You know. I'm not kidding, here, people. Two steps back if you don't want things ruined. (DAD THIS MEANS YOU. Call me, we'll go see it, THEN you can read this post.) Ok, first and most brilliantly of me:
When Adam Driver took his helmet off (what, halfway through the flick?) I started laughing and couldn't stop. I'm not sure what it was about his Kleenex-you-took-out-of-the-box-for-a-sneeze-but-then-forgot-about-when-you-didn't-sneeze-so-you-just-left-it-and-it-got-all-dusty face that did it, but it just brought it out in me. Fortunately I had Crockett on one side of me and one of the theater's only empty seats on the other, so I didn't wildly anger anyone who was able to make eye contact with me.
Literally could not stop laughing, you guys. I had to pull my hat down over my eyes so I couldn't see him just to calm down. You know how when someone has been tickling you, and then they wave their fingers in the general direction of your foot or armpit or whatever, and you laugh because you just can't help it, even though your stomach muscles hurt from the laughing and they're not even touching you? It was like that, except the tickling was Adam Driver's stupid fucking child-making-a-bust-and-only-has-white-playdoh-left face trying to pretend he was HAN SOLO'S KID.
Oh, wait, one more thing on that note: Crockett has been saying things like "Hannah, what are you talking about?" in the Kylo Ren voice and it slays me every goddamn time. Girls and Star Wars are two franchises that are not actor compatible, is what I'm saying. (I just had to google Adam Driver to remember that it was Kylo Ren and not Rilo Ken (Jenny Lewis, shades of) and again I started laughing. His face is just the everlasting WORST.)
We went to the flick on Christmas morning, with Crockett's fam - mom, dad, brother, sis-in-law, nephews, and niece, and I think that was 100% the right way to do it. Everyone from brother on even got Star Wars shirts for Christmas! There was appropriate kid excitement, good camaraderie, I don't know. The whole thing was super. Except that some of the pre-preview commercials were, um, not particularly child appropriate, which was weird. Like, guys, it's STAR WARS. There will be kids. Maybe Cutty from House and the slobby guy from Private Practice banging in a car is best for a different audience?
I'm not going to do a recap or anything, because if you've gotten this far, you've seen it or you're a glutton for punishment. Instead, I have three critical questions.
- WHEN did Leia know that Han died? No one told her when it happened, and yet we cut to a scene of her crying. The pilots (hey, Poe, call me. I'm engaged and you're fictional and look a lot like my fiance, so that should work out nicely) didn't have info on what was going on in the ... octagon thing. I asked Crockett and he said she knew immediately because she has the force. I asked my mom and she said it's because Leia loved Han. Crockett, mom: I love you guys but those are stupid answers. Leia was surprised to see Han when she saw him on the tinyglasseslady's planet, she doesn't psychically sense him. She's a general now, she gives orders, she doesn't listen to wavelengths or whatever. I think someone told her and I think it was Chewbacca - she slipped him an ear peanut thingy (wow it has been a long day ... you know, those little things? The little earphone microphone things? Am I wrong in believing those even have a name?) and he told her. Feel free to correct me as long as your answer is better than mom's or Crockett's.
- WHO is Rey? (Yeah, yeah, me and everyone else. I'm going with Luke's daughter, but then WHO is Rey's mama?)
- WAS (who what when where was, that's how it goes) Carrie Fisher being filmed with a Barbara Walters interview lens? You know, the one with a little bit of Vaseline on it?
I'm going to go see it again, and this time I'm going to take blacked out glasses to put on when Adam Driver is onscreen. That way I miss the Solo tragedy AND and won't be removed from the story by his if-he-were-on-GOT-we'd-assume-he-was-inbred face.
EDITED TO ADD: I just saw Carrie Fisher tweeted about people being mean about her aging, and I want to be clear. She is the best. While she is obviously super hot, she also has a dog named GARY FISHER and he has his own Instagram. My comment re her filming was not a dig at her at ALL but a legitimate question regarding the fuzziness of the screen when she was on it, it felt like. She's lovely and I love her and would invite her to dinner with Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler and Regina Spektor and a) I would be the ugliest woman in the room and b) I would die damn happy.