I need to just get out my rambling thoughts, few though they are (my Star Wars history is going to be most of this post), on this film because I waited too long for Engame (I’m going to post them now anyway).
I’m not an official Star Wars fan. I do seem to be getting more and more interested as the new stuff comes out, so I think I may be heading there since I really, really started wanting to see this one and at the spur of the moment (planned the night before, that is my spur of the moment) went this morning with my sister (Flowerchild) (so this is the 2nd of them I’ve seen in theaters). Of course I don’t have all the names in my head, I was just thinking the newest Star Wars.
Let me look up all the names of the films:
Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)
Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
I watched IV and V growing up (tween) but was grounded I believe (lol) and couldn’t watch VI with everyone else. As a young teen I saw parts of II (but that freaked me out) and as later teen (I think) I watched VI (also freaked me out). So I was rather burned (gross alien stuff not my thing).
VII came out in my mid-twenties, and I think we watched it not long after it came out on DVD. I think I was a gentle Fey or Rinn shipper or whatever that ship name was called in the first, because well, they were together all the time. I thought Kylo was a whiny baby, expected to see more than 2 seconds of Poe, thought Han being killed off was lame.
Then I watched Rogue One on dvd and enjoyed it. Then Flowerchild and I decided to watch episodes I-VI. IV-VI have to be the worst mainstream movies ever made quality and acting-wise, the plot was okay-ish.
Then the second movie happened and spur of the moment the day after Christmas the year it came out Dad, Flowerchild, and I went and saw, and wow, definitely starting being Reylo but not really sure if that was a thing (told you, not really a Star Wars person). Hello Kylo Ren. And besides those two and their mind games, everything else was about the dumbest thing on cinema. Ya know, good leaders don’t act like the dictators they claim to hate. The Lea fan/worship was weird. And Finn was made to be a doofus and Poe a fool, and yeah, pretty sure we came for them along with Rey so um WHY? And everything everyone did was pointless. Anything besides Kylo and Rey in the second movie is. not. real.
I started Mandalorian. Then I started seeing and hearing more (that it was the best of the three newest) about IX, and I was getting SPOILED (why people?! Put a warning in your posts that aren’t reviews?!!!), so I wanted to see it soon. Definitely Reylo in going into see this movie. But knew that there was a sad part. Also confused thinking maybe Finn and Rey were going to end up (which was hinted at but thankfully they left that to the future in fans minds, a bit more naturally considering everything that happened in this movie).
Anyhow, I was glad the real Finn and Poe were back and in focus like they always should’ve been. Also, sick of the Lea worship. I liked the “core” group of the droids, Finn, Poe, and Rey like old times/episodes. The Kylo-Rey scenes were awesome. I thought almost everything was done well. Except at the last, Ben and Rey should’ve always been together, should’ve killed Palpatine together, the strength of their power as a pair was so important and special and it didn’t make either of them less but them both MORE. They were always together, they were connected, we didn’t need the Mary Sue moment. I also think Ben’s death was good plot wise. And the ending was excellent. BUT I DIDN’T WANT BEN TO DIE! I know the plot is great (except for that separation in the dueling), BUT!!!!