Review: I Spy Too Many Eyes In ‘The Force Awakens’
December 22, 2015 - Culture
by Bert Jones, culture critic
With all the hype surrounding the premiere of the new Star Wars film, I was worried the quality wouldn’t live up to the promotion. I was sure like everyone else I would find some small insignificant detail to blow out of proportion and completely bias my perspective on the film. This was not the case.
What I did find, however, was a striking and inexcusable lack of eye-less characters in this film.
According to the NIH, up to 1 out of 4,400 babies will be born with Anophthalmia, a medical condition describing a lack of one or both eyes. As well, millions more will lose eyes during their lifetime in a wide range of incidents.
These are facts that appear lost on the creators of Star Wars. In fact, you have to wonder if they have heard of Anophtalmia at all. Because despite there being literally thousands of Star Wars characters, not a single one is missing his/her/its eyes.
That is not to say the film is without its merits. J.J. Abrams has breathed new life into the series by instilling a cast of young eye-filled Jedis to take over the series, setting the franchise up for years of success down the road.
The writing is vastly improved from the prequels (which also featured no eye-less characters), and the presence of veterans Harrison Ford and Carrie Fischer (both of whom have evidently retained their eyes through the years) bolster the film’s reputation and nostalgic effect in the most dedicated fans.
But in the end, The Fore Awakens suffers from that one same fatal flaw that has tarnished every film in this franchise. All of the characters have eyes. And until Mr. Lucas corrects this revolting error in judgement, none of his movies will be worth any value at all.