First off, while I didn\'t quite like this movie... i also think 95% of the \"criticism\" by hardcore fans is nothing but whining. There ARE problems with this film, but almost none of those problems \"ruined my childhood\" and whatnot. In fact, I consider half that stuff to be the good parts. So, on to the themes. This movie has a good theme it\'s supposed to teach: Failures are important, because you can learn from your failures. Except I guess they completely forgot about the second part. There are several plot threads, all of which end in failure. And nobody learns anything, everyone just pats each other on the back and say \"we\'ll succeed in the end, we have hope!\" Poe almost learns his lesson I think, except he\'s too gosh darn likeable to suffer the consequences (his commanding officers even say this.) Rose and Finn don\'t seem to learn any lesson at all. They have their own subplot, which is very reminiscent of the Prequel trilogy - in the bad way. Their failure is due to taking shortcuts and half-assing their own job, but we never see them learn their lesson (much less question themselves in the first place). Oh, we also see Finn almost have a character arc, but he\'s forced to fail by Rose, and the reason is, well, completely pointless if they didn\'t just Hand Wave the problem away. Oh wait, it is still pointless and it\'s still a problem. Most of the other problems the hardcore fans have? They mostly boil down to \"character doesn\'t meet my expectations set up by the EU.\" Luke isn\'t EU luke? Force Power wasn\'t in the EU? Villain doesn\'t have 4 novels, games, and TV shows worth of backstory? Complain, complain, complain. My major complaint with Rey in the TFA is still here though. She just perfects everything, first try. Mary Sue is still Mary Sue. Mock lightsaber battle, beats Luke first try. Luke expressly tries NOT to teach her anything, she does a massive Force Lift first try. Oh, and I guess this is her second lightsaber battle ever, but obviously she does it perfectly. Lastly, the twists and double-twists. The movie seems like it\'s actually taking chances and doing something interesting - what a twist! But wait, at the very last second there\'s another twist to make sure the basic, boring Jedi Good vs Sith Evil setup is where we remain.
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