Since now everyone is allowed to actually talk about plot points in the film, some of you are linking articles about JJ talking about some of the decisions that were made. It basically sounds like he made the worst possible choices when it came to every single option concerning Han and Leia. And just.... WHY? I do not, and never will understand it. The more I think about it, the angrier I get. There was no valid reason to have them be split up. None. It did not add to the tension or drama. There were plenty of other sources for tension and drama, and if anything there could've been more of it if we'd had a tearful goodbye or something. Or an emotional reunion if Han had been gone for a while on a mission, NOT because he ran away. Was it not enough that their son was evil? They needed that, too?
Not only was it not necessary, but it honestly took me out of the film at points. It stung so much that whenever I'd hear more bad news about them, like Han saying Leia didn't want to see him was the first major clue, it would take me a couple of minutes to stop thinking about it and being angry about it, so I would temporarily stop being invested in whatever was happening on screen. I know that some of us may wonder if we are the only ones who think this way, as we obviously have different priorities maybe than your typical Star Wars fan, but I've read several articles written by men that have mentioned the same thing. Not even just in relation to Han and Leia but for Luke as well. WHY have our heroes been so decimated after what we saw at the end of ROTJ? Even my own brother who I went to see the movie with, afterward with zero prompting from me and the fact that I don't think he has any idea about my level of investment in the Han and Leia romance, said something about how they could've accomplished all of the same things without having them be split up. It is a decision that just doesn't make any sense to me unless it was just one of those attempts to be edgy and unexpected, or because of that stupid crap that has permeated every facet of movies and television where there is no such thing anymore as a couple that can stay together. Honestly at this point it would be edgy to actually KEEP a couple together.
Speaking of taking you out of the movie, I said the same about Han's death. What happens immediately following is arguably the most important scene in the movie, and yet I was still just reeling, because they actually killed Han Solo. And they did it in what was supposed to be a high tension scene but it could've been so much more because we wouldn't have known anything about the relationship between those two unless we were told about it. There isn't much background or context there. Han just got his ship back, just saw his wife again for the first time in many (MANY?) years, spent the last however many years being a lonely, no-good smuggler, and we're just going to kill him. Ok how much longer is it going to take before I can think about this and not get so worked up that tears come to my eyes? And as one of you so rightly pointed out after JJ mentioned something about how they needed to have some guts here, if only one moment in the film has any guts, maybe you need to take a look at the rest of the script.
Because really, the rest had no guts. Even every planet, while different in name, was something we had basically seen before. Except the final 2 minutes of the movie. Starkiller base might as well have been on Hoth (oh except there are TREES on this snowy planet, so it's different... right) Wherever the heck the Resistance base was might as well have been Yavin. Jakku was Tatooine minus a sun. For a galaxy full of so much advanced technology why do so many of the planets seem to be stuck in the equivalent of ancient times on Earth?
It makes me kind pretty sad not just that they did this, and that it was unnecessary, but also that it took so much away from an otherwise pretty enjoyable film. There was a lot about it that I liked. A lot! Almost anything that had anything to do with the other characters I found enjoyable. Or Han and Chewie when we weren't talking about the fact that he and Leia weren't together. I feel like I've been robbed of my ability to enjoy this movie, when so much of it really was pretty good.
Also, let's talk about Leia. What is her purpose in the grand scheme of these movies? At this point it just seems like it is someone we can throw absolutely anything at and show that she can persevere and keep going. But really she doesn't DO much, she just takes on more heartache and loss and keeps on being there, standing in the background and "leading" and being this symbol for everyone. What does she have left to live for? What does she have to look forward to? She wasn't even really given the chance to be her normal "feisty" self. Even Carrie's comments before it came out, before she could really say anything, were about how Leia's story was pretty heavy in this one. And it's true. All she really got to do was be miserable, and that's not a fun thing to watch. It can't really be any better for her in future films, either.
I still want to know too what the point of this trilogy is going to be, where are we going with it? I suppose you couldn't have figured that out based on only ANH either, but still. Can Kylo be redeemed? Whose job is it going to be to bring him back? Leia's? Rey's? Luke's? Even if he is redeemed he can't make it out alive. Maybe in the end he sacrifices himself for one of the good guys? So if he doesn't make it out alive, even if redeemed, Leia is again, left without anyone. Well maybe Luke.
And again, who is Rey? I can make a lot of arguments that she is a Solo. Why does she understand Chewie? Why does she so easily and instantly bond with Han? What's up with the hug with Leia at the end? But really, I'm going to prepare myself for her being a Skywalker. Why? Because that is the option I hate. And so far, when it comes to anything I've cared about regarding these movies, they have gone with the option I hate. I mean, I guess Han and Leia DID get married at some point, and they did have a kid, so that is slightly better than Han disappearing immediately after ROTJ. But that is a rather small consolation. I also just read a theory that not only is she Luke's daughter, but also Obi Wan's granddaughter. Double whammy. Everyone else gets the good kid. I seriously can't even describe how mad it makes me that Han and Leia only had 1 kid and he was just about the worst human ever created.