Saturday, January 16, 2016


Given how busy I've been lately, and without the time to update this blog very often, I called in the reserves:  my beautiful daughter Melody.  She agreed to do a guest post about STAR WARS:  THE FORCE AWAKENS.  Here's her review:


This was a movie.
I've seen it twice, and I caught a lot more when I watched it a second time. The first time, though, would always be the best because you don't know what to expect, and, to be honest, I cried for half the movie. I honestly didn't expect any of that. Literally the only thing I knew about this was that Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) were in it.
In my opinion, this was one of the best Star Wars movies. The only problem that I had was that it had basically the same outline as Episode 4, A New Hope. I was confused as to why Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) was wearing a helmet, though. He clearly didn't need it. But I guess it was to give you the feeling that he was like a new and improved Darth Vader, because that's what I got from it.
We've been watching the original Star Wars movies lately, and we've picked up that the sentence "I have a bad feeling about this" and the famous Wilhelm scream were used in every single movie. This was no exception for TFA, as in the beginning, in the Storm Troopers scene, where they're attacking the planet of Jakku at the beginning (I think), it can be heard in the background if you listen carefully, but we didn't notice it until the second time we watched it. Also, when Han, Rey, Finn, and Chewie are about to be arrested by the Storm Troopers in the battle at Takodana, Han casually mentions that he 'has a bad feeling about this'.
What really got to me was Han's death. I genuinely thought that Ren was going to turn back and go home with him, but clearly I should've not made assumptions about him. I cried when he fell over the edge, and I kept telling myself after that that he was going to be in the next movie, that he had landed on a ship or something, and that he had made it out of the planet alive before it exploded. But I guess you can't land on a ship and make it out of a planet before it explodes.
TFA left me with questions about Rey. I am confused as to who she is related to. It must be someone who was a Jedi, but it can't be Luke because as far as we know he never fell in love with anyone. Also, how did she know how to use the Force when she had been captured on Kylo's ship?
Mark Hamill's part at the end also got to me. It seemed really odd for him to have a 30 second part in a Star Wars movie.
My favorite part was when Han and Leia saw each other for the first time. I liked how Han's first words to her were "You changed your hair," because of course that would be the first thing he notices.
Overall, this was a really excellent movie. It is definitely now one of my favorites. I had no idea what to expect, and it came out better then I expected. I had my doubts at first, because I heard that people were saying that it was a bad movie, but watching it changed my mind completely. If you haven't seen it yet, you certainly should.

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