Like many kids my age, I grew up watching Star Wars. However, unlike most kids I watched Star Wars on laser disc because my dad is ON (original nerd). You know what I’m talking about, the guys that stood in line to see the original Star Wars because the technology used was going to be different from anything they’d ever seen before it.
Needless to say, when my sister and I came home for Christmas, seeing Star Wars was at the top of our family to do list.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into this. All I knew was that I could expect the return of several favorites from the original cast like Han Solo and Chewbacca. Also, that the new additions to the cast were a girl and a black guy (yay for diversity!).
SPOILERS AHEAD! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!
The guy, Finn, is a stormtrooper that helps free one of the Resistance pilots from the First Order in an effort to escape being the killer he was conditioned to be. The girl, Rey, is a scavenger on Jakku that stumbles upon the previously mentioned pilots bot, BB-8 (this episodes version of R2D2).
The bad guys track the escaped stormtrooper and the BB-8 to Jakku where Rey helps them escape by stealing a ship which they find out is actually the Millennium Falcon when Han and Chewie try to take it from them.
They then join forces (no pun intended) in an effort to get BB-8 back to the Resistance with the map leading to Luke Skywalker. Along the way we find out that the new Darth Vader incarnate, Kylo Ren, is the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia aka Darth Vader’s grandson. Let me tell you, their son did not get either of their good looks. I think he was more terrifying with his mask off then with it on.
Han tries to convince his son that there is some good left in him but his son instead takes the opportunity to stab him with a light saber instead. Also, this death reminded me of Luke’s fight with Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back even though there wasn’t really a fight between the two of them in this case.
This leads to a battle of the light sabers between Kylo Ren and Rey with her newly found out force abilities. While this battle is going on, the pilots are attempting to blow up the Starkiller Base in a very similar manner to how Luke blew up the Death Star in episode 4.
Of course the good guys win because the light side always wins over the dark side. The movie ends with Rey, Chewie, and the newly invigorated R2D2 flying to an island where Rey finds Luke and returns his light saber to him just in time for the end credits to roll.
What I learned: Star Wars has some major daddy issues. Seriously, how many fathers and sons have tried to kill each other in this franchise? Maybe they just need to go to therapy so they can talk it out.
My predictions: Kylo Ren isn’t dead and will be back in the next installment. Also, Rey is Luke’s daughter which is why his light saber called to her and he will train her to be a Jedi.
Additional thoughts: I really liked how this movie made a girl smart and strong. This is not to say that Leia was not either of those in the previous movies. However, in this movie the girl was able to fly, fix things, and defend herself. While she did need help from her friends to do so, she didn’t sit around waiting for a man to save her which as you might know from some of my previous reviews I appreciate. I really enjoyed this movie and how the female lead was empowered. I hope they keep this up in the next installment of Star Wars.
Do you agree with my thoughts or predictions? There are several fan theories about Rey’s identity floating around, which one do you think is right? Let me know in the comments!
And may the force be with you.