I know everyone is sick of The Force Awakens already, but if you have any interest left, the good news is that screenwriter Todd Alcott has returned to his blog to examine the character arcs of this movie, starting with Rey. And yeah, can’t wait for Kylo Ren.
The major characters in The Force Awakens, like the movie itself, are united in their desire to measure up to their forebears. Everyone in the movie says to him or her self, “You can do this, you can do this.” Like children playing dress-up, they each worry that someone is going to point at them and laugh. Anti-hero Kylo Ren has designed a badass outfit to remind people of his grandfather Darth Vader, General Hux puts on an all-black uniform to make him look like the leader he’s much too young to be, Finn takes off his ill-fitting Stormtrooper uniform and puts on the jacket of the much cooler Poe Dameron, and Rey, literally, dwells in the shadow of the original trilogy, scavenging — like the movie — parts from the ruins of the gigantic machines that fell out of the sky.
Todd is a past contributor to the Beat with some exemplary story analyses of various superhero movies; if you remember those you’ll hurry right over to his blog.