...or "Why Star Wars, The Last Jedi was the perfect movie to watch on New Years Eve."
Let me start by saying "I loved it!" It was wonderfully Star Warsy, with all of the noisy, crashing, smashing battle scenes and improbable escapes.
But that's not why I have always loved the original Star Wars movies, and the last one, The Force Awakens, the first of the "modern era". For me it has always been about the characters. I have always loved Luke and Leia and Han and Chewbacca and the funny little droids. We lost Han in the last movie, but finally Luke and Leia reunite, if just briefly.
However, this movie is about establishing a new order. The old characters are aging, and in fact, in real life we have lost Leia, Carrie Fisher. New characters are arising, characters we can care about. The era of the Jedi is over.
I left the movie with tears streaming down my face. I don't expect young people to get why I have reacted so emotionally, but here's why.
I am one of those old characters in the scheme of things. My time is passing on. The young people, my kids and grand kids and their cohorts, are the ones building their lives and influencing their world. They are the inheritors of the life force we have handed down to them.
Out with the old, in with the new, is a phrase we say at New Years, but not so fast. Like Leia and Luke in this film, I am still a force to be reckoned with.
We got a glimpse in the film of the youth that will be the new order, or perhaps I should say, the new Resistance. They will be wonderful, and we can count of Star Wars movies into the future.
It's hard to say goodbye to old friends. Luke and Leia will be gone, but their power lives on. And for those of us old characters still around, we will still radiate our power in the lives of those we are close to. The Force is with us.
Happy New Year. May the Resistance live on in 2018.