MP wrote:I liked it, but I agree the former storm trooper fighting with Luke's lightsaber was a stretch.
I'm not sure whether I'm remembering this from the book or a cut scene or something but apparently the stormtroopers get combat training so it wouldn't be that much out of the ordinary. They had him fight that other trooper with whatever the stick was called.
The only thing about Kylo Ren taking off is helmet that I wasn't a fan of is that I think they did it too early, IMO it would have been a better reveal when he sees his Dad. It gives that scene even more emotional impact (especially when I saw the twist coming partway through the movie
I initially wondered how in the
galaxy that Ren would lose to Rey at the end of the movie, but they did specifically set up how powerful Chewie's bow is throughout the whole movie. So it's not unreasonable to assume it did quite a bit of damage to Ren, which weakened him enough for Rey to have the upper hand, especially as she realized the power of the force she has in her.
Overall, after a bit of time, I think this stays where I initially have the movie in my rankings. 4 = 5, 6 = 7, 3, 1, 2. 4/5 and 6/7 are toss-ups, with 3 definitely better than 1 and 2. While some of the plot re-hashing was a bit lame, I think it did a really solid job of introducing the new characters. Daisy Ridley absolutely killed it in the movie, what a great find on whoever found her. I also did like the camaraderie between Poe/Finn.
I can't wait for Yodaesque Luke in the next movie