Well, here we are. I’ve said before that I intend to touch on different parts of culture and cultural criticism in this space, and so I’d be extremely remiss if I didn’t go ahead and review a Star Wars movie when the opportunity presents itself. Even without the sense of obligation, I’d still be interested, of course. I’ve been a big fan of this series since I was a kid, enjoying movies, video games, and especially the Expanded Universe novels that were out there in the 90’s and 2000’s. There was a major drop-off in book quality around 2005 or so, but you can’t have everything. And certainly once I got a little older, I started to see a lot of the flaws in the Prequel Trilogy that the internet has fairly well beaten into the ground over the last decade and a half.
With all that in mind, I really enjoyed The Force Awakens two years ago. It was a breath of fresh air, and although it clearly made a point of evoking classic iconography and set pieces from the Original Trilogy, I felt like it modernized enough of it to make its own mark. A light 9/10 from me, and I definitely recommend it to anyone interested. Certainly, I was interested at that point to see where the franchise was going to go next.