There will be a spoiler review, although I’m not committing to writing it tonight. If I do, it’ll be password-protected. The password will be SKYWALKER, all caps. Just so you know.
Note that for the purposes of this conversation “spoiler” means “something you do not already know if you have watched the trailers and seen the toys.”
So. We ready? Okay.
(Sits and thinks for ten minutes)
(May not, in fact, be ready)
…I actually don’t know what I thought of that, guys. I Tweeted a one-word review after walking out of the theater, and the one word was “Worthy.” And I’ll stick with that, and I’ll say that if you’re a Star Wars fan you should definitely see this movie, and if you’re not a Star Wars fan you probably ought to see this movie anyway. In fact, I think that there are some weaknesses to the film that will only be visible to people who have seen the movies a million times before.
I will say that this movie features two of the finest performances– from Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley– that I have ever seen in a Star Wars movie. In fact, screw it, there’s no competition: Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver have the two best performances in Star Wars history, period, and their scenes together are amazing.
I guess that’s a spoiler. Rey and Kylo Ren meet, guys. I hope I didn’t just ruin the movie for you. Some of the other performances are not as good. Harrison Ford is mostly kind of embarrassing, actually, although he redeems himself toward the end of the film.
Here’s part of my frustration, and I think I can do this without getting into details: a lot of this movie isn’t going to be something I can fairly evaluate until I see at least the next film. If you’re someone who will see that as a weakness… well, be prepared for it. There’s a lot of stuff quickly passed over, or not explained, or just assumed, and I’m okay with waiting until Episodes 8 or 9 to fill in some of the details. If you aren’t like that, adjust expectations downward.
I have a very tangled relationship with my own Star Wars fandom, guys, and if you’ve been following my blog since the first trailers for this dropped you may have felt some of that ambivalence. I was in line, in costume, for three days for Episode I. I saw it ten times in the theater. By the time Episode III came out the lines really weren’t a phenomenon any longer, but I still saw that one at least two or three times. Right now, my main relationship to Star Wars is through the books, and the books by and large have not been very good lately. My wife and I talked last week about watching a Star Wars movie a day until this one came out. We didn’t rewatch any of them. I can’t bring myself to any longer. I can no longer enjoy watching the prequels; a decade-plus of arguing about them has drained whatever fun they might once have had out of them, and even the thought of watching the OT frustrates me now because the movies have been altered so much and in so many different ways that I no longer even feel like I know what I’m watching. The way I’ve phrased it before is that I will love Star Wars until I die; I’m just not interested in being a fan any longer.
I’m not sure this movie helped. I told my wife earlier that my main goal was to not be sad when I walked out of the theater, and I wasn’t. But that was a couple of hours ago, and the initial exhilaration has already worn off and I’m not sure what it’s been replaced with.
I can’t take my son to it, either. Not yet.
There’s going to be a Star Wars movie a year forever now, guys. That was the last one we get to look forward to. Was it a worthy Star Wars film? Did JJ do a good job? Yeah. Do I want to see it again? Sure.
I’m just not sure if I’m happy about it.