Number of Times Seen – 7 (17 Dec 2015, 13 Jan 2016, 20 Apr 2016, 1 Nov 2016, 16 Nov 2017, 13 Mar 2018 and 21 May 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A pilot for the Rebellion is sent on a mission to try and recover information as to the whereabouts of the Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.
I liked the way that this film quickly introduces us to three new characters as the focus of things and allow the trio of stars from the previous trilogy stay in the background as it allows us to see the torch being passed between them.
The story leaves so much open ended about what has happened over the subsequent years since the destruction of the Death Star over Endor and we need to try and piece together parts of it for ourselves through the small bits of information that they give us along the way.
The story presented here feels a bit too much like they are rehashing some of the previous story lines, but it still woks in getting us back into the mind frame of the Star Wars Universe as well as re-connecting to the characters of such a universe; both new and old.
The music is done really well since it feels like a blend of new and old also as it borrows from the previous scores yet also lends to being unique in its tone.
The story works quite well and gives us a new perspective on how the Empire (and The First Order) recruit new trainees and give them various tasks that they should be obeying immediately.
The chemistry between Finn and Poe is great because they easily connect with one another as if they have known each other for years upon years and manage to work together so fluidly.
Rey is a great lead character as we get a new kind of perspective on the abilities and dreams of a fledgling Jedi not quite attuned to her real abilities.
The counterbalance to that which shows Kylo Ren’s journey is also great to watch because it allows us to see the yin and yang aspects of the Force and how it affects different people in different ways.
The story dealing with Han Solo and his son is quite effective and it is still not easy to watch the effects of those scenes even after having seen this film 7 times because it is so painful to watch the scene take place since iot’s very emotional.
The film ends in an annoying way because it leaves so much open, but having watched this and the next chapter back to back (which is the way it is suppose to be seen) helps give the story an even greater presence because of this cliffhanger.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Kevin Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch visited the set. Smith, infamous for his open and talkative nature, was forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement and J.J. Abrams had World War II-style propaganda posters titled “Loose Lips Sink Starships” hung up around the set, as a reminder to Smith not to reveal spoilers for the film to the public. True to his word, the only tidbit Smith revealed about his visit was that he cried when he stood on the Millennium Falcon set, as it reminded him of how much he loved “Star Wars” as a child. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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