I saw The Last Jedi on Friday last week and, like a lot of Star Wars fans, I came out stunned and confused. I liked it but it did not quite feel like a Star Wars film, more a film with some Star Wars elements in it. It has taken me a few days to assimilate what happened and to help me do that I have read a few fan comments. The more I think about the film and the more I have read comments about how it ‘sucked’ the more I like it. What gets me most is the amount of questions fans that hate the film are asking, most of which are clearly explained in the film or by looking at previous films. This has got me frustrated, so to get things off my chest I am going to answer some of the questions with what I see the answer as. Before we go ahead, here is the old spoiler banner…
Anyway, on with the questions…
Why does Leia use the force to float into a spaceship?
I know other people hated this but it actually gave me tingles. She is a force user and strong with force, although not trained. Why can’t she survive in space and fly herself back into a ship? I thought it was cool. I was more distressed by them killing Admiral Ackbar!
How can they make Luke such a moaning hobo?
He thinks he is single-handedly responsible for Ben’s defection to the dark side, that he has somehow created Kylo Ren. Some people say he would not act like that, that he is a Jedi and would do the right thing, that somehow they are destroying his character by making him exile himself. I for one think it adds to the character, Luke is great and what makes him so likable, apart from the fact that Mark Hammill is cool, is that he is not perfect. Remember in Return of the Jedi that he needs to strike down the Emperor in cold blood to turn to the dark side. He did try to do that and was only stopped by Vader. Remember also when Vader says that if Luke won’t turn he will go after Leia, well Luke aint happy and really goes for Vader. He sometimes looses control, remember he does have a large part of his father in him. I think Luke considering killing Ben for a split second then changing his mind is exactly the sort of thing that his character would do.
I do feel sorry for Luke though as there are some horrible scenes he is in, particularly that one where he milks the four teeted water alien for green milk. I was saddened when I saw the scene, it was so silly. I get why it was included, to show how far Luke had fallen. And to be fair we do milk cows so it is not all that strange. I just personally thought it was a bit too far.
The next argument about Luke is this idea of him wanting to end the Jedi, that he now thinks the Jedi are just dreamers who think the force is for them. If you listen carefully to what he says it is clear that he feels that by having the light side in the Jedi, a dark side will always come up to meet it. Luke has not only exiled himself through guilt but to make sure the Jedi do not continue and as such, when the light side dies so does the dark side. Remember that every major incident involving the dark side rising to power has been, in part, affected by the Jedi. The Jedi supported Palpatine at first, they trained Anakin and gave in to Palpatine’s request, now Luke has trained Ben and been the cause of him turning to the darkside. I think it is Rey that makes him realise that even without the Jedi there will be light and dark, even with him in exile a warrior of light has risen to meet the darkness.
So all in all Luke is not so much running away as doing what he thinks is right to save the galaxy. I don’t get why people are so upset by that, the hero becoming a legend then disappearing and when needed is an unwilling skeptic is a pretty common storyline in films these days and as far as I see it, added to the character of Luke.
Why doesn’t the First Order just use other ships to cut off the Resistance ships?
That is a good question which I think is best described by a line Hux says then Snoke laughs about, “we have them at the end of a string.” That is exactly what this chase is, it is the First Order toying with the Resistance, watching them slowly collapse, like a cat playing with a mouse. And as we know with all cocky people, they get their comeuppance in the end, in this case some of the Resistance escape.
Why kill Snoke, we don’t even know who he really is?
Now I agree they could have done more with Snoke, his character had such intrigue and there were many theories about him. Even I had an idea about Snoke. It seems I was wrong, oh well! In fact I could still be right. But even though I don’t think he should have been killed, I can see that it was to move Kylo Ren’s character on and make him the main evil in the galaxy. He has been swinging between dark and light but killing Snoke was his final choice, and he chose the darkness.
Since seeing the movie I have also heard of a theory that came from a Star Wars comic. In the comic Palpatine can move his consciousness from his own body into a cloned version of his body. These clones decay quickly but allow him to stay alive. Could this be true of Snoke and in fact he is Palpatine, maybe he wanted Ren to kill him so he could move to a younger body? The same comic contains dreadnought class starships and Luke astrally projecting himself using the force, both of these are in The Last Jedi. It is now starting to feel like Disney have made some expanded universe stuff non-cannon so they can use the ideas in future films!
Is that it? Rey has no connections to other characters
I really hope it is, it was a breath of fresh air to say that she was a nobody, that she was not connected to any other character. Not everyone has to be connected, no-one asks about Poe or Hux’s parents, they do not have to be connected to any previous characters so why does Rey? It does not matter if her parents were not force sensitive, it could be an ability from earlier on in her bloodline or some new mutation. This stuff happens in the real world, well not with the force but some children are really tall compared to their parents or are athletic where their parents were much more academic. I really don’t think this is something to get hung up about, also Ren could have been lying to make Rey feel more alone so she stayed with him out of feelings of being wanted by someone, then they could rule the galaxy together.
What was the point with the Canto Bight mission?
I don’t have a problem with Canto Bight, it is clearly a metaphor for how the rich make their money and a dig at Hollywood, but in Star Wars terms it is a cantina scene. Most Star Wars films have them. Yeah some of the aliens are a little weird, but there were some strange ones in A New Hope. I also like that it is a pointless mission, not every mission the good guys take on has to be a success. It was a little bit of fun in the middle of the film that brough Finn and Rose closer together.
Why didn’t Luke just get off the island?
Firstly he does not need to and secondly it would be more dangerous if he does. That shed load of fire the astral projection takes would have wiped the real Luke out. I see the whole point of Luke appearing at the end to allow the Resistance to escape. Also what would happen if Ren had actually killed Luke? I think Luke feels this would cement Ren’s path to the dark side, by Luke dying peacefully Ren will not feel the guilt of killing him and thus there is still a chink of light inside him. Yeah that sounds a little farfetched but would work. I was really hoping that Luke was going to be seen raising his X-Wing in a link to The Empire Strikes Back then flying in and blowing up the cannon at the last minute. But hey, that didn’t happen. Still it was cool seeing him coming in at the end to save the day even if it is not the way I would have done it.
Where is the character development?
I am actually struggling to understand this question, look at the path Luke takes. How Rey is pulled toward the dark side but resists it in the end. The way Ren is deciding if he should convert to the light only to choose darkness in the end. How Poe is a cocky so and so that gets a lot of people killed but realises in the end that this is not the correct path. And Hux when, no actually Hux is just very shouty, he is a pantomime villain, I should hate that but I really like it. I actually love the bit where Poe is trolling him at the start. So yeah, there is a lot of character development.
Why is there so much silly humour?
There is a lot, too much in my opinion, but I have to say that most of it is pretty funny. Watching Chewie going to eat a porg whilst other porgs squeal and cry, seeing Finn get tazered and watching Rey annoy the caretakers as she destroys buildings and parts of the landscape give a bit of a comic relief. I understand that the film works without it and that much of the humour is hit and miss but I would not say it ruins the film. Although I would like less humour in Episode IX.
How can they move forward from here? This is the end of a trilogy not the middle part
Did you not see the end of the movie. The phrase, “we are the spark, that will light the fire that will burn the First Order down,” is said so many times and this pretty much sums up the end of the movie. The Resistance are calling in favours from anyone who is loyal to them, they are inspiring younger people who are oppressed, they are basically rebuilding. In fact I would say that Episode IX will be set some years later with the First Order in charge of the universe and the Resistance ready to strike out again. Maybe we will have a new Jedi Order trained by Rey and force ghosts, I am still holding out for their being a spirit council with the force ghosts of Luke, Yoda, Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, Mace Windu and Anakin that guide Rey through her training and the setting up of a new Jedi Order. Rian Johnson even stated that it would be interesting to see a dark side force ghost, could we be getting Supreme Leader Kylo Ren being haunted by Snoke’s ghost, sending him more and more mad? There are plenty of paths to take and plenty of questions to still explore. I am most excited to see who Ren’s apprentice will be, remember, “always two there are, no more, no less, a master and an apprentice.”
The questions I really want answered!
After watching the film and considering if for a few days they are still a few questions I would like answered, maybe this well be done in Episode IX, maybe it is me being stupid and they are answered already…
- What are the Knights of Ren? We have heard a lot about them but never seen them, or are they the praetorian guards? I hope not, but where are they in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi?
- What happened to the Jedi trainees that escaped? Are they still with the resistance, are they scattered across the galaxy? I had a theory that Rey was one of them and that others needed to be awakened but, again, I guess I’m wrong. Or could it be that they were working with Ren and are actually the Knights of Ren? I am sure Episode IX will explain this.
- When Hux reaches into his coat to kill Ren, what is he reaching for? I take it that this is a gun but it looked to me to be a lightsabre. I really need to watch the film again and take a closer look. I read somewhere that Snoke has trained more than one apprentice, could Hux be that other apprentice? Could his over the top dastardly villain actually be a rouse? Is he a Sith hiding within the First Order? Or is it just a blaster he reaches for? Who knows, not me.
So finally, I will say this about The Last Jedi, it was definitely flawed but I am happy with the film overall. It did not go the way I expected but that does not make it bad. I can understand the frustrations of some fans but I agree with the sentiment that Star Wars fans are hard to please. Some say The Force Awakens was too much like old Star Wars and the The Last Jedi not enough like old Star Wars, basically people need to make up their mind what they want. I for one like to be shocked and when they killed Snoke I was definitely surprised. My only real gripe is how much they wasted the character of Phasma, but then again she could have somehow survived, I just don’t know how!
Well this is a strange post for me, I am not a massive Disney fan and I shy away from any of their princess stuff. Maybe I am heading into that territory as I have a daughter now.
Anyhow, on with the post. We recently went to Granny and Grandad’s house where we found that Granny had recorded Moana to watch with the kids. After having seen parts of Frozen and being left very cold (pun most definitely intended!) I was not exactly excited at the prospect. My only other knowledge of Disney princesses had been the twee loved up sort who seem happy to be subservient as long as they get to marry the handsome prince, live in a big castle and be supplied with beautiful dresses. The sort of rubbish that stereotypes little girls and almost tells them that material goods are the most important thing. Strangely the only Disney princess movie I have every really wanted to watch is Mulan and I have never seen that one. I am guessing it is different to the others.
Basically I ducked out of the viewing of Moana and was then bombarded with how brilliant it was. I had to watch it so I could at least make jokes at the movie’s expense. However, when I watched it I actually thought it was pretty good. Yeah it is cutsie in parts and there is a lot of singing but it was fun and the songs are actually quite good. The thing that struck me most was the lack of a love story. Moana is not there to marry a pretty man, she is there to save her people. She is more like batman than a princesses (which is awesome!). She is strong, determined and intelligent as well as having a heart by caring for her family and friends. These are the attributes I would like my daughter to have not just a wardrobe of pretty clothes (although she can have that as well if she can afford it).
Moana is also not overpowered, her strength and speed are in balance with how it would be in real life. She just uses her intelligence and determination to get jobs done. Apart from the fact she is a cartoon, she is a real female and a positive role model for girls. I think the thing that makes the writing of her so strong is that Disney have thought about what makes a good character and not a stereotypical girl. She is not full of the classic princesses but also is not all girl power. In fact, if you got the two main characters of Moana and Maui and changed their genders it would not change the story one bit. In my opinion that is great writing. Yes there are some nuances that only males and females have but I would rather see well written characters in general rather then a well written man or well written women.
So, something I do not say very often, well done Disney. Moana is the princess that young girls need to show they can do whatever they want, not with flitting eyelids and feminine charms but with intelligence and determination. I get the feeling that Disney’s response to this would be, “you’re welcome!”
Finally, a film can’t be bad if it has the line, “oh I see what she did, she covered a barnacle in bio-luminescent algae,” in it! I seriously laughed for about ten minutes after that one!
Something in my head told me that the new Doctor would be a woman but when it was first announced that Jodie Whittaker would be taking over I was a little disappointed. Not out of any sexist agenda but more because having a female Doctor could change the whole dynamics of the show. It has been said that changing male roles to female is not the way forward and that writers should just create more strong female characters. I am great believer in this. That is one reason I love Star Wars so much, each main character is designed well and there are both female and ethnic minority roles who do not feel like they are just shoe horned in.
The more I thought, and the more rubbish I read on the Internet, I realised I was being unfair. We need to give Jodie a chance like we do all Doctors and judge her on her performances (hoping the writers do her justice and do not write her as a strong woman but a strong Doctor with plenty of quirks). She is a great actress after all. But as I was thinking this something else happened, I started to think about Michelle Gomez as Missy. She was great in that role and her performances did not distance her from the role of the Master, she was an excellent addition to that character’s timeline.
So why can’t Jodie Whittaker make an excellent Doctor? I for one will give her a chance. I am now interested to see who the companion will be, will it be a male? Let’s hope it is not just some eye candy or Dr. Who will have gone backwards. Maybe Bill can come back and fancy the Doctor leading to an interesting relationship.
Maybe all my concerns are because I wanted Idris Elba, but he would make a better Master anyway (if he/she has survived)! Right, now the only disappointment is that we need to wait till Christmas to see Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor. I want to see it now!
I suppose I should say that there are SPOILERS in this post, if you have not seen Episodes 3 to 7 of Star Wars then stop reading. But then again, if you have not watched them then why are you reading this? Go get them on your telebox now! So, on to the post…
If you have read any of my previous Star Wars posts you will know that I am a massive fan of the movies but I do not read the books or comics or even play the games. For this reason all my ideas come from the movies. What I like about the new films are that they allow us to keep guessing and coming up with theories (of which mine are probably completely wrong!). I had this theory about Rey being one of many young Jedi that escaped Kylo Ren’s attack and need to be awakened. However, recently, given the title of the new film, I am thinking that Snoke might be the aforementioned last Jedi.
A theory, based on some information from a novel, has come out but I have a slightly different idea. In Episode 3 we see the Jedi wiped out bar two, Obi-Wan and Yoda. Both of which go into hiding. The deaths in the film do not account for all the Jedi in the galaxy. What if another got free and was left searching the galaxy for his kin, wanting to battle the dark side but filled with rage about what happened? What if that Jedi finds out about Yoda and Obi-Wan and feels betrayed? He has been searching but effectively these, more senior, Jedi have left him for dead. He starts to become twisted and evil (sound familiar) and turns to the dark side. He hates the Empire but does not feel affiliated to the Jedi. He watches from a distance, waiting for his time to strike. When the Jedi start to rebuild through Luke he can wait no longer, using the ashes of the Empire to start his plan of destroying all the Jedi and, unfortunately, becoming more like the Empire than he planned. That Jedi has become Snoke. He could have been scarred by the Order 66 attack but got away and has been using Sith powers to keep himself alive.
It is a theory that has buzzed about my head since they released the title of Episode 8 and what is more, it fits in with my Rey theory. Maybe I will now go and watch Episode 3 again to see if any of the Jedi survive!
Some people think that the measure of a good movie is the number of effects or the cleverness of the script or that it pushes boundaries and goes where no other films have gone. To me, there is only one thing I really want, entertainment. The best films, in my opinion, are those that feel a lot shorter than they are, the ones where you realise you are at the final act and it seems that no more than half an hour has passed. This is why I think Rogue One is so good, I found myself sitting in the cinema knowing we were near the end but for the life of me I could not understanding how that much time could have passed so quickly. On leaving to cinema I started to think about the film a little more and I realised that this was the Star Wars film we have all been waiting for. Before I go on I must say that there will be spoilers (if you had not worked that out from the title of the post!) so if you have not seen the film then DO NOT read on. In fact I will make it all even clearer…
Right, now the large spangly banner is out the way let’s get down to business. Before we go any further I must say I was a lot more excited by Rogue One pre the film’s release than I was The Force Awakens, maybe it was that I knew it was going to feel nostalgic. In some ways this makes me more critical, I was expecting it to be good whereas The Force Awakens came after the prequels in release order and was Disney’s first Star Wars so I was skeptical. I think this high expectation is what makes Rogue One even better in my eyes. Whereas The Force Awakens seemed to be a clone of the other movies, Rogue One really pays homage by including links to the other Star Wars films without allow them to dictate the story. From the blue milk in Galen’s house to cameos such as that from Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba and onto mentions of Obi-wan being in hiding, Rogue One gives you the feeling of nostalgia but not deja vu. Possibly my favourite scene in the whole film is a hark to the past, at the end where Vader brutally kills the rebel soldiers much like he did when he was Anakin Skywalker trying to save his mother from the sand people. All these make your feel part of the Star Wars universe but if you took the scenes or references out of the movie the story would not really be different.
I also like that that the movie is not so much about the Death Star but the band of rebels who are trying to steal the plans. I have read a lot of comments and reviews that complain that it is another Death Star story but I think it works as it takes it from a different angle. I love the way they have explained why the problem with the thermal exhaust port exists, it stops doubters and moaners whining about plot holes. I also think the fact you know this movie is not about destroying the Death Star but a reconnaissance mission makes it a different type of Star Wars film. Another triumph is the lack of Jedi and Sith, it would be so easy to shoe horn in someone like Obi-Wan or Yoda then them leave and say they will not tell anyone or that they will wait for a signal before starting Luke’s training. Instead the film just completely ignores them, bar one mention of Old Ben.
My major concern going into the movie was the introduction of new characters and how they were going to deal with where these were later in the series but the idea of killing them all off is great. It is dark, dark like The Empire Strikes Back was, and ties up any loose ends. The way they kill them all is not an ‘oh and they are all dead or cannot be found,’ type affair, it is a legitimate part of the story line. The characters I was most concerned about were the Death Troopers. Whilst I actually quite like the prequels (ok Attack of the Clones is pretty bad) I did not like the idea that the Clone Troopers were so different from Storm Troopers. Now there are new ones that never existed in the original trilogy. Oh wait, they are Krennic’s personal guard and are all killed along with everyone else. Got it, that is why they are not there.
Another great part of the film for me was that there are parts that are set up that will clearly lead to bits in the new films, particularly the idea of the former Jedi Temple on Jedha. This adds to the mythology and we might hear more about that as Luke has visited the first Jedi Temple. I wonder if Rey’s parents are somehow set up or linked to in Rogue One, we just do not know about it yet. I also love that they have woven the story into the existing films, little touches like having Krennic die and there is an empty chair on the head table on the Death Star and us seeing Red Five be destroyed, the call sign that becomes Lukes.
Also the development of character was good, it really was all about them and not the tech. You really felt for Erso and Andor and could see why they were justified in their decisions even though they came to them from different places. I liked that you had both a strong male and strong female lead, that lots of people could identify with them. I really enjoyed the hints at a relationship between them, that sort of ill fated love, the knowledge there was something special between them, something they almost realised before they were annihilated. My favourite character by far, however, was K-2SO. He was so cocky, sarcastic and clever but also very insecure. I love the way that Star Wars makes droids more than machines and I truly feel that K-2SO is the most human feeling of the lot. I had that Darth Maul moment when he was killed allowing Erso and Andor to get the Death Star plans, I wish he was actually in Episode 7 so they could have kept him for more movies. I love R2, C3PO and BB-8 but K-2 steals the show for me.
That massive love in is not to say that there were not areas of the movie I would change but they were not the large ones involving characters and plot I thought they might be. My main gripes are really that Darth Vader’s voice does not sound quite right, I know it is James Earl Jones but maybe the changes in his voice in third odd years means he may not have been the right man for the job. The CGI versions of Tarkin and Leia were good but they did not quite feel right, maybe they can be revisited in the future as technology advances. Also the title screen looked a bit naff, I understand not going with the classic opening scrawl but it looked a little bit like bad word art to me. A pale recreation of the Star Wars text, it may have been the same font but it did not look right to me. Finally, the soundtrack was good but it was not quite up to John William’s standard. A grade A copy but not quite the real thing. These things I can forgive, they are minor blips in an otherwise excellent movie.
So, Rogue One is definitely a great movie, one of the best I have seen at the cinema for a long time. It is a different sort of Star Wars movie but feels part of the whole saga and ties all the films together. It is definitely worth a watch, a second viewing and buying on Blu-ray. It also makes me more excited for Episode 8. Maybe I was not as excited for Episode 7 as it was all a bit new and I did not know where it was going. Rogue One was safe territory, albeit it one that was executed with aplomb. A Star Wars movie where the Storm Troopers can actually shoot is not a bad thing!
Everyone and their dog is giving out Star Wars theories after watching The Force Awakens. I have not really given it much thought until recently. I managed to see Episode 7 in the cinema once but then got back to my hectic life before watching it twice in a week since the blu-ray was released. Many fans said it was much better the second time around as you got over that, ‘Oh yes, I’m watching a new Star Wars,’ feeling and I have to say that I agree. I am starting to move away from the it’s just a rehash of A New Hope and noticing themes and scenes from all six movies in there. It really is a homage and I hope that means they have got the sentiment out of the way for the next two films.
Amongst the list of questions about Episode 7, one of the biggest is, who is Rey? I had a great, if unlikely, idea when I first watched it in that Rey was a descendent of Palpatine and that she has been left on Jakku when Luke realised she could be dangerous. Since rewatching I have a new theory, one that has some form of evidence to back it up, well a few quotes from the film. I suppose I should say SPOILER ALERT but if you have read the title of the post then you probably know there are going to be spoilers.
Right, here goes. I will start off with my theory then try to explain it. Rey is one of a handful of Jedi Younglings that escaped the massacre by Kylo Ren and has had her memory wiped. I must admit I have not read any of the material around The Force Awakens and base my theories completely on seeing the film. So the real question is, why do I think this? Well first I will look at why I think that Rey was a Jedi Youngling. Firstly there is the awakening, she has clearly been trained in the Jedi arts and some of her training is coming back to her as she gets involved in the conflict. Secondly, although J.J. Abrams did says this was a mistake, Leia ignores Chewie to hug Rey so it would appear they may have met before. Next we have the fact that Luke’s lightsabre calls to Rey and she gets some flashbacks of what has happened leading up to this point. So I think with all that we could assume she has been trained as some sort of Jedi. Another piece of information comes from the fact that Kylo Ren keeps asking, “what girl?” When they meet he does not seem to know her but could it be that he knows some people escaped the massacre and that she may be one of these people? Also when he looks into her mind he sees that she dreams about an island in the middle of a great ocean, remind you of anything? Yep, the first Jedi Temple that Luke has exiled himself too. Does this mean that she has been there before, for training, or could it be Luke sending her a message as to where he is? Could Luke also be sending a message to her through the lightsabre? Also, in terms of her being left on Jakku, she could not have been put in a more horrible position. A place where people could easily disappear and if you are searching for someone, a place you would not think to look. Potentially a really good place to hide from the First Order. On top of this we did have Obi-wan keeping an eye on Luke on Tatooine, could Lor San Tekka be tasked with making sure Rey does not get into any trouble?
So those points may add up to show she is a former Jedi Youngling or at least has some Jedi training. But I did say one of many Jedi. It makes sense that if they are hiding one Jedi they may be hiding more. Another point on this is that Snoke mentions that if they get to Luke first they can stop the Jedi returning. Is it that Luke has the power to give them back their memories? That he knows where all the Jedi Younglings are hidden so the First Order want to get to him to stop this happening. If it was just about killing the last Jedi then surely the First Order would let the Resistance have the map and follow them then attack and kill Luke? Without Luke’s knowledge of where all the Younglings are then the First Order may not find them and they may all start to awaken, with memories flooding back they may come together and create the Jedi once again. Is that why Snoke wants the girl as he can look into her head and see the memories so he can find the rest of the Younglings?
The final shot of the film has Luke looking remorseful and downbeaten, is that because he knows that this is the real start of the fight, that he now needs to awaken the other Younglings to take down the First Order so the Jedi can flourish once again?
Well, there we go, that is my take on it, I may be completely wrong but at least it is fun to theorise. Also one of the greatest things about this trilogy is we have no idea where it is going, I do really like the prequels (they are nowhere near as bad as everyone says in my opinion) but you knew how they would end. The only really downer is that we now need to wait till December 2017 to get some answers and with the third installment not until 2019 we may not even get half the answers we want. Oh well, at least Rouge One is on the horizon.
It’s not very often I like a blockbuster and even less often I think one more than some mindless action, but I have got to say that I really enjoyed the RoboCop reboot. Maybe it is because I have never seen the 1987 original but I would like to feel that it is more to do with it being a film that makes you think. Yes there is the obvious upgraded digital effects, predictable storyline and masses of explosions and gunshots with a complete abandon to the damage that is actually being done. But more than this there are some interesting issues. I think the technical term is themes. I have never liked using the word themes as it gives an air of pomposity and RoboCop is by no means a pompous film.
Before I continue I suppose I better issue the obligatory SPOILER ALERT. Although this is not a review but more of a, ‘oh, that was surprisingly good,’ I will need to reveal some story details. So now you have been suitably warned.
The first time I stopped thinking RoboCop was nothing more than a blast-em-up was when they were going to present him to the Detroit public. Yes, at this point I understood that OmniCorp were an evil corporation with a scientist that did questionable things to gain funding for the good he was doing and thus there was a question over his morality and as such we were asked to wonder if effect outweighed cause, but I only saw this as a plot device that was used to get more explosions. However, when RoboCop could not handle all the data being put in his head and they used dopamine to suppress his emotions so he could be controlled I started to think more, especially about the fact that he was now more machine than man. He really was a product of OmniCorp and not a human any more. This made me think more about the way they had manipulated his wife to allow them to experiment and what kind of life would RoboCop actually have? He was never in control, never had a say and could be switched on and off when required. He was nothing more than a glorified executive toy like a sports car or speed boat, an expensive piece of equipment that served one purpose, to allow a multinational company to shift more product in an uncapitalised market. This is made worse by the control that OmniCorp seem to have over areas of the Government and it is only one opposer who is really stopping them gaining access to the American market. They clearly have sway over a popular news program which might be talking about how multinationals today influence us through their use and manipulation of the media.
So I suppose we can boil the themes (I know, I said I hate that word!) down to the following…
- Multinational companies controlling populations and having power over Government and media
- People being deceived by multinationals so said companies can gain more profits
- The lengths and depths people will go to to achieve their own goals, even if those goals are positive to society as a whole
- Corruption within Government departments
- At what point is a human no longer a human? What do we need to replace for them to still be human? Is an arm or leg enough or do we need to take away their free will?
- Can we ever truly control someone or will, like RoboCop did, they break free from their programming?
Now I know the script is not the best and the acting is not amazing, Gary Oldman, Samual L. Jackson and Michael Keaton were good but Joel Kinnaman was just gruff and that was it. However, I don’t expect to be challenged whilst watching a Hollywood blockbuster, I really don’t expect to be thinking about complex social and moral issues. For RoboCop to make this happen for me I am very thankful. Maybe it was all me reading too much info an ok action movie, but I will say this, it kept my attention much more than any blockbusters have for a long while and has at least made me think about certain issues more deeply. I can’t say anything like Transformers or Clash of the Titans has even given me more than the thought I could have spent two hours of my life a lot more productively.