No, reread that. He's addressing all the white supremacist trolls that hated and attacked TLJ because it was too progressive for them. He's trying to explain that it's possible to dislike TLJ on its own merits without being lumped in with the fascist trolls.TC wrote:i just started reading his TLJ review and stopped almost immediately:oh, right - got it. if you liked TLJ, you're a racist. here's our apology movie. yes i realize that's not what he's saying, but it's clearly the implication.I also think the people who have been harassing Kelly Marie Tran, John Boyega, Rian Johnson and other creative individuals who helped make "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" are racist, sexist and all-around deplorable human beings (and I use the term "deplorable" quite deliberately here).
We actually sat down with our kids and watched 4-8 again before going to see Rise of Skywalker on opening weekend. I hadn't seen TLJ since the theater, but watching it again didn't really improve my impression much. My quick thoughts on 7-9:
The Force Awakens
OK, it's been a while and we're going to rehash some stuff to kick off the new trilogy. Nothing too original here, but it was entertaining, and I gave it a pass for the amount of cribbing they did from the old films. Decent start, now let's go somewhere interesting with this.
The Last Jedi
Some really cool stuff in here, and a lot of stupid crap. This really messed up the flow of the trilogy, and I blame Disney for not having a better plan for the whole thing as darkness pointed out. Some of the stuff I hated from this movie, just off the top of my head:
- Bombers in space. Why would you build bombers in space when there is no gravity? The first battle scene is fundamentally stupid. Bad start.
- Poe goes all Jerky Boys on General Hux. This scene is so fucking stupid and ruins the tone of the movie right off the bat. This is Star Wars, not Guardians of the Galaxy. Hux is already a ridiculously over the top character, and now we're going to put him in the middle of a dumb prank call.
- The whole central part of the movie hinges on ships trying to slowly outrun other ships until they run out of gas. Yes, it creates some tension I guess, but a slow motion car chase is a dumb plot device to build a movie around. At least The Chase gave us Henry Rollins as an awesome gung-ho cop.
- Tracking through hyperspace. Ok, you've created a new technology as a plot device, just so that you can create a side story for Finn because he needs something to do during the slow-mo car chase. Then Finn meets a maintenance girl and they somehow instantly understand this brand-new technology (wasn't Finn a sanitation worker in TFA?) and that they are only tracking them from the LEAD SHIP (why??). And off they go to:
- The casino planet. This whole part of the story is garbage and boring and everything gets undone later so it doesn't propel the story along at all. It's a lot of work to make the audience understand two things: rich people are oppressing poor people like Rose's family and there's a kid in the stables that can use the Force, implying that it's available to common people too. Cool, I like where that story idea is going and it coincides with the idea that Rey is a nobody. Great! I like those ideas, but I didn't need 20 minutes of the casino planet and the Master Codebreaker to get there.
- Cloaking the getaway ships. Have we ever seen cloaking in Star Wars before? They're just introducing new tech left and right here to solve script problems. Did they meet some Romulans somewhere? And if the First Order can scan for cloaked ships, why aren't they doing it all the time? Why wait until someone mercenary tells them to do it?
- Holdo and Poe. This conflict is dumb and generated just to give Poe some crap to do, which ultimately doesn't change anything and just wastes more time.
- Snoke gets killed before we even find out who the hell he is and how he's in charge and what he's up to.
- Luke acting out of character, which even Mark Hamill criticized. More stupid humor that falls flat like throwing the lightsaber over his shoulder. Luke Skywalker the Grouch.
- More over the top ridiculousness like a whole wall of AT-ATs blasting a way at force projection Luke for what seems like 5 minutes nonstop.
- And the force projection is another new power that seems over the top compared to what we've seen Jedi do in past movies. Another convenient creation to finish Luke's story somehow.
Stuff I liked about TLJ:
- The scenes between Rey and Kylo were quite good. Kylo didn't have as many emo toddler temper tantrums as TFA, Adam Driver was very good in this one.
- The battle scene where they kill Snoke was very cool and one of the best lightsaber battles in the series.
Rise of Skywalker
Too much plot packed into one movie, but it was a better plot. At least the side stories helped propel the main story along and weren't circular wastes of time. Really liked the continuation of the Rey/Kylo story. Agreed that some of the Emperor stuff was unnecessary and nonsensical and felt like fan service. Overall though, this felt much more like a Star Wars movie to me, and the ending was more emotionally moving than the end of TLJ.