Originally published on December 19, 2017.
So let’s start with: you’re allowed to like or not like any movie you want. Please don’t diss other people for thinking different from you. It’s not THAT big a deal.
Having said that, here’s what I think: Star Wars is, at its roots, the Hero’s Journey, which is frequently a tragedy and frequently about redemption. Episodes 1-6 are the rise, fall, and redemption of Anakin Skywalker. Episodes 4-8 are the rise, fall (mostly offscreen) and redemption of Luke Skywalker. The whole 9 (and counting) episode saga is about the fall and redemption of the Jedi as a religion and a force for balance in the galaxy.
So yes. The Force is going to make things happen. And yes, ALL of Anakin Skywalker’s children are going to be strong with the Force. And yes, random people are going to be Force Sensitive.
This movie is about the difference between the legends and reality of heroes. It changes everything and nothing all, at the same time.