Did The Force Awakens Give Us an Awesome New Relationship?
There are spoilers for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in this. If you haven’t seen it, it’s in your best interest not to read this until you’ve done so.
So, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has hit theaters, and it’s pretty damn great. If you read our review, you already know that, and if you’ve already seen it, you know that and you spent your money pretty wisely. It’s on the way to becoming the biggest movie of the year and is breaking all kinds of records in a way that hasn’t been done since possibly James Cameron’s “Avatar” or “Jurassic World.” There are a lot of reasons for this; the film itself has been brilliantly marketed to appeal to first-generation “Star Wars” fans, from the talk of practical effects and largely ignoring things the prequels set up to bringing back the original cast, in addition to just looking like a great old time.
But there’s also something else that the film did that more than likely got people interested, and that’s star a diverse cast of characters; “Force Awakens” has been heavily marketing John Boyega’s Finn, Daisy Ridley’s Rey, and Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron are, respectively, a black man, a woman, and a Guatemalan man. That’s a pretty big deal, given that the “Star Wars” franchise as a whole and sci-fi movies (well, OK, a lot of movies) in general have more or less majorly starred white men. The dust up around it has been interesting, for lack of a less profane word. Director J.J. Abrams, who also co-wrote the script with Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Ardnt, flat out said that he wanted a diverse cast to reflect the world of today: “I think it’s important people see themselves represented in film. I think it’s not a small thing.” And it looks like Abrams meant this in more ways than one.
Again, if you haven’t seen the movie, do not read any further until you’ve done so.