Hello bookworms and welcome back! Monday, as you know is home to my own original feature: Monday Musings wherein I bring you non-bookish discussion posts and today I am bringing you all something a little special – it’s a movie chat! I am not calling it a review, because I am by no means an expert on movies and their technicalities. And what movie are we chatting about exactly? STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. WOOOOO!
LET’S DO THIS BECAUSE I HAVE MUCH TO
FANGIRL ABOUT SAY
Ah, Star Wars. Coming in as my second favourite thing to fangirl about (Lord of the Rings is the first, of course), I absolutely adore Star Wars. I love all of the movies – yes, ALL of them. I love the concept, the world, the story, THE CHARACTERS. I’ve played video games based off the movie series. When I was younger, I imagined what it would be like if I was a Jedi, or if Jedi’s were real. I love everything about Star Wars.
So when I found out that a new Star Wars movie was coming out, I had a mini heart attack – to be honest, I had NO idea there was going to be another one, I thought it was all over. But dang, am I happy that they’re continuing to make more Star Wars movies, and this latest movie was an absolute stunner. Let me explain to you why (FANGIRLING AHEAD, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED).
Reasons Why Star Wars: The Force Awakens was flipping fabulous
THE FILM SCORE/SOUNDTRACK
From the moment the movie began, it was like a fireworks display of nostalgia, and my heart was fluttering with feels. Even though it’s been along time since the last movie, it hardly feels as though there was any time difference between them because we get a burst of some of the classic songs that we know so well from the past movies – such as the opening track, the soundtrack that accompanies ‘the force’, the music we know so well that associates with Han and Leia.
But, of course, there are an array of new soundtracks that make this movie absolutely marvellous. If you haven’t watched the movie yet, I suggest looking up the entire movie soundtrack on Spotify (I’m listening to it right now and it’s giving me so many feels. SO MANY.)
Also, the music at the very last moment in the movie almost made me cry – all that nostalgia, man!
REY: THE PROTAGONIST
First of all: YES FOR FEATURING A KICK-BUTT, INDEPENDENT FEMALE LEAD. Rey is truly an epic protagonist and it actually makes me so happy to see a girl feature as the star of the show and the one with the gifts. Sure, we had Princess Leia featuring as a pretty kick-butt female, but I just was a female jedi, because, you know… Why not? Rey is independent, she is tough as rocks, she knows exactly what she wants and she goes for it. However, the only thing I worry about in relation to her character is that, so far, she is without many faults (and flawless characters are never fun – COME ON, GIVE ME SOME FLAWS TO WORK WITH).
FEMINISM FEELS ALL AROUND!
First Rey – a strong, independent girl with a powerful gift of the Force; and then Leia – the leader of the Resistance! Dang, I could literally feel waves of feminism going on in this movie. AND I LOVED IT. See? Men aren’t always the most powerful ones, Star Wars has said so.
There were some moments in the movie where I could see a blossoming of a bromance – I’m not sure, but whatever it was, it was adorable and I hope this bromance continues.
HAN SOLO AND CHEWBACCA
Yaaaaaasssss. Han Solo is of course a favourite, as is Chewbacca. For them NOT to make an appearance would be a big mistake for this movie. I was so happy to see them back again, doing what they do. And the scene between Han Solo and Leia? SO MANY FEELS. But gosh, there was also a little bit of heartbreak too, which I will not go into any further detail about because of spoilers.
Where has Luke Skywalker disappeared to? That’s the question that hangs above your head while watching the entirety of this movie. I loved the mystery and was caught on the edge of my seat just waiting to find out. More than that, I wanted to know so badly WHY he disappeared, and if they would actually find Luke in the end.
And let me just say that the cliffhanger at the end is torturing my brain.
Some Not-So-Good Things?
So yes, it’s no secret that I loved this new Star Wars movie a whole lot, but there are some things that I wanted to point out, that kind of got on my nerves a little bit.
THE HINT OF A POSSIBLE ROMANCE?
Now, I can’t say that there is going to be a romance, or that there was any hint of a romance, but this is just was I interpreted between Rey and Finn. Every time something happened when these two interacted that almost hinted at a growing romance, I internally cringed. I don’t know what it is, but i really hope there is no future romance between the two of them! Because, I just… I just can’t.
This may just be because this is the movie that is laying down the foundation for future events, but Ren – the antagonist in the film – just felt a little strange. For me, I think he was a very weak villain. He’s extremely flawed, and his temper – that boy has a temper indeed! But maybe he is going to be the kind of villain who is on a path to redemption: and I really hope so because I want to see this unfold!
There is an indication to a bigger threat, Snoke, and I did enjoy how this was only hinted at, which gives anticipation for the next movie and leaves a lot of mystery to be pondered about. And the soundtrack dedicated to him is sinister as heck!