After months of having not seen TFA, last week I started watching the film. As the film progresses, I think it gets worse and worse. I gave the movie a 5/10 initially, but then changed that to a 7/10 on the next viewing. This time around I think I'm going to give it a solid 6/10, and stick with that.
One major thought I had during the movie, which honestly could have saved much of the plot that I didn't like, was that we start out with characters we don't know, and aren't invested in at all. In fact, I'll say that Finn and Poe are some of my least favorite movie characters ever, not just limited to SW films either! Their "buddy-ness" irks me, and I can't stand how they made Finn speak. His dialogue is terrible IMO.
Likewise, I hate how Poe is the best pilot ever, and racks up like 10 kills in a matter of seconds when the First Order attacks at Maz's Castle. It's just not believable, and stuff like that takes me right out of the movie. It's more video game that movie at that point. Same with the flying spaghetti monsters on board Han and Chewie's ship. I just don't get why stuff like that is forced in to a movie as a plot device. That could have been a great scene where parties are connected, and a firefight occurs driving everyone to board the Falcon. The monsters are unnecessary.
Now, what this post is really about...something got me thinking. If I could change one thing, a single thing in this movie, what would it be? Well, I'd change the focus of the plot. As mentioned above, I don't really care for the new characters. Rey is cool, but everyone else...Not for me. So to change that a bit, the film could have focused on Han and Chewie, who along the way, encounter the new characters.
In the film we do the opposite. We start with the people I don't care about (and who I'm not invested in). Had the film opened with Han Solo, and followed him instead of the new characters, I think I would have been much more pleased. Plus, this would have also brought more levity to his death at the end of the film. Instead, in this movie, he's a separated old man who lives in a box, who by dumb luck finds his famous ship part way through the movie. By shifting the focus to him and Chewie, I think the movie would have been much better.
Had we started out with the more solid and snarky Han we already know, the film would have also felt a bit less contrived. We could have still encountered Rey when Solo finally finds the Falcon (still lost on Jakku), but perhaps she was living in it. We could have met Poe and Finn later, or even had separate plots completely, that merge towards the end of the film, bringing the new characters altogether. That way we begin with the familiar, and then expand from there with the new characters.
...Just a thought!