In light of the upcoming film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the fact that I haven’t written on this platform in awhile…. Here is a revisited movie review by your favorite angry veteran.
The Force Does Indeed Awaken, every year now
Looks like I’ll be getting the chance to review these bad boys every year for the renewable future—thanks to Disney. There are six Star Wars movies planned from next weeks Star Wars: Rogue One until 2020!
I watched The Force Awakens again the other night while sitting down to get some work done. And I have to admit, as much as I am bitter about the fact that the plot was wholly unoriginal—I mean completely echoing Episode IV—I enjoyed the movie and wanted to expand on my thoughts.
Yeah, Rey does seem overtly far-too-badass-for-a-first-time-force-user in the film. But I have a new theory. Stick with me.
Rey is luke skywalkers naboo-bian lovechild
Going back to the original trilogy, we only see Luke being romantically interested in his sister. I mean come on, for the guy who’s the son of Darth Vader, you’d think he’d get a little more, ‘yeah, I’ve got a bit of a bad streak in me’ when flirting with the Twi’Lek dancing girls of Tatooine. Somewhere in there, Luke gets a little booty. At least some Jedi groupies, amirite?
In The Force Awakens, we learned that Han and Leia had a falling out over Kylo Ren, their own emo Darth Vader kid. Grandpa was a part of the greatest generation, dad! Han mentions to Rey that the reason Skywalker is in exile is because he started a Jedi Academy and failed a student. This student is Kylo Ren. Luke, the very last of the Jedi, by the way, is being hunted to extinction by the New Order. Of course he had to hide his force sensitive child, and he did it the only way he knew how. A desert planet. (they rhyme, you see?)
Luke is helping Rey Open to the Force
In my first review, The Force Awakens Angry Veteran Review, I said Rey was too simple of a character for me. But I’m gonna change that up. She’s more the unwitting victim of the campaign to keep her a secret. She doesn’t even understand her capability yet—because Luke is using his powers through her.
Think about it: her first Force awakening was through the lightsaber. Some object that would have immense connection to Luke Skywalker, the one he got from Obi-Wan Kenobi. There are several clues as well, the voices that whirl around her not only as she touches the saber but also when she is fighting Ren—she has help.
This makes rey a deeper character
Remember what I said in the last review, Rey didn’t have to work for her powers? This makes her a deeper character. Of course, I could be wrong, and we’ll have to wait until next year to find out, but I’d like to see her a bit more disenfranchised with her powers than what happened in TFA.
Star Wars:ROgue One is shot ‘documentary style’
Onto the main event. Rogue One is supposed to be shot ‘documentary style’ which is interesting. There’s less of a focus on Jedi and force magic powers than there is actual story—here’s to hoping that instead of a twenty minute CG lightsaber battle there’s some actual freaking.
Of course, we know how the film ends. Of course they get the Death Star plans. And let me point out that this is the FOURTH Star Wars film with a death star main plot in it. Out of seven. Meh. I’m still gonna watch it. Maybe that’s why they keep making this stuff.
And No, the Empire isn’t a White Supremacist Organization
I can’t believe that in this day and age, you can’t enjoy a flick without having politics jammed down your ear canal and eyeballs. CLICK, sir. One of the head writers for Star Wars: Rogue One kept tweeting things about how the Empire is a White Supremacist Organization and let me tell you, if you start reading this stuff, you’re gonna go down a dark rabbit hole of your childhood.
Dude deleted his tweets because Disney has a rather neutral policy on this—have you even seen Zootopia? This movie even puts social justice warriors in their place.
I’m giving you a chance, Disney! And I’m gonna come back with a hot review right here for you with my Angry Veteran hat.