Abrams leaving the Star Wars franchise, I have a bit of a sinking feeling that many of those holes won’t be filled in. (There are lots more questions that I didn’t ask, that I believe will be answered, or have been answered by the books/comics that have been written around this story, which is why I didn’t mention them)
:) Perhaps. :) Or I can simply continue to love the originals and the books, and be glad that my kids are getting to grow up with a reboot series of Star Wars that is far better than the prequel series was. ;)

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E.F.B.

I’m no where near the Star Wars fan you are. I enjoy the movies and the behind the scenes stuff and that’s about it. Still liked your review/discussion though. :) Nostril of Palpatine…*gigglesnort*

I personally really like Episode VII. Just rewatched it the other night, with my BB-8 set up to do the Watch-with-me feature. (His reactions are fun :)) Rey is my most favorite-est character evah! Doesn’t hurt that Daisy Ridley is the exact same age as me which makes her even cooler. :D ;) I also think Finn is cute in a lost-puppy kind of way.

Some not-particularly-serious responses to your questions and some other stuff: (I’ll have to reply to my own post a few times because this text box pushes the post button off my screen till it disappears as my post gets longer. Don’t know why, but, grrrrrrr.)

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E.F.B.

1. I assume the Nostril moves since it sucked up more than one star. Would think something that size moving around would be about as stealthy as Jamie Hyneman climbing up a metal air shaft with giant magnets like in that one episode of Mythbusters, though. (Adam: “Thor, the god of thunder is breaking into my building!”)
2. Because they’re both cool like that. :p
3. Umm… Dory’s short-term-memory loss turned viral and spread to everyone in the galaxy?
4. Because she’s cool like that.
5. Because they’re…NOT cool like that. Apparently. Oh, oh! Or maybe they loose some slicey/stabby power when they get really old!
6. Yeah, pretty much.

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E.F.B.

7.GollumMort… *dies* XD My theory is that he’s actually quite small (and therefore can hide easily), and just projects himself really big because he has a Napoleon complex. The deep, booming, voice probably isn’t real either.
8.Emo Kylo Ren is emo. And he has a really big nose. Just sayin. (I actually find him kind of funny.)
9.I don’t think Phasma is actually gone. She’s totes coming back later. Either that, or they totally wasted their money on a big-name actress who hardly got to do anything. (Which is the only reason Mark Hamill didn’t get paid even MORE for just standing there mouth-breathing.)
10.My ridiculous theory is that Leia hugged Rey either because she’s either secretly Rey’s mother (and Ben is Rey’s brother) OR she secretly knows Rey and knows where she came from and who her parents really are.

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E.F.B.

11.My mom can’t forgive Abrams for killing Han Solo either. I actually was a little upset about it too when I first looked up spoilers (so I wouldn’t be upset in the theater) and read about it. Space dragons eat you, Abrams. :p Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure Han is really dead because, quite frankly, and sadly, Harrison Ford doesn’t seem to *want* to come back. But money does talk, so maybe if they pay him enough…
12.My final conclusion about the movie? So. Many. Lens. Flares.
And yes, yes, I did grow up in the era of the prequel trilogy. *shudders* (Actually, I liked them when I was young and innocent and didn’t know better, but now the cardboard acting is just painful. Ewan McGregor seemed to have fun with his role, at least.)

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jenelle

Your comments are AWESOME!!!!

*giggles happily*

So happy you enjoyed my GolluMort moment and Nostril of Palpatine references (sadly, I can’t take credit for either… but I enjoyed getting to use them in sentences).

3. Bwahahahahahaha
8. Yes, his nose is quite large.
10. I actually am sort of half-expecting to find out that Rey and Ben are long-lost twins. Because: Star Wars. Or cousins.
11. Harrison Ford will be in Episode VIII, actually. It’s been leaked/confirmed several times. Also, Harrison Ford has been super cagey about not actually ever saying that Han Solo is really dead. Despite rumors to the contrary, I can’t actually find any interview evidence that Ford is particularly happy about Han’s death… he’s more “accepting” of it because he wanted Han to go out doing something noble and heroic, and add some gravity to the movie… but he will be in Ep. VIII….
12. I didn’t notice that many lens flares after the initial night scene?

Ewan McGregor (and, to some extent, Liam Neeson, because Liam Neeson is always awesome) were definitely redeeming factors in the prequel trilogy. Also, finding out that Anakin built 3PO and R2 adds a lot of hilarity to the original trilogy whenever 3PO utters his famous, “Thank the Maker” phrase!

Ewan McGregor did an interview on Top Gear (UK) once and talked about Star Wars a bit, he said he liked Star Wars, “Not the ones I was in, but the originals.” and then described sitting on a green box in a completely green room with Lucas shouting at them, “Look at the moons! Look at the MOONS!” and all the actors being like, “WHAT MOONS?!?!?!”

It was entertaining.

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E.F.B.

The lens flares get less obvious after the night scene, but they’re still there if you look for them. I specifically noticed them when they fired the Nostril at the planets and when Rey had the lightsaber-induced Force-vision thingy. I just enjoy looking for them. :)

LOL, I’ll have to look for that interview! Reminds me of poor Ian McKellen breaking down in tears on the “green screen purgatory” set of Bag End for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and saying that “This is not why I became an actor!” Poor guy. Green screen is not nice to actors.

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jenelle

I am going to have rewatch the movie and keep an eye out for the lens flares, now. ;)

Yeah, I really felt sorry for him during that part of the extended features. I appreciated all the explanation of why the green screen environment is so hard for the actors… explains a lot about the Star Wars prequels.

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Savannah

If I had any popcorn left by the time we got to Han Solo’s death scene, I think I would have accosted everyone sitting in the next two rows. Pretty sure that was the worst moment in cinematic history. Period. He’s HAN SOLO. You don’t kill him off in such a pointless way. He would die saving the universe on board his Falcon, not at the hands of his bratty teenage son.

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