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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Star Wars: the Force Awakens (spoiler alert)

Star Wars is the kind of movie you should see in IMAX 3D.  Of course, that means getting to the theater very, very early if you want to have a choice of seats.  Drew and I were first on line.  Yes, we are crazy.   And I almost killed him -- I didn't read any reviews, didn't want any spoilers, and he casually mentioned that Leia had become a general.

 Coming attractions brought us trailers for Star Trek, Batman and Captain America -- sounds like we're going to have a few movies to see next summer.

And then the lights went down, that familiar theme music began to play and the familiar words scrolled across the screen.

The movie pays homage to the original in so many ways.  A secret hidden in a Droid, an orphan raised on a desert planet, a battle to destroy a planet-killing machine.

Han Solo doesn't show up until almost an hour into the movie, Leia much later than that, and Luke...

Instead, the initial focus is on a younger generation: Finn, the former storm trooper with a conscience; Rey, the orphan girl who is an incredible pilot;  and Kylo Ren, grandson of Darth Vader, anxious  to follow in his footsteps.

I like that Ren turned out to be Ben Solo, the son of Han and Leia, pulled towards the light even as he seeks out the dark.  Sets things up for the next movie.  Interesting that we never hear his real name until the final confrontation with his father.

I had a feeling Rey was a Skywalker even before her mystical encounter at the cantina.  I suspect that she is Luke's child.  Can't wait for the next movie.

I saw an interesting parallel between the Force Awakens and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  but while Indiana Jones reunites with a lost love and discovers his son, Han Solo's reunion with his ex is brief, he is estranged from his son, and the story ends with a death instead of a wedding.

When Han died, I cried.

It's good to see the spirit of the original three films back.  JJ Abrams was the oerfect choice to direct this movie.  Can't wait to see the enxt one.

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