Since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is only out a couple of weeks, we have the obligatory SPOILER warning for this article. If you have not caught the movie yet, you may want to avoid this one for now.
In some ways, The Rise of Skywalker couldn’t win, with two pretty average movies preceding it, though that is of course subjective. For me personally, I thought The Force Awakens was a copy-paste of A New Hope with less interesting characters and a severe lack of world-building, though with a few good moments. The Last Jedi, on the other hand, tried to be more ambitious, but ended up for me being a bore-fest, which didn’t feel like a Star Wars film at all. In order to try and resolve the trilogy, The Rise of Skywalker was a bloated mess with more plot holes than a Scottish country road in Winter, again, in my opinion.
The movie also had to try and please various different fan groups that had sprung up. There was the Reylo crowd, who for some reason felt like Rey should be together with homicidal maniac Ben Solo. I guess when Ben killed his own Father, someone who helped Rey, it just made her go wobbly at the knees eh? Oh, and then we have the FinnPoe’s, fans who decided that Finn and Poe should get together romantically after seeing the pair spend a whole ten minutes of time together in The Force Awakens and about six minutes more in The Last Jedi.
Now that the movie has been out we have Reylo’s happy that they were right and Rey really did go wobbly at the knees when Ben Solo killed his father in front of her. Maybe it’s the bad boy thing? Yet we had the FinnPoes being angry that their dream relationship did not happen. As said above, this movie could never have pleased everyone, but my worry is whether it please anyone?
Well now we have The Rise of Skywalker editor Maryann Brandon talking with Huffington Post recently, and as far as she is concerned, there was never anything romantic between Poe and Finn in any cuts for The Force Awakens or The Rise of Skywalker.
“Because I’m cutting it together, I’m kind of taking it at face value, and I’m not reading as much into it as an audience. And maybe that’s just my nature. I don’t know, but I think, again, they’re best of friends. There is a kind of brotherhood there where they understand each other, and they’ve got each other’s back.”
As for any future love between the two, she says,
“That’s really up to Lucasfilm if they want to make that sequel.”
Honestly, it never felt romantic to me, mainly because Finn seemed to be more interested in Rey throughout The Force Awakens and realistically Poe wasn’t much of a main character in that movie, only getting a little screen time compared to the other leads. Could they have gone down that route? Yes, but it would have had to continue into The Last Jedi and since that movie didn’t offer any romance between the pair, I feel it’s a bit daft for fans to have shipped these two.
However, Oscar Isaac who plays Poe Dameron certainly felt like there could have been a FinnPoe romance. The actor indicated that it was Disney’s decision not to explore this relationship as a romance when he spoke with IGN recently.
“I think there could’ve been a very interesting, forward-thinking – not even forward-thinking, just, like, current-thinking – love story there, something that hadn’t quite been explored yet; particularly the dynamic between these two men in war that could’ve fallen in love with each other. I would try to push it a bit in that direction, but the Disney overlords were not ready to do that.”
See, I kinda back Disney on this one, because it would have felt like another rushed plot point for this to happen in the final movie and there really was so little time to cover what they wanted to in this movie. Again, for me, if this was a direction they intended, then it should have been progressed further in The Last Jedi, not just happen out of nowhere in the final movie.
What do you think about FinnPoe, was it ever a real possibility, should Disney have pushed this romance further or was it only ever a bromance? Share your thoughts below as always.
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SOURCE: Huffington Post, IGN