(featuring: the Katniss effect*)
In a world where tall statuesque blondes are the pinnacle of beauty (and in the movie solely for aesthetic purposes – meaning as eye candy hanging off the arm of our brave hero), the introduction of a baby-faced brunette heroine was a big hit with the underrepresented – something many directors capitalised on following Katniss’ success, this one included. Once more we see a strong solo female struggling against the odds in a dystopian society – thanks for the attempt at being inclusive, we women really do appreciate it, but PLEASE give us a new storyline. Please. Child left behind somewhere in the vastness of space? Been there, done that (re: Star Wars, Star Trek, GOTG and more).
Before all youse Star Wars fans find out where I live and lynch me let me say I LIKED THE MOVIE. (I know, the first paragraph wasn’t exactly encouraging in that regard.) But hey, just keep calm and keep reading, okay?
The film surprised me, particularly with (and don’t keep reading if you’re the sort of person who hates spoilers) the deaths of – well, everybody. Literally EVERYONE dies. (Everyone with a major role in this movie.) I anticipated Îmwe’s death – it’s always the ones you like, and as amazingly brilliant as he is (seriously, like WOAH), one cannot disregard that he is blind and in a warzone. K-2SO’s death, too, was understandable – surely as a robot he could be resurrected. And to complete the triage, it was clear Cassian’s ‘death’ was a fake, and that he would come back at a crucial moment. What I did not expect? The deaths of everyone else, including Jyn and Cassian, at the very end – and yet rather than being a soul-tormenting, gutwrenching moment, it was something almost beautiful – not quite martyrdom, but instead the fulfilment of destiny and the giving of hope to a cause.
In fact, the ending was one of my favourite moments – not because I’m a sadist, but because the director made the unusual choice of an end-of-the-world embrace rather than the usual kiss. That was certainly unexpected, given the several moments of UST in the movie – and despite my inner romantic, I confess I really liked this choice of ending, with the final sweeping shot and the glow of the shock wave suggesting completion rather than devastation. Magnífico!
Really, my only point of contention with the movie, apart from your usual unavoidable clichés, was the character of Saw – but I guess there’s good and bad in all of us, and his behaviour is somewhat explained thanks to the offhand label of ‘extremist’.
What do you think? 😛
Scoring on the Liz scale of movie awesomeness:
-50 yet another child left behind
-50 many deaths
+50 the ingenuity of many deaths
+75 the final scene (sometimes life’s so bittersweet**)
+25 K-2SO (not BB-8 but still a cutie)
+30 Îmwe & Malbus #bromance (or #romance ? idk)
Verdict: The Force is (fairly) strong with this one.
*Hunger Games, for those of you who live under a rock
**Starts With Goodbye, Carrie Underwood
N.B. I am new to Star Wars and have only seen The Force Awakens and Rogue One – please read accordingly!