Sunday, April 17, 2016
Star Wars Watch: Star Wars - The Force Awakens (2015) round 4
I finally busted out my disk of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) (or, Star Wars VII as the kids are calling it).
I'm pleased it held up so well upon a fourth viewing and a non-theatrical viewing at that, where distractions abound and I'm more likely to lean back and take a more critical view of a movie. And, now knowing the plot reflects many milestone elements of Episode IV, all of that really falls into the background and I can just enjoy what the actors are doing, the sets, the vehicles, and all that stuff you get to like about a movie you watch over and over like Star Wars or Star Trek or, in my case, Captain America or the Superman movies.
It's also funny to see how I relate to the new characters in comparison to the Episode IV - VI characters I grew up with. My feelings regarding Rey and Finn are oddly... paternalistic. My "empathy" characters, the ones I understand or relate more to at this point in my life are still Han, Leia, Chewie and Luke.
I'm incredibly impressed with the talent of John Boyega and Daisy Ridley and love the characters created by the actors and behind-the-lens crew. These are fun characters to follow, not an obligation because that's who the camera is pointed at in a movie called "Star Wars".
Certainly, one can imagine Lawrence Kasdan and his contemporaries involved know a bit more about kids, failed marriages, etc... now than they did 30 years ago. And, at its heart, Star Wars is a family melodrama about a very messed up clan. So there's quite a bit for the old favorites.
But I watch Finn and Rey discovering the Millennium Falcon and even finding each other not with skepticism, but excitement at the passing of torches, of new characters I can enjoy, if not identify with (or, wish to be). Alas, my heart doesn't go pitter-patter for a girl young enough to be my daughter, but still for Princess Leia stepping off that Resistance command ship. But, man, watching Finn has all the hallmarks of how I saw myself faking it as a younger me. "We'll use the force!"
And, yes, I still take a little kid's delight in all the spaceship battles, whether its the amazing "graveyard" sequence with the Falcon on Jakku or a squadron of X-Wings coming in low over a lake on Takodana or storming Starkiller Base, and watch lightsaber battle with popped eyes, especially among rookies taking up the only fight that matters.
Here's to Star Wars being back and something I care about all over again.