Thirty years have passed since the Galactic Civil War and the events on the moon of Endor. A new regime has risen from the decimated Galactic Empire. The First Order seeks to wipe out the New Republic.
A new rebel group known as The Resistance has emerged, backed by the New Republic and led by General Leia Organa to oppose everything that is going on with the First Order. In a desperate attempt to helps save the galaxy once again, Leia is on a mission to find her brother, Luke Skywalker, who has gone missing…disappearing into myth and legend.
Resistance pilot Poe Dameron has sought out and successfully discovered a map that is said to lead to the legendary Jedi Knight. While on Jakku retrieving the data, he is captured by members of the First Order and their leader Kylo Ren. Little do they know that the map has been hidden in a BB-8 unit and sent to hide in the vast desert. As Dameron is being tortured by Kylo Ren himself, a First Order Stormtrooper attempts to defect taking Poe with him to get them off the base.
Meanwhile on Jakku, a scavenger named Rey runs into and saves BB-8. As Poe and Finn, the defecting Trooper, crash planet side they discover that they are about to need to run far and fast if they are going to make it away from the First Order. When Finn and Rey accidently cross paths they steal the Millennium Falcon to avoid capture they set in motion a series of events that no one could predict would happen. Will the Resistance be able to stop the First Order or will the Republic fall once again to the Dark Side?
-Genre: Space Opera
-Creator: based on the universe created by George Lucas
-Length: 135 minutes
-Rating: PG-13 (moderate science-fiction violence and gore, mild profanity, moderate frightening and intense scenes)
-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library
-Main Cast: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow
-Page of Reference in RP1: 62
Review (contains spoilers):
So, I’ll probably be called a bad geek (and have been in many other instances) but I actually love the newest trilogy for the Skywalker Saga. The characters like Rey and Poe, even Finn at times, are all extremely relatable to me. They have real emotions and pasts that I connect to very easily. I even love the struggle that Kylo Ren begins in this film is something that I enjoyed experiencing.
That being said though there are a lot of things that I do find difficult about the series. It isn’t exactly the most even footed of the set. But I’ll leave more of that for the final episode review to not give away too much in this episode.
In this movie I feel like everything is a little to fast paced. Its sometimes feels like they tried to shove 3 movies worth of information into one film. And while none of it truly feels forced the way a lot of the exposition does in Episode 1 of the series…it just…it’s a lot.
There is a lot going on and that is totally fine. But I feel like quite a bit of it could have happened in the second film and it would have felt a little more balanced.
There are lots of little parallels to Episode 4 in this film. Between the journey that Rey begins and all the other returning characters it is nice to know that, while people developed and grew and changed, they still stayed very much the same.
And Kylo Ren is one of my favorite characters, particularly for his redemption arc. He is so ridiculously strong in the Force but struggles with balance. It is truly a fight that is as old as time. Finding balance in life. Fighting evil.
I defiantly think this film is far better than Episodes 1-3…regardless of its flaws.