By Teerack 0 Comments
The issue with the last jedi I think most people would agree isn't the details of the movie itself, but the fact that its part of a trilogy and one of the most successful and expansive fictional universe that ever existed, yet it doesn't really expand on the universe it almost seems to focus exclusively on closing doors for the universe .
If the Last Jedi was only the second Star Wars film ever, sure it could have been fine, but it was in the middle of a trilogy that stepped all over ideas and foreshadowing from the first movie in the trilogy. It's even been confirmed that JJ had plans for Rei and her linage that Rian Johnson pretty much ruined. The way it handled Luke was also some impressive character assassination. it closed a lot of doors on things that a lot of people cared a lot about so to me it just kind of felt like a slap in the face disaster movie. Basically Luke went from a character who once did so much in Legends to now being a character who post episode 6 really didn't do anything in his life except almost murder a child for having a nightmare. It made the galaxy feel super small and uneventful.
There are a lot of people who don't care about the star wars legends cannon, and that's fine, but you need to understand the actual IP that Disney bought and was working with. This series was arguably the most impactful fictional setting for genX and something that has existed the entire lives of people in genY. You can't just pretend that none of the content people grew up with doesn't matters just because its "no longer cannon" How many times has DC redone their universe's history? Like 15+ or something? The only reason people are able to accept losing all of the history of the DC universe is because they know it will be refilled with new stories about the characters. In none of those different reboots of Batman does he just give up and quit being batman and then die a pointless death without having really done anything(least not in the main universe). The reason why is because it wouldn't be well received, it wouldn't at all be true to the spirit of these character, and it would honestly be disrespectful to the writers who came before. Just because not every past story is still cannon doesn't mean it didn't help add to the mythos of a character, and define who they are and how people see them/expect from them. Luke Skywalker being a man who gives up and considers killing his own nephew because he was having nightmares without having really done much else in his time since episode 6, sounds like and should have been a joke to anyone in the writers room making TLJ.
I think with young people and people who aren't tied to the history of Starwars as much usually they like the movie a lot(similar to the prequels), so i guess there is an argument that the movie isn't for people like me, but i kind of find that hard to believe it wasn't just a big mistake(also similar to prequels) considering what JJ said about how it ruined his plans for the characters, and the fact the final movie in the trilogy was basically damage control trying to undo as much of TLJ as it could. (Unlike the prequels though these new movies came at the coast of decades of story and history. Even if you don't like the prequels in the end all they did was add on to the universe without taking anything away. Pretty much the opposite end results of these where no new stories can really be about the core original SW cast anymore)
Even though I don't really think these are the main reasons why people dislike these movies I'll still say a bit about the details of the movie. A good chunk of the movie felt like filler/making fun of the franchise. Poe's whole story line was weird and was basically saying "star wars heroes dont exist idiot lol!" and then the whole casino world was a drawn out thing just to get animal pod racing into the movie. The master code breaker was also stupid and random and i think w/e plans they had for him were ruined some how cause i don't believe all we got could have been the entire concept for him(or im overestimating the writers and they fully realized their vision of this characters role in the story lol). Phasma was also wasted and killed off like it was nothing. Rose also wasn't the worst character to me, but her nearly killing herself to stop fin from nearly killing himself because no one should almost kill themselves? to me was super pointless, silly, and hypocritical(also if one of them was going to maybe die why not idk.. save everyone else??). It honestly felt like a SW movie that was trying to say screw other SW movies, screw the destiny, dramatic irony, personal convictions, and self sacrifice story beats that drives the franchise. Last think I'll say is just simply Soke LOL and the Knights of Ren LOL
In the end it didn't add anything to the franchise it only acted as a movie that closed doors on Rei's family, Luke's past and future(the new jedi order doesnt even exist xD), completely wasted the villains set up in the first movie to the point where they don't even acknowledge the knights of Ren in the movie. Basically TLJ made the SW universe feel small and uninteresting in every way it could.
And I know as I wrote this my bias came out more and more, but really in the very end what it comes down to in this movie. Is how much you care about the over all universe of star wars. If you care about it a lot, and have some strong feelings about who characters are, and care about proper story telling, then its hard to like and get over what this movie was all about. If you really don't care and just wanted to see some new exciting movie and are able to just not consider or know about anything from the past, then sure this movie is a fun time. Arguing about if this movie is good or bad is hard just because it comes down to one side trying to convince people to care about things they don't care about and the other side telling people to not care about things they do care about, and that's just not really a battle worth while. Anyway that's how i see it. Hope you enjoyed the read. o/