By Alyssa DiLoreto
Star Wars has been all the rage recently with the new movie “The Last Jedi.” Many young people enjoy this film, as well as the previous movie “The Force Awakens.” While both these films have high ratings, and a huge income, there are still many people who do not like these films one bit. I’m one of them.
I have been I fan of Star Wars my entire life, I grew up with the classics (A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of The Jedi). I have adored them for so long, they are a large part of my life. When I first heard Disney was going to make a 7th episode of Star Wars titled “The Force Awakens” I was overjoyed that they were going to continue my favorite movie series. However, when I saw it in theaters, it did not live upto my expectations. Here’s why:
- There was nothing original except for the new characters
When I first saw “The Force Awakens” I rather enjoyed it. It brought in quite a few, fun, and new characters. Then I rewatched “A New Hope” and began realizing that The Force Awakens is not as new and original I thought it was. The movie starts seeming like a replica of the originals. For starters, the story kicks off showing the new source of evil, The First Order, attacking an innocent village. The First Order is clearly a copy of The Empire, from the first three movies. What doesn’t make sense in this, is where did it come from? There was nothing to say how this new evil rose up and conquered many areas. The First Order was also creating a new and improved weapon called StarKiller Base, a planet killer. In other words, Death Star #3. StarKiller Base was meant to destroy the last remnants of The Republic, just like The Death Star. The First Order is against a large group of rebellious scum called The Resistance, which seems to be a copy of The Rebellion from the classics. Where did this Resistance come from? Why couldn’t they also call it a Rebellion? Disney seemed to be attempting to make a new movie and call it “original” but every thing is the same, just titled differently.
- The plot was the same as “A New Hope”
Think about it. It was the same story, only with a new generation of characters filling in for the previous. The movie starts with a resistance pilot, Poe Dameron, who owns the map to Luke Skywalker, is being targeted by the First Order. Just like Princess Leia, the person who had the plans to destroy the Death Star, was being targeted by the Empire. Poe Dameron gives the map to a small droid, BB-8, to take it to someone who can help get it to The Resistance. Princess Leia gives the plans to a small droid, R2-D2, in hopes he can give it to Obi wan Kenobi, to get it to the Rebellion.
BB-8 then finds the main protagonist, Rey, who decides to help get the map to The Resistance. R2-D2 finds the main protagonist Luke Skywalker, who decides to assist the droid take the plans to The Rebellion. As the movie goes on, they continue copying the main plot, only changing small details. At the end of the movie, The Resistance manages to blow up StarKiller Base, in the same manner that The Rebellion blew up the Death Star.
- A weak sequel
Every good story needs a strong plot. A good story also needs strong characters with visible motives, and strong personalities. The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi could not produce strong characters. Primarily, The Last Jedi. I was hoping that this movie would manage to make up for the unoriginality of The Force Awakens. It did manage to be its own movie but although it became its own thing, it was a weak, confusing plot.
The Empire Strikes Back (the sequel to A New Hope) was a fan favorite. It managed to provide new drama and action, as well as major character development. It also managed to move the entire story forwards. That is something The Last Jedi suffered from. It did not get the story moving. It starts out with The First Order chasing The Resistance with full force (The Resistance also only has a few hundred fighters left, which is strange, as a rebellion isn’t an army, it’s an idea with many people all over the place fighter for the same thing). The Resistance somehow manages to overtake the First Order (even though the First Order has more firepower than just one ship). What angered me about the movie was that it ended the same way it began. Very few Resistance fighters left, and the First Order chasing them.
What I feel is that these two were fairly good movies on their own, but as a Star Wars movie, they not that great. A Star Wars movie needs a certain wow-factor to it. The Last Jedi, as well as The Force Awakens was plain, and didn’t have much new or incredible things. The people in charge of these two movies do not seem to understand how much Star Wars needs epic scenes and understandable movies. The recent two were boring, and disappointing for me.