But, on to the movie! Spoilers ahoy!
I don't think my babble will amount to an actual "review," per se. I leave that to the professional writers. I read a handful of those and have to say I'm surprised at the nitpicking. I shouldn't be... that's their job, right? I left the theatre completely blown away, thinking there wasn't a single negative thing anyone could say about this movie.
I'm a bit of a pollyanna, though :)
I am VERY glad I remained spoiler-free. I did not even watch any of the trailers after the first teaser one that came out eons ago, and everyone thought I was crazy. I regretted watching that first one, too! Not going to watch any from now on. I'd much rather see things for the first time on the big screen. Now, granted, it's impossible to avoid ALL spoilers... especially when you have to post jedi_news 2 or more times a week! But I will try. (Yes, Yoda, there IS a try)
First off, I still hate it when people act like the prequels were the worst thing ever and they violated their childhood blah blah blah. But, I'm trying not to hate it. To just accept that people have differences of opinion and there's nothing wrong with that. Unless someone gets in my face about it, I'ma let it slide. Live and let live. And hope that by the time the next movie comes out, people will have moved on. I think some of them just like to say "I've waited 30 years for this" because it's more dramatic than 10 years?
As for TFA... I can't add much to what's already out there. Across the board, people love Rey and Finn and Poe and BB-8 and Maz. Yay! I do too. Am I the only one who believed Poe was dead when Finn did? I was thinking, "Huh, well it DOES seem like Daisy and John are doing all the promo stuff, maybe they're NOT going to be 'the new trio' as predicted." Silly me. I'm glad I didn't know, though.
I pretty much knew I would love Rey... I was surprised how awesomely likable Finn was. Dude is funny as hell! He cracked me up. The humor in this movie overall was a pleasant surprise. The dialogue felt appropriately Star Wars-y, without it being... you know, bad. BB-8 was also immediately likable. I shouldn't have worried about that, but I am still struggling to like Chopper on Rebels, so I wasn't sure. Chopper is mean! And it gets played for laughs. He just rubs me the wrong way. BB-8, however, is pure ADORABLENESS. And I actually got teary when they told him his master was dead :(
My favorite new character, though, is Kylo Ren. I'm already a fan of Adam Driver from his work on Girls (how many new fans is that show gonna pick up now??)... but GUH, this character is right up my alley! Angsty... Dark... conflicted... I don't agree that he's "Anakin Skywalker done right," because I loved Anakin and truly don't understand the issues people had with Hayden Christensen's performance. I think he suffered from some unfortunate Star Wars-y dialogue, but he got the angst down pat, did he not?! Kylo Ren is new and different, though, and I hope people stop comparing the two.
Here's the fangirly part (should anyone not wish to read, haha. Actually I don't know who all even reads this journal anymore??). I don't recall Adam ever being so damn good-looking on Girls. What the hell happened? Is it that glorious hair?? LOL. I look forward to hearing people bitch about his shampoo-ad-worthy hair -- that's a fun item to nitpick or nerdrage on, no? So, yeah. Hawt. I need to get icons. People don't make icons around here like they used to! Or maybe I just don't know where to look. I need to familiarize myself more with how to find things on LJ now cuz either I'm an idiot or they've made it much harder than it used to be to find stuff. Anyway... I see that people are hoping Rey turns out to be Luke's daughter. Noooooooooo, if she's a Skywalker than I can't 'ship her with Kylo! ASIDE FROM THAT (and isn't that reason enough??), I hope she's not simply because not fucking everybody has to be related to each other, damnit. I much prefer to think of her as new blood. So what if she's Force-sensitive? Just because there's no Jedi anymore doesn't mean there's any less Force-sensitives across the galaxy.
Not that I don't like the obvious pairing of Finn/Rey too. I'm good with that. People are hoping for a Finn/Rey/Poe love triangle? I want Finn/Rey/Kylo. Yum. And I want fic! (in general, not just for them) Someone please write something!
I was pleasantly surprised at how involved the old characters were. I expected no more than a cameo from any of them, really. Leia didn't have a lot to do, but Han was in most of the movie. As for Luke, it FELT like he was in it since the story was about him... how perfect was that ending, though?! He was in it as much as he needed to be. What a great set-up for the next movie.
That awful scene where Kylo kills Han... I've read that people were surprised by that. Really?? I mean, I was a little, when I was in the moment, but as soon as he started heading out on that bridge... it was just such an obvious homage to A New Hope, plus if Kylo's going to be this huge villain why would he NOT kill him? You can't have him turn to the light in the first movie! That's assuming he turns at all... I would think so, because it's Star Wars, and that's a recurring theme. But who knows? Maybe they'll tread on new ground. Maybe they haven't even decided what to do with him yet. Are the next 2 movies all perfectly laid out? I don't know how these things work but I'm guessing they're not. Anyway, I like to think that people were shocked by that because Adam's performance in that scene was brilliant.
I'm curious to see what a second viewing will bring. I probably won't cry 6 times again... who knows, maybe I will. My boss is taking me on Monday. During work hours! (ssshhh don't tell) How cool is that?? Not just me, but only one other coworker. We have to pretend we're going somewhere else. Ha!
I guess that's enough babble for now. If you haven't seen the movie yet, GO NOW BEFORE YOU GET SPOILED. May the Force be with you!