SPOILER ALERT!!! Harrison Ford really doesn’t want to be in any more of the “Star Wars” movies, so you can probably guess what happens to Han Solo in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” released across the U.S. on December 18. However, while the fate of the iconic character is not the biggest surprise in the latest installment of the series, which was definitely worth the ten-year wait.
If you like Star Wars 4, 5, and 6, you will really like number 7. Director J.J. Abrams does a great job of mixing in the series’ earliest characters — Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), Princess Leia, C3PO (voiced by Anthony Daniels), and R2D2 — with new ones, including Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), a tortured Darth Vader wannabe; Rey (Daisy Ridley), the feisty Resistance fighter whose courage and determination call to mind a young Solo; and Fin (John Boyega) a bad-guy-turned-good-guy determined to break from the First Order.
The movie’s plot centers around finding Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who has dropped out of sight ever since a Jedi training mishap decades (or movies) earlier.
Abrams includes plenty of humor as well as drama in the ongoing war of good versus evil, and while The First Order (led by armies of Star Destroyers and Storm Troopers) is clearly the main character in the hunt for Luke Skywalker, they don’t dominate the story. We are introduced to a new set of conflicts and we learn that Ren is the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia (who is now a general) and the grandson of Darth Vader. We are not sure about the parents of Rey, but that uncertainty – showcased in the film’s final scene when Rey finally finds Luke Skywalker – leaves plenty to anticipate for Star Wars 8.
I don’t know if Abrams did this on purpose, but Episode 4 (“A New Hope,” 1977) and Episode 7 are practically carbon copies of each other in terms of plot. Not too much originality there.
There is also a plot hole involving R2D2. At the end of the movie R2D2 wakes up and he has the rest of the map that leads to Luke Skywalker. But it’s never really explained why. He just sort of wakes up. Perhaps the destruction of Starkiller base may have triggered something in him, but other than that, there was no reason for him to suddenly kickstart like that.