Sunday, December 27, 2015

Top 10 "The Force Awakens" Quotes

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a great movie with some truly great lines of dialogue between the characters. I'm counting down the top 10 quotes, based on not just their content, but their significance to the characters and the future installments in the franchise.

10. "I've got a bad feeling about this."

How could we not include this classic Star Wars line, spoken in every film in the series? In The Force Awakens, Han Solo says this in his freighter as he hears the shrieks of the Rathtars, giant tentacle-y monsters that Rey accidentally released. 

Fun fact: this line was also spoken in the series finale of Lost, which was created by JJ Abrams.

9. "I know how to run without you holding my hand."

This quote encapsulates one of the best aspects of Rey's character. As she and Finn are running from stormtroopers through the Jakku trading post, Finn represents the typical male character and grabs her hand, which Rey rejects. She doesn't need the help or comfort of a man to escape from danger; as we see repeatedly throughout the film, she's actually more physically capable than Finn, and saves his life on multiple occasions. 
8. "Rey, may the Force be with you."

This is the last spoken line of dialogue in the film, as Leia bids farewell to Rey before her trip to meet Luke. It doesn't provide any background into Rey's parentage (Leia doesn't address her as "niece" nor "daughter") but it's another classic line from the franchise that needed to be said at some point. 
Though "may the Force be with you" is regularly exchanged among Rebellion/Resistance soldiers and officers, regardless of their Force sensitivity, we know that Leia means this quite literally; the Force will be with Rey, and it always has been. 

7. "BEN!"

It's the environment in which this line is said that makes it so dramatic and shocking to the audience. As Kylo Ren marches down a catwalk over a chasm on Starkiller Base, Han comes out from hiding and addresses his son by his never-before-said birth name. Kylo turns around for an intimate conversation with his father, but the audience stays silent in tension-induced awe...and even some fear that they know exactly how this scene will end. 
6. "Forgive me. I feel it again, the pull to the Light...Show me again, the power of the darkness, and I'll let nothing stand in our way. Show me, grandfather, and I will finish what you started." 

This line reveals the most intriguing aspect of Kylo Ren, during a heart-to-heart with his grandaddy Darth Vader (or rather, his damaged helmet). As the son of two great heroes, Kylo is seduced by the Light side, not the Dark, and he relies on the spirit (perhaps the literal spirit) of Vader to inspire the darkness within him. 
A viral Tumblr post by blogger Letícia Piroutek suggests that Kylo Ren has basically gone to the Dark Side on an undercover mission to destroy Snoke. If this theory is true, it would mean that when Kylo says "I will finish what you started", he's referring to Vader's betrayal and murder of the Emperor in Return of the Jedi. He needs to dedicate himself to the Dark Side, not just to gain Snoke's trust, but so that he and Rey (representing the Light Side) can eventually unite to destroy Snoke together. 

5. "You know, as much as we fought, I always hated it when you left."

While The Force Awakens is appropriately focused on the new characters, rather than the old, it takes good time to explore how Han and Leia's dysfunctional relationship...has pretty much stayed the same after 30 years. As Han prepares to leave for Starkiller Base, Leia utters this line as a less-cheesy alternative to "I love you" (and the mandatory corresponding "I know"). It's bittersweet when you consider that this is the last time the two will ever see each other. 
4. "Rey, these are your first steps."

This line is said by Obi-Wan Kenobi (part Alec Guinness, part Ewan McGregor) during Rey's intriguing vision in Maz Kanata's castle, after touching the Skywalker family lightsaber. Its meaning is fairly obvious: despite the horror this vision has caused her, this is only the beginning of Rey's path to become a Jedi. 
3. "I'm being torn apart. I want to be free of this pain. I know what I have to do, but I don't know if I have the strength to do it. Will you help me?"

The beauty of this line is that at first glance, it seems like exactly the kind of angsty, melodramatic thing that Anakin Skywalker would have said in the Prequels, through the woodenness of Hayden Christensen. Instead, it's said by Kylo to his father Han, as he appears to come close to giving in to the Light Side. Han replies "Yes, anything," but unbeknownst to him, when Kylo says "I know what I have to do", he's not referring to leaving the Dark Side, but rather, killing Han.
That same Tumblr theory gives different context to this line, suggesting that Kylo is "torn apart" because he knows that he needs to kill someone close to him in order to fulfill his journey to the Dark Side, but he obviously doesn't want to. And Han's reply is with recognition that he's willing to sacrifice himself. 

2. "We'll see each other again. I believe that." 

Rey says this to Finn's unconscious body before she leaves to see Luke. It confirms that Finn has survived his wound at the hands of Kylo, and when Rey kisses Finn on his forehead after saying this, it reassures the audience that their relationship is 100% platonic. This is a promise that no matter what happens with Luke, no matter where Rey's Jedi training takes her, the two friends will meet again. 
1. "Chewie, we're home."

You may not have heard this line over the cheers and whoops from the audience as Han and Chewie enter the Millennium Falcon, and appear on the big screen for the first time in 32 years. The sight of these old-but-mostly-unchanged characters is truly heartwarming. Star Wars is home. 
Honorable Mentions

"I could show you the ways of the Force."- Kylo Ren, to Rey.
"Thank you."- Kylo, to Han.
"Without the Jedi, there can be no balance in the Force."- Lor San Tekka, to Poe Dameron.
"The Light – it's always been there. It'll guide you."- Maz Kanata, to Rey.
"The droid we seek is aboard the Millennium Falcon, in the hands of your father: Han Solo."- Snoke, to Kylo.
"I can fly anything."- Poe Dameron, to Finn. 

Which quote is your favorite? Tell me in the comments, and may the Force be with you all. 

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