Everyone is talking about it: the new Star Wars movie. Some hated it, some loved it, but the more important thing is that it happened. After 32 years of waiting and three prequels in between, the next movie has finally arrived, and as expected, it came in with a bang. As projected, the film has almost overcome Avatar for top grossing domestic film by reaching $700 million in a mere sixteen days, a feat that took the film Avatar over two months.
Personally, I thought this movie was a great continuation of a classic series. J.J. Abrams was really able to keep the feel of the original series while making The Force Awakens its own movie. One thing that I liked about it was that it had more humor than the original series. While many of the scenes were repeats from Episodes IV-VI, there were also many funny conversations and one liners completely unique to this movie.
One complaint I have about the movie is that the plot seemed to repeat several main events from the original movie. While bringing back nostalgic memories from the original series is a good thing to an extent, many people complain that the plot of the movie was just a repeat of A New Hope. However, I think as long as Episodes VIII and XI stay original, the series will be a success.
MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW
So, getting right into things… Han Solo’s death scene. As Harrison Ford got older and older, it was pretty much inevitable. There’s just no way the actor could make it through six more movies; he already suffered a broken leg during the filming of Episode VII. While I did feel like my heart was getting ripped out when Kylo Ren stabbed his father with his lightsaber, I still can’t help feeling like there’s still hope for Ben Solo. Kylo Ren admitted feeling the call to the light again, and I feel like a redemption arc is going to be present in Episodes VIII & IX.
This whole series is about bringing balance to the force, and I feel like whatever happens to Rey and Kylo Ren will do just that. Rey is the polar opposite of Kylo Ren, especially if you get into what many people are theorizing about The Force Awakens.
One of the dominant theories about Rey’s parentage is that she is Luke’s daughter. Obviously there are some issues with this, one of them being that Luke is a Jedi Knight, and he is not supposed to have kids. However, this theory fits well with both Kylo Ren and Rey being the grandchildren of Anakin Skywalker, the character that started this whole trilogy: Kylo Ren, the son of Anakin’s daughter, and Rey, the daughter of Anakin’s son. The parallels would line up perfectly for them to bring balance to the force as Kylo uses the dark side of the force and Rey uses the light.