On Crait there is a touching reunion between Poe and BB-8. The happiness is countered immediately with Rose walking around saying, “Is this all that’s left?” Given the fire we’ve seen from Rose it’s surprising that she doesn’t punch Poe in the face since he is directly responsible for her sister’s death. Apparently that doesn’t happen to Poe. Poe gets a free pass in life to do whatever he pleases.
The First Order lands and stars slowly moving toward the Big Ass Door with some sort of cannon that is clearly the sci-fi equivalent of a battering ram. This strategy doesn’t really make much sense, similar to the AT-AT attack in The Empire Strikes Back but it does a good job of building tension.
Poe then announces a grand plan to take out he cannon. Since Poe has such a great track record at not getting everyone killed everyone blindly follows him again. At least at this point it seems like they don’t have a ton of choices.
From the trenches a soldier walks out onto the battlefield leaving what appear to be bloody footprints. A soldier in the trenches sticks his finger in the red footprint then puts it in his mouth and spits it out saying, “Salt.” It seems like a pretty unnecessary scene. In doing some research it appears that the planet has red soil and it, for some reason, coated in a thin layer of salt. That’s pretty neat and extremely cool visually but having this odd exposition seems out of place.
In one of the most visually spectacular moments in the movie a squadron of odd ships, balancing on single skis, bursts out of the base and begins their attack on the First Order army. Great plumes of red salt burst out from behind the fighters like smoke. In retrospect I am unclear if the red is the soil or salt at this point but it sure looks pretty.
When it looks like all is lost the Millennium Falcon comes from out of nowhere with Rey at the helm, blasting TIE fighters. Everyone is now reunited in one glorious battle. All this excitement is punctuated by Porgs immitating Chewbacca and being thrown against cockpit windows.
As it becomes clear once again that they are outmatched they give the order to retreat but Finn ignores it. He decides he’s going to sacrifice himself to save the rebels and begins accelerating toward the battering ram cannon. It seemed odd that they would kill Finn off in the second movie and apparently that was not the plan since Rose comes from out of nowhere and rams his ship with hers, a move that seemed almost as likely to kill him as what he was planning to do.
Finn runs over to Rose where she has to explain to him why she did what she did. “It’s not about destroying what we hate, it’s about saving what we love.” She then calls him a dummy before he kisses her and she passes out. This is a great message but it might be a little lost in the fact that it seems like they are still going to be destroyed.
On cue the First Order army destroys the blast door and it seems like the end is in sight. To add insult to the Resistance’s injury it is revealed that their distress signal has been received but they have gotten no response. Leia then looks all depressed saying: “We’ve fought to the end but the galaxy has lost all its hope. The spark is out.”
This movie is really starting to be a major bummer.
Next up . . . Kylo Ren vs. Luke Skywalker!