TO BEGIN WITH, IF ANYONE IS LOOKING TO ME FOR SPOILERS, DON'T BOTHER! YOU'RE BETTER OFF TROLLING SOMEPLACE ELSE! However, if you want to read about the new Star Wars movie, "The Force Awakens", then go ahead and keep reading. Ok, then...here we go.
To start with, I have to say I feel a lot older now than when I first saw the original "Star Wars" in 1977, when I was nine. Now I'm 47, and I never actually expected to see a new Star Wars movie that took place 30 years AFTER "The Return of the Jedi", which is something they should have done years ago, instead of all that wasted prequel crap. And not only that, but to have the original cast in the movie as well, made me both joyous and nostalgic. We're not talking about newcomers to the franchise wanting to make untold billions in movie and merchandising royalties, we're talking about the ACTUAL Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), and let us not forget Chewbacca, R2-D2 and oh, yeah, C-3PO. Although, to be honest, Chewbacca was one of the original characters who was in the prequels as well. Yes, I know this for a fact. *sigh* One thing that did surprise me was that Yoda was nowhere to be seen, although I guess that makes sense since he died and became one with the Force in "Jedi" all those years ago.
The premise of the movie, for those who haven't seen it yet, is that this new story takes place some thirty years after Luke Skywalker and the original heroes helped defeat the Empire, Darth Vader, the Emperor, the whole kit-n-kaboodle, and were free to go their separate ways, although perhaps not so for Han and Leia, who were obviously going to get married by the end of "Jedi". Of course, R2 and 3PO were able to co-star in the prequels and remain a solid comic relief team for droids everywhere. Same droid marriage now! (hahaha!)
The new story focuses on a new threat to the galaxy(What?! Again???) and an upstart group called the First Order has risen from the long-smoldered ashes of the original Empire, with a new Sith lord to fear and yes, a new Emperor to worry about. We find a couple of unlikely heroes in two people who are pretty different from each other and their backgrounds, but share certain things in their pasts, which makes for an interesting story dynamic for them both. As the story moves along, we're introduced to a young girl named Rey, who lives on a desert planet called Jakku, and makes her way through life as a scavenger, eeking out an existence, although miserable it may be. You should see this place, for old Star Wars geeks like me it's like an old, run-down museum of past Star Wars ships and memorabilia that we would love to walk through, without having to be scavengers, of course. There are old X-Wing fighters, derelict star destroyers that have long since fallen apart, AT-AT walkers looking like old Volkswagen Beetles and various other ships that I won't mention here. It's in this sad little junkyard that Rey has to make her way by scrounging whatever she can and trading it for food and water. Yeah, I know, it sounds like a certain planet called Tattooine. But, hey, oh, well!
Rey finds herself suddenly with a droid who's carrying a top-secret map that leads to a legendary Jedi knight, who is actually the last one, the one and only Luke Skywalker. She and BB-8 (that's the droid's name) seem to hang out a lot after their first meeting, especially since she doesn't have much in the way of friends, so it works out for her. Which brings us to a Storm-trooper who's defected from the First Order after having to witness atrocities committed by them, and he and Rey team up. No, I'm not going to tell how he got to Jakku in the first place, you'll have to watch the movie to see that. "Finn" is so afraid of the First Order he's really new to the whole idea of being a good guy, but he realizes he can't stand the Order to begin with, so he wants to take his chances with the Resistance, which is being led by---wait for it!--------Princess Leia! Only she doesn't go by "Princess" Leia anymore, she's referred to now as General Organa, or "the general". After all these years, she's still fighting the good fight, and even though she's worn out from it all, she still has the spunkiness left over from the original trilogy. Finn, Rey and BB-8 are among those who become part of the new wave of heroes in this new trilogy of Star Wars movies.
While trying desperately to escape the Order, Rey, Finn and BB escape Jakku in a familiar, iconic ship, the Millenium Falcon, and accidentally get themselves stranded in space. As Rey tries to fix the ship, they get tractor-beamed onto a space freighter no one's seen before, and find themselves meeting Han Solo and Chewbacca themselves. Han wants to know where they got his ship, and they said it was on Jakku, to which Han explains it was stolen from him, and apparently from others in a kind of long line of "hot potato". Even though he doesn't say it out loud, Han likes Rey and Finn both rather quickly, although he says that Chewie's the one who likes Rey. (Yeah, Han, we hear ya. Goofy old space pirate.) Also here, Han's not exactly known for making the best friends, and so we see this even more clearly even after all these years. Will some guys never learn?
Well, I can't really go into anymore discussion about the movie without really blowing it for people who haven't seen it yet, so I'm not going to, unlike some of the people who love "hinting at spoilers", and I'm not someone who likes that, so I'm not going to. "[Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158)" sounds like such a lame title, and ok, admittedly it is, but it could be a statement of what's to come in the new trilogy. Could this mean a new Jedi Council to be built? Is Rey to be the leader of the new movement of Jedi knights? Will Luke Skywalker come out of hiding to teach her the ways of the Force, and reclaim his place in the Resistance? And what's going to become of Finn, after the events of this passed movie? Is it me, or did it seem like they were really digging each other? Ok, that's something the new generation won't understand. "Digging each other", in my days as a kid, simply meant that someone really liked someone else. God, you kids make me feel old! We did not "hook up", which I totally blame on this generation, we actually got to know each other. Ok, there I go again. Ugh!
Probably the best way to approach "Star Wars: the Force Awakens" is to do it with an open mind and let yourself enjoy it as you can. Don't go in making major expectations of greatness right away; if you do that, you're going to end up feeling embarrassed for looking foolish, and that's not the way you want to want this. You want to have a good time, so just let yourself do that. Also you want to remember that this is NOT the old Star Wars, it's the new one, so it does not promise to make everybody happy. Even if you're well versed in what has become its own mythology, Star Wars is constantly changing to keep itself open for different interpretations from different story-tellers. Just do yourself a favor and do not expect Han Solo or Luke Skywalker to be in every book written about Star Wars; which is a terrible thing to say coming from me, but I'm not from this new generation, so I have to sound like an old dog about it. lol Just enjoy the movie, and throw your expectations out the window and remember one thing: have a good time.