Finn’s Force and ANH (RoS spoilers)
Finn’s relationship with The Force, ultimately, is like the Force as depicted in the original movie. The original movie describes and depicts the Force as a pervasive mystical energy field that binds the galaxy together. It’s mostly about perceiving things and also swaying the weak minded. The Force is a guide, but it also can be affected.
Even the memorable force choking scene is ambiguous enough that it could be Darth Vader playing a mind influence trick on Admiral Motti (in real life, the actor performed the effect by flexing his neck muscles; so it could have been Darth Vader making Motti choke himself against his will).
In fact, the first time we unambiguously see the Force used to physically move something is when Luke Skywalker makes his light saber budge in the Wampa cave, in The Empire Strikes Back
But in ANH? The only example of the force being used to apply a physical force is ambiguous.
= = = SPOILERS BELOW FOR THE RISE OF SKYWALKER = = =
In The Rise of Skywalker
we see Finn has completed his search for his life’s purpose, and now he becomes a mentor. He isn’t a Jedi and has no Jedi training, but he still comprehends the Force and has the same relationship with the Force that Luke had in the first movie.
I think it’s an interesting contrast to the fancy flashy wizardry displayed by Rey, Kylo/Ben, and Palpatine.
In the previous movies, I had always thought of Finn as someone who only had an ordinary person’s level of affinity with the Force. However, with The Rise of Skywalker
I see something more. Thematically, I feel like Finn’s example recalls a more spiritual mystical depiction of the Force which has mostly been lost.
I mean ... spiritually, Finn’s foil is actually Han Solo. In TFA, Finn says they’ll use the Force to figure out where to go. Han Solo retorts that the Force doesn’t work like that. Except Han Solo is wrong about that. That’s precisely how the Force works.
And lo and behold ... in The Rise of Skywalker
that’s exactly what Finn does. He uses the Force to basically find a needle in a haystack.
Han Solo may have traveled all across the galaxy, and seen the Force accomplish amazing feats, but he still didn’t understand it at all. Not the way Finn intuitively understood the Force.
So. Finn is entirely self taught, with no training and no encouragement. And yet he is seemingly a master Force seer? He comprehends the Force well enough to explain it to another person, more perfectly and succinctly than most Jedi Masters? Hmm ...