Hearing the opening “Star Wars” theme caused an endorphin rush and made me feel like a kid again.
Harrison Ford as Han Solo
Harrison Ford’s performance as Han Solo, who was my favorite character in the “Star Wars” movie series, was uninspired and lethargic. I read that he had long wanted George Lucas to kill off Solo. He obviously decided at some point he was none too keen to appear in any more films in the franchise beyond “Return of the Jedi.” Maybe he was never too enthusiastic about being in any of the” Star Wars” productions. Perhaps he insisted that Solo die in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as a condition for his appearing in the feature.
How come Solo’s best buddy Chewbacca comes across as a whiny crybaby in the movie? I remember him as a tough “guy.” Did the 2016 version of “Star Wars” call for him to be in touch with his Wookiee feminine side? Why did he not have any gray hairs like the rest of the returning cast members from the first three “Star Wars” films?
How come so many inhabitants in this “Star Wars” production’s universe had British accents?
Why is it that one does not need to aim a blaster to hit what you are shooting at? If everyone who is hit by a blaster is thrown back twenty feet why does the same thing not happen when one fires the blaster? (It is just basic Physics.)
Why are they called “lightsabers” when a saber is by definition a curved weapon that is designed to be wielded by a man on horseback? Could it not have been called a lightsword? The knights of old used swords not sabers.
Those behind the feature made a point to be diverse in writing and casting good guys fighting for the light side. I have no problem with this. My young daughter loved Daisy Ridley’s character Rey. It could be that my memory is failing me, but I think with a single exception, all of the movies’ bad guys were white males. The exception I can remember noticing was a lone woman. Since she had blond hair, she was presumably white as well. How come the villains of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” were not as equally diverse as its heroes?
Kylo Ren (portrayed by Adam Driver) looked more like Marilyn Manson’s son than Han Solo’s son. His wardrobe looked like it was designed by someone from the cast of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”
I do not recall seeing a film that was more deserving of the term “action packed.” It was a very good flick, but I do not believe it deserves to be ranked the most popular film ever released. Since it will go on to be the world’s highest grossing feature-length production, it will be able to lay claim to the title.
The look and mannerisms of Oscar Isaac, who played Poe Dameron, seemed more suited to an NYC police drama than a “Star Wars” movie. I was, for a short time, happy when he appeared to die for the cause. There was nothing wrong with his acting performance. He was just a bad fit for a “Star Wars” movie.
How come Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker aged so much better than the rest of his fellow cast members from the first three movies? Does mastering the force slow down the aging process? Giving Luke almost no role in the production was a good strategy because it made me look forward to his presumably very large role in the next installment of the saga.
Subtle Visual Touches
I very much want to see the feature again since there was so much going on at almost all times I am sure I missed some of the film’s more subtle visual touches.
The homages to the first three movies, and the 1977 release in particular, were great.
Father time is an unforgiving S.O.B.!
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