Saturday, December 26, 2015

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" : The Dark and the Light Once Again

It’s Star Wars time!
…and obviously, a spoiler time too.
So last weekend me and my brother made it to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 3D version, two days after its premiere in Indonesia. And OMG, it’s so awesome! Even, to be fully honest, this is the Star Wars movie that I finally and truly love. I mean, not that the previous movies are bad, but really, for me personally nothing is as good as The Force Awakens.
Awalnya, gue berencana langsung menulis blog post ini malam itu juga, langsung setelah keluar dari bioskop dan sampai rumah. But as usual, apalah artinya rencana kalau si yang bikin rencana malah keasikan ngeributin Kylo Ren and fangirling over him with my friend online—hi Je, if you reading this, I’m talking about that particular Star Wars fever night.
And after that a week gone by dan gue baru punya waktu buat duduk manis di depan laptop sekarang.
The bad news is, considering how forgetful I am, hampir setengah dari film-nya sudah lepas dari ingatan.  The good news is, I’m still gonna try to blog it anyway.

The Force Awakens mengambil waktu 30 tahun setelah kehancuran dari Death Star dan Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last Jedi, menghilang tanpa jejak. In the galaxy far, far away sisa-sisa dari Galactic Empire yang sekarang bernama the First Order still going strong and get even more evil, if that’s possible, dan masih berusaha keras untuk menghancurkan apapun yang berhubungan dengan the light side and to dominate the galaxy. Di sisi lain galaksi, the Resistance, bagian dari the Republic yang dipimpin oleh Princess Leia—scratch that, she’s now General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) juga masih berusaha keras untuk melawan the dark side and looking for Luke.
From this point, here comes our new Star Wars heroes… dimulai dari kemunculan Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), a Resistance pilot and a hottie yang bertemu dengan Lor San Tekka di planet of Jakku untuk mengambil peta yang katanya akan membawa mereka ke tempat dimana Luke berada. Dan tiba-tiba datanglah serombongan Stormstroopers dipimpin oleh Darth Vader. That’s what I’m thinking first, though… huh? What’s Darth Vader doing there, he’s dead. Turned out it was Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), the descendant of Darth Vader—or using my term, a baby Vader. And Poe is captured but not before he give the map to his droid BB-8. Which by the way we used to unable to resist R2-D2’s cuteness, BB-8 is even way cuter than it! So, BB-8 flee and comes across a scavenger—and our new bad ass heroine, Rey (Daisy Ridley), at junkyard settlement.
Poe Dameron is being tortures by Kylo Ren about the map whereabouts and Kylo Ren successfully learn about BB-8. And here comes the scene of Stormtrooper FN-2187 who unable to kill for the First Order frees Poe and both of them escape in stolen TIE fighter. Poe later ask who’s the Stormtrooper name and he have no name, obviously, he only have a number series. So in the end Poe dubs FN-2187 as Finn (John Boyega).
In the middle of thier run, Poe and Finn TIE fighter crash on Jakku. While Finn survive, Poe Dameron seems didn’t made it dan menghilang di lokasi kecelakaan, leaving his jacket behind and later wears by Finn along the movie—and also eventually become the start of Finn and Poe Dameron undying bromance and the fan-fiction world blow up with gigantic amount of Finn/Poe couple stories in a very short amount of time.
Long story short, Finn then meet Rey and BB-8 along the way but again get attacked by the First Order. Three of them flee the planet in a stolen ship, the Millennium Falcon. Yes, THE Millennium Falcon.
In the middle of their way the Falcon breaks down dan tiba-tiba tertangkap by a much bigger ship that turned out piloted by Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca. There the legendary quotes from The Force Awakens, “We’re home, Chewie…” said Han Solo and all Star Wars fans in the whole world break down crying.
Han Solo kemudian menjelaskan kenapa Luke tiba-tiba menghilang. Luke sempat berusaha membangun kembali the Jedi Order tapi rencananya gagal ketika si murid beralih to the dark side dan menghancurkan semua usaha Luke—guess who’s the student?
Suddenly a gangs of intergalaxy criminals muncul—the Indonesian proud, it’s The Raid trio time!. The criminals are looking for Han Solo, nagih hutang sih ya intinya. We see a little martial action here, how come we’re not, it’s The Raid crew after all. So yeah, a little martial arts and the appearance of big, nasty, disgusting galactical animals that look like a giant octopuses. Han Solo refuse to settle the debts and flee with the other four in the Falcon and the criminals inform the First Order kalau Han Solo terlibat dengan the most wanted BB-8, Finn, and Rey.
Their mission is to help BB-8 to reach the Resistance. So they go to planet Takodana and meeting the owner of a cantina there, Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o) who can help them. Finn, ogah berurusan lagi dengan segala urusan the Resistance, let alone facing another the First Order attack memilih untuk berpisah jalan dengan mereka. Di waktu yang bersamaan, Rey is wondering around the cantina alone and being drawn to a vault dan menemukan lightsaber, Anakin and Luke Skywalker’s old lightsaber. Begitu menyentuh lightsaber itu, she experiences a disturbing visions and flees. In the middle of chaos, Maz Kanata give the lightsaber to Finn for a safekeeping.
Beralih ke First Order’s Starkiller Base, planet yang dirubah sedemikian rupa menjadi superweapon yang mampu menghancurkan sistem galaksi. Yeah, what the… it’s the Death Star all over again. It's a Death Star 2.0! Well, in that crazy planet slash superweapon, the Supreme Leader Snoke ordered General Hux (Domnhall Gleeson) untuk mengaktifkan senjata tersebut yang kemudian berhasil menghancurkan the Republic capital. And by the way, mind me, for me this General Hux is way, way more evil than Kylo Ren. Because Kylo Ren still have this mellow side on him, the call of the light side of the force said Snoke. The call Kylo Ren need to overcome. And how to overcome it, by killing his father, Han Solo. I know right, whaaaaat??? The baby Vader is Han Solo’s son? Han Solo and Leia Organa’s to be exact. Seriously though, when Kylo Ren calls Darth Vader as grandfather, mind = blown. And also, of course, Kylo Ren also the Jedi student who betray Luke and made him deserted himself.
Back to Takodana, the planet is being attacked by the First Order. While Han Solo, Chewbacca, BB-8, and Finn, who use the lightsaber in the fight—made us think he’s eventually could be the next Jedi too, but whatever—are saved by Resistance X-wing fighters led by Poe, who is alive, follow by another Finn/Poe bromance moment too of course. But too bad Rey is captured and taken to Starkiller Base where Kylo Ren interrogated Rey, but she resist his mind-reading. It’s the force versus the force! That’s when Rey discover her Force and escapes her cell using Jedi mind trick.
Han Solo, Chewbacca, Finn, and BB-8 arrive at the Resistance base on D’Qar, where they meet Leia—and where I sob because the reunion of Han Solo and Leia. They also meet C-3PO—still annoying as ever, good kind of annoying. Also R2-D2 who been inactive since Luke disappearance.
They then learn that BB-8’s map to Luke’s location is incomplete. Dan disaat yang bersamaan Starkiller Base sedang bersiap untuk menyerang D’Qar, menyebabkan the Resistance terpaksa membuat rencana darurat untuk melumpuhkan serangan tersebut. So along with the Resistance X-wing fighters, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Finn also fly out to try to infiltrate the base. With special request from Leia to Han to bring their son back alive. Aaaw, break my heart… I’m not gonna cry, I’m. Not. Gonna. Cry.
At the base, the infiltration process progress. Chewbacca and Han Solo set explosives in strategic places so it will trigger the chain reaction later. In the middle of that, Han Solo encounter Kylo Ren and confronts him by calling him with his birth name, Ben. Ben Solo. Han Solo begging to his son to abandon the dark side and come home. Kylo Ren then pledges for help from his dad, or that’s what we think, but instead… he kills Han Solo! Freakin’ Kylo Ren kills his father!!
Seeing Han Solo dead like that, Chewbacca gone mad and shoots Kylo Ren and sets off the explosive. Following by the attack from the Resistance X-wing fighters that starting the chain reaction and destroys Starkiller Base.
Kylo Ren, although badly injured, chases Finn and Rey. Finn kembali menggunakan lightsaber to battle dan berakhir terluka. Rey then takes over the lightsaber and fight Ren. Again, it’s the force versus the force. Rey overpowers Kylo Ren and wound him sebelum tiba-tiba dipisahkan tanah yang retak. Dan Kylo Ren gets evacuate by General Hux in Snoke order.
Back in D’Qar, the Resistance celebrate their victory while Leia, Chewbacca and Rey mourn Han’s death. And suddenly to everyone surprise R2-D2 awakens and reveals the rest of the Map, completing the map on BB-8 and there it is, the road to finds Luke Skywalker, which Rey follows accompany by Chewbacca and R2-D2 flying in the Millennium Falcon, taken Han Solo’s seat, to meet Luke in an island in the distant planet to hand back the lightsaber.
The end.

That’s it, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That night I walked out from the movie theater dengan puas, a new and extreme crush over Kylo Ren—that one hot villain, dan dengan berbagai setumpuk pertanyaan yang minta cepat-cepat dijawab. Whose Rey’s parents? What is the relationship of Rey and Kylo Ren? What's Kylo Ren will become? And to today’s date, there’s already dozens of fan-theories and I read half of them already… still not enough.
In a more personal field, though. This Star Wars thingy is really unleashed my inner nerd self. Some of my friends not even get what’s with my fuss about all this science-fiction stuff… atau mengutip kata-kata ayah gue, “Apa sih itu? Nggak realistis sama sekali, terlalu jauh dari kenyataan.” Well, Daddy, that’s the great thing about it. It’s not real, it’s techonology, it’s magic, it’s fiction. Capek ya tiap hari ketemunya sama yang realistis-realistis terus, I need that kind of unrealistic things to wind down once in a while.

So yeah, please… go watch the new Star Wars in as soon as you have time. Even you don’t understand it, still, watch it. At least you can enjoy 120 minutes of awesome special effects and sounds. Cause I know I do.