By now, you should have seen Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. If not, how big is the rock you are living under? (TIP: Like unFOMO on Facebook and we will send 5 lucky fans a free movie ticket). Since we are going to assume you’ve seen JJ Abrams’ creation, we won’t worry about SPOILERS in our review.
The real question to answer now is: has the movie lived up to its hype? Here are the top 5 reasons you might have thought it did not (if so, may the force be with you):
5. Poe Dameron
Although Poe is another awesome X-wing pilot, the movie gave him to us in little bits. Especially when you consider he’s the first lead we meet in the movie and the owner of BB-8, you’d think we would get more of him. Now, there’s not a moment on screen with him that’s not good but we just could have used a little more. Episode VIII should give us lots more Poe!
4. Captain Phasma
Captain Phasma is played up and from interviews, the poster, and the trailer, you’d think 1/3rd of the film was going to be about her, especially since they got a big actress to play her. But no, she gets less screen time than Jar Jar Binks did in The Phantom Menace! We didn’t even see her face in this movie!
3. Luke Skywalker’s brief appearance
Why was Luke Skywalker not on the movie poster? Why was he only in the movie for the last minute? It’s probably because Disney wanted to showcase the new characters without all of our attention focused on our classic hero Luke. However, a major problem with Luke’s brief role was that we never got to (or will get to) see him reunite with Han Solo. We expect more from Luke in Episode VIII.
2. Han Solo is dead!
The biggest bad ass in the galaxy will not be returning to future Episodes as his son and antagonist in the film, Kylo Ren, took his life with a lightsaber (RIP Han Solo, love you bro). The other original heroes remain, but losing Han is a big deal! However, the scene in which he dies will be a classic Star Wars moment as it parallels Luke’s attempt to bring his father, Darth Vader, to the good side in Episode VII: Return of the Jedi.
1. The plot is just a little too similar to Episode IV
A lot of people walking out of the theatre felt that they had just experienced déjà vu. The parallels between Star Wars A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars the Force Awakens (2015) include the capture of the female lead by the Empire (Leia vs Rey), rescuing her from the Empire’s ship, an infamous bar scene, and a weapon capable of blowing up a planet (Death star vs Starkiller base). Given that Episodes I, II, and III are deemed to have flopped, we don’t blame J.J. Abrams from staying close to the core of Star Wars, but we expect more from Episode VIII. Check out our Episode VIII predictions article for what unFOMO expects in December 2017!