Star Wars opened in theaters on December 18, 2015, to great success. There are a number of awesome aspects of the new blockbuster movie that simply must be discussed and dissected. But be forewarned, what lies ahead contains nothing but spoilers!
First and foremost – and perhaps most heartbreaking – is the death of Han Solo. Yup, that’s right. Solo is no more, killed by his own son.
The Independent reports that J.J. Abrams spoke at a Q&A that followed the screening of the Star Wars movie at the Writers Guild of America. It was during this Q&A that he revealed why they killed off perhaps the most iconic character of the entire franchise.
“Star Wars had the greatest villain in cinema history. So, how you bring a new villain into that world is a very tricky thing. We knew we needed to do something f***ing bold. The only reason why Kylo Ren has any hope of being a worthy successor is because we lose one of the most beloved characters. It’s this massive tradeoff. How can we possibly do that!? But… if we hadn’t done that, the movie wouldn’t have any guts at all. It felt very dangerous.”
Check out the Star Wars Han Solo death scene here, along with some hammed-up reactions.
Of course, some fans have concocted a plot twist that has Kylo Ren serving as a double agent. According to the Independent, the theory is that Ren is infiltrating the dark side to defeat Snoke and has become corrupted by the power.
In line with this theory, his act of killing Solo was either due to the corruption of the Dark Side or because he had to in order to keep up appearances. Either way, he committed his unforgivable act that prompted Snoke to recall him to complete his Sith training.
But there are also many fans who are questioning parts of the new Star Wars movie, including errors and plot details that seem unconvincing. The Daily Mail reports that there are a number of plot points that can be questioned. For instance, how was Finn able to fight so effectively against Ren?
“Kylo Ren, master of the Dark Side, fights former janitor Finn in a lightsaber duel and yet never uses the Force, which would have killed Finn (and ended the movie much sooner). It makes no sense that Ren barely wins his duel with the untrained Finn. And why fight with lightsabers rather than drawing blasters, which kill instantly?”
— Joe Dameron (@FireEmblem97) November 11, 2015
Other plot points that are questionable include how Rey can fight and use the force so well when she just found out she has it, why Rey could speak Wookie so well having grown up on Jakku, why the Millennium Falcon is intact and flight worthy after sitting for years in a Jakku junk yard, and why they are just finding out that R2-D2 knows how to find Luke Skywalker.
.@SonnyBunch great job! Another issue: where did Rey learn to speak wookie? It's supposed to be extremely rare to understand the language.
— Eric (@manwith2brains7) January 1, 2016
— Joshua Yehl (@JoshuaYehl) December 1, 2015
Despite these weaknesses, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a fantastic movie with plenty of action that does live up to the Star Wars name. And for anyone who needs to watch the old Star Wars movies before going to see the new one – which is recommended, otherwise they will see spoilers to the previous movies – Forbes reports that the best order in which to watch them is in the order of their release.
So don’t watch the Star Wars movies in order of the episodes, because the original three movies are episodes 4-6. Watch those first! As for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, check out the trailer, if you haven’t already.
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