On Friday, I found myself sitting in the theater to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Initially, I had no plans to go on the official opening day, but thanks to Moviepass and some single seats still being available, I decided to go. Since then, I’ve been consuming quite a bit of content on the movie and wanted to share some of it. Spoilers ahead.
Rian Johnson on The Big Picture
Rian Johnson had a chat with The Ringer‘s Sean Fennessey about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It’s a great (and quick) listen.
Just How Seriously Should We Take This Star Wars: The Last Jedi Backlash?
The divide between critics and “true fans” has been a long-running narrative surrounding the superhero films over at Warner Bros., but this is the first time Lucasfilm has really had to grapple with it. As Forbes points out, when it comes to Star Wars, this appears to be by far the biggest gap between critical and popular opinion. Or is it?
This is a good read on the various ratings around the internet for the film. Personally, I enjoyed it, but there certainly have been mixed reviews.
The Last Jedi Has a Snoke Problem
Now, there’s an argument to be made in favor of offing the Supreme Leader without explaining his whole deal. For one thing, it’s a clever subversion of expectations on the part of writer-director Rian Johnson. Rather than take the obvious path of giving us the information we crave, he makes an abrupt left turn and throws us off balance.
Abraham Riesman is a writer who I’ve been reading more and more from. If you’re looking for some takes to read on Snoke, check this one out.
‘The Last Jedi’ Has Something That No Other Franchise Can Claim
In 2017, our villains must be different. The real world is run by a menagerie of monsters, their misdeeds and grotesqueries made public with every passing hour. Who needs science fiction when we have C-SPAN. And so the Star Wars franchise, revived for modern times with a spunky, hopeful ethic that champions diversity and community, requires an evil that is more complex and more conflicted. Where once there was Vader, now there is his (only?) grandson, Ben Solo, reborn as the self-styled heavy-in-waiting Kylo Ren.
Yes, I started and ended this post with content from Sean Fennessey. This is a fun read on Kylo Ren as a villain.
I still have a ton of Star Wars content saved to check out, so this is only a little look at what’s out there.
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