I was very disappointed that I could not make room in my schedule for Queen Margot last round. It looks exactly like what I want in a period piece, but there’s always the prospect of something to look forward to.
Anyway, back to the present, albeit reluctantly…
Jim Jarmusch recently gave an interview stating he’s never watched Star Wars and never will, and I wish I hadn’t seen the movies just so it was the attitude I could take. Not that I dislike the movies-far from it! I think A New Hope is great, Empire Strikes Back is (slightly less) great, and Return of the Jedi/Force Awakens are good. (By mentioning the prequels in this aside, I’m giving them more attention than they deserve.)
However, the fact that so many people cotton onto them as great cinema is wearying when only the original qualifies, and I’ve never felt the urge to rewatch them (seen all of them once except A New Hope, which I saw twice and which put me off rewatching the rest since there’s nothing that surprises on later viewings).
So in rewatching a Star Wars film for the second time ever, I mostly just looked out for the star of the show (this image is a Google Image because it works better):
Let’s be real here, Force Awakens is a pretty unnecessary movie except in seeing where Rian Johnson takes it for Episode 8. But thankfully, thanks to its need to plagiarize heavily, we got a brand new equivalent to R2D2 in the form of this sassy little ball. But BB8 might be an honest to god improvement. Where R2D2 simply beeped and C3P0 had to tell us that he was saying something rude, BB8 simply shows us what he is feeling thanks to little personality touches like these. The thumbs up/middle finger ambiguity makes it all the better.
In conclusion, let’s have the next episode be Poe and BB8 on a trip to the beach, with BB8 having wacky adventures in the sand while Poe skinny dips.