1. A British newspaper today reports that toy manufacturers were discouraged from making items featuring Rey because
No boy wants to be given a product with a female character on it
If that’s true, it’s a rare own goal for the Star Wars franchise, which was built on George Lucas’ cunning decision to part with royalties for the movies in exchange for keeping the ones from the merchandise.
Apparently, the powers-that-be were astonished by the fact that Rey was the breakout star of the film. To me, it makes perfect sense. Daisy Ridley brings the same kind of innocence combined with toughness to the role that Mark Hamill brought to Luke Skywalker. It also can’t hurt that her character was based on unused sketches by the late Ralph McQuarrie for the very first Star Wars movie, according to IMDb.
2. Apparently, the idea was that the breakout star would be new villain Kylo Ren. Anyone who has seen the film would realise that this was never going to happen since Ren is a pale (dark?) imitation of Darth Vader, indeed one whose costume doesn’t make a lot of sense. Vader wears a mask because
He’s more machine now than man
Ren wears a mask because, well, I’m not really sure.
For all the notorious ‘Lucas Bashing’ on the web, when Lucas returned to the franchise, he invented one of the all-time best villains in Darth Maul, who was fabulous despite only having three lines in the whole movie. There’s nothing in The Force Awakens as good as him.
3. The new Death Star is a damp squib. Are we supposed to be impressed because it is bigger than the last one? The last one was the size of a planet, so this one is the size of a bigger planet. This is not that amazing. And don’t get me started on the inventors having inserted the same design flaw all over again…
4. Apparently various trolls wanted to boycott the new Star Wars film because of the high prominence of black characters. Which makes me wonder how these people watched the original trilogy. Did they turn the sound down every time Darth Vader spoke so as not the hear James Earl Jones?
5. And where was Lando Calrissian? Billy Dee Williams may be pushing 80 (yes, really!), but Lando is one of the best characters from the original trilogy. We want him back!
6. The best part of The Force Awakens was the last 5 seconds, which sets up the film I really want to see. Although, it was still great to see a movie that was based almost entirely around Han Solo. I never did get an action figure of him…