(WARNING: This post contains a massive spoiler concerning Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you have not seen the movie yet, do not read past this point. If you either have seen it or don’t mind being spoiled, read on…)

I have now seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the theater four times. This was not by design; things just sort of worked out that way. I have a group of friends who are aiming to see it seven times before it leaves theaters. I wish them the best in their endeavor.

Of course, when one has watched the same movie four different times, he or she begins to notice different han solothings about it. For some, it might be a certain line of dialogue they missed the first couple of times around. For others it might be a reference they didn’t understand the significance of until a repeat viewing. For me, in this instance, what I have noticed more and more with each viewing is how much life Harrison Ford breathes into this story.

Consequently, I have also found myself more and more frustrated by Han Solo’s death with each viewing. Not only did I have to watch one of my childhood icons dies in sort of a cheap fashion (In my opinion, Han Solo goes out with guns blazing, not on the receiving end of what was essentially a sucker punch from his bratty kid.), I am also now faced with the reality that he will not be appearing in the next two Star Wars movies either. This means all the humor and bravado Han Solo brought to this movie will not be present in the sequels.

For some reason, the fourth time I watched Han die felt the cheapest. It just didn’t feel necessary. I mean, I guess I understand it in the overall arc of the story, and I get it from the standpoint that Ford is 180 years old and doesn’t want to be running around shooting bad guys for two more movies, but there also seemed to be a certain shock value to it. It was almost as if the filmmakers needed a major death just to surprise the audience.

I think my feelings on this have less to do with the movie than the fact that I hate – hate – unnecessary pain, suffering, and death. The fact of the matter is, though, that life is full of all three. I suppose that is why I generally prefer my movies not include character deaths which are distressing. If Han Solo goes out with the Millennium Falcon in a blaze of rebellious glory, I can handle that. Then again, I suppose attempting to bring your son back from the Dark Side is a noble death as well.

I actually don’t have much purpose in writing this other than to lament the fact that the next two Star Wars movies will be less lively without Ford’s presence. Sometimes I just like to complain about stuff. Maybe if I watch The Force Awakens three more times like my friends, I’ll be less grouchy. Maybe.

One comment on “The Shocking Death

  • I agreed with you. I was enjoying the movie until they killed him off and I was like, “Come on, Han deserves better and enough with recycling the father-son relationship theme.” I wished they would have done something new and different. In my mind, however, Han Solo will live forever.

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