The Force Awakens

I finally saw the new Star Wars movie this afternoon in Greenville. I LOVE the heroine Rey. My daughter and I were just talking about the need for strong female characters in stories, and here’s Rey. I have much to say about this, but I may not get it said here, and I’m still mulling it over. I just want to go on record as being a huge REY FAN.

It’s interesting to think about the collaborative way this movie was made–quite different than the George Lucas approach, as I understand each–but the result was worth watching, for sure, especially for everyone who has followed the saga since the 1970s.

Harrison Ford.  Carrie Fischer. Mark Hamill. Wow.   I’m only a tad (well a bit of a tad) younger than Hamill, and I watched the first Star Wars movie in 1977 in a drive-in theater in Ames, Iowa. Seeing how these heroes have aged gives me pause–and perspective. It also, strangely, felt like being with old friends who have aged right along with or even ahead of me. It’s not as if I haven’t watched Harrison Ford in every possible film I could see him in, but still…this one gave reality to the years that have slid by since my first glimpse of Han Solo. It’s nice to see these characters carried through the years with realistic aging.

Heading back to Minnesota tomorrow, so I’ll try to catch up on blogging in the next couple weeks.

I’ll say this: watching Daisy Ridley as Rey made me very happy that I created physically strong, athletic female protagonists in Allie and Sadie. I’m happy to be part of that kind of contribution in this world.

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