For those of you who have read my review of The Force Awakens, I've been incredibly underwhelmed with the latest Star Wars movies. I'll also admit to not being the biggest fan of the franchise in general. I personally believe the originals were a bit cheesy, the second batch lacked chemistry, and these new ones are a snoozefest. But they're not all bad. I will say I agree with pretty much any female lead in a sitcom from the last decade, and I think the Ewoks are cute.
See! I can say something nice!
But The Last Jedi takes the cake. Oh. My. Word. There are so many things about that movie that were just bad. It actually made my blood boil a little bit. I walked out walked out of that theater feeling like my intelligence had been insulted. As I mentioned in my review tagged above, people will love anything because it's a Star Wars movie. I personally believe that the creators know that and are not afraid to serve up junk because they know it will still make a bagillion dollars.
You know what? I'll even start with something I liked. Shake things up a bit. All of the inner turmoil that Luke was going through was multi-layered and fascinating. It was one of the most interesting parts of the the movie, and needed to be be fully flushed out and processed. The creators could have really dug into how the boy who once looked out on the horizon and dreamed of adventure could develop himself into a legend that he barely believed in, and has later hidden himself away because he doesn't trust that legend to not screw things up again. But did they give us that beautiful moment of character growth for Luke Skywalker to work through his demons? Nope. Instead, Yoda showed up out of nowhere. Suddenly we were back to Episode VII-level fan fiction of taking some Star Wars-y ideas and just running around with them. Having Yoda magically show up in exposition form to tie up all of that turmoil with a pretty bow is nothing more than lazy writing.
Eye roll #1.
Leia can now fly through space? Really? Leia, the one who occasionally 'feels' something but never seems to use the Force much, Leia? That really would have been a handy trick for the rest of the Jedi to know about beforehand, huh? Have your ship blown to bits? No problem! Just survive it by flying through space! The Force is with you!
Are you serious? That was nothing more than some "the Force fixes everything" bullshit, and again, it's just lazy.
Eye roll #2.
But what killed me was at the end of the movie. My intelligence was solidly insulted, and your's was too if you were paying attention. They all escape to the abandoned hidey hole in the sky (which was also super convenient, by the way), and there is this whole bit by Poe about how they have looked at schematics and done scans, and basically said, "That big ass door is the only way in or out of here." Then all of the sudden, THEY'RE OUTSIDE! I sat up straight in the theater because my head nearly exploded. Not only were they suddenly surface bunkers they would have crawled into from somewhere, but they were flying ships!! What supposedly non-existent hole other than that door was big enough to GET A SHIP OUT OF? The only thing I could think of was the hole in the plot. After that I, quite literally, leaned forward and put my elbows on my knees and my head in my hands. That was the dumbest thing I had ever seen, and I lived through Clear Pepsi, scented markers, and the 1996 Olympics mascot, Izzy.
I have had multiple conversations with people about that scene over the past few days, and many of them noticed the exact same thing. But, much like the last movie, people just shrugged and gave it a pass because "it's Star Wars".
Come on, guys. We should all expect better than this from a franchise this successful. Once again, we don't have to whisper that these movies are bad.
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