In only two weeks of being in theaters Star Wars The Last Jedi has proven to be the most divisive film of the saga. In my spoiler free review I tried my best to explain, without revealing any significant plot points, why the hate for Last Jedi is completely unnecessary and instead should be lauded for its bold direction. This review is filled with spoilers so I’m warning those now who haven’t seen the film to read at their own risk or read my spoiler free review here. I’ve noticed what aspects of the film people seemed to love and hate the most and analyzed whether they worked well or didn’t work at all. Firstly let’s begin with the most hated storyline of The Last Jedi, the Canto Bight sequence.
If Star Wars The Last Jedi isn’t one of the best additions to the franchise, it is undeniably the best film at expanding the mythos of the galaxy far, far away. Rogue One does this exceptionally well through the character of Chirrut — here are my thoughts — but the Last Jedi continuously does so through nearly all of its characters. The Jedi, as many fans were hoping for in this film, do not engulf the majority of the film’s runtime. They are indeed a central component but not entirely the dominant one. People are going to hate this film (edit: they do) and I was aware of this the moment I left the theatre. Others, like myself, are absolutely going to love this film and how Rian Johnson gives his viewers a unique Star Wars experience.
On December 17th, 2015 I received my first admission decision from a university I vividly pictured myself living and learning in. They didn’t want me. Rejection hurts bad as a seventeen year old and still does two years later at the age of nineteen. Admittedly, I sobbed a little that night scared that I wouldn’t be anywhere in the Fall of 2016. A day later I saw the highly anticipated Force Awakens with around 15 people. For about 2 hours my anxieties and worries of the real world disappeared. I left the theater elated but still scared of the future. Later on I applied to several other schools and hoped for the best. That frightened 12th grader to the left is me.
Ok I’ve been gone for awhile. Alright a very long time. The last time I posted was almost a month ago. The last time I actually posted something inciteful, depending on what you enjoy here, was way back in September. At this point I feel like I’m talking to nothingness right now but I’d like to say I’m sorry. I am truly sorry for taking such a long hiatus from writing and mingling on the WordPress community. This blogosphere, all of those on it and those who actually take their time to read here all mean a lot to me. If you’re still out there, and I really hope you are, I’d like to say that I’m back, for however long life’ll let me be and I wish to reconnect with all of you!
P.S. I chose this Star Wars still for the heck of it. I’m super excited for the Last Jedi!
Why you should watch it: Currently there is a wave of superhero film fatigue among common movie goers, myself included. Over 20 comic book movies have been released in the past 7 years alone, and due to their frequency of releases, critics and fans alike have grown increasingly frustrated with how formulaic, predictable, and recycled comic book films have become. If you are one of those people facing this superhero fatigue, than you should definitely check out Logan. Being a culmination of a Western, Science-Fiction, and a Superhero flick, the film is sure to be the fresh injection into the genre that people have been longing for. Even if you aren’t a superhero nerd, I still encourage you to go out and see Logan. Early reviews have labeled it as The X-Men franchise’s Dark Knight meaning we can expect it to be serious, dark, and, due to its R-rating, extremely violent.
Why I am excited: I’m a huge X-Men fan and I haven’t refrained from expressing this on 4therace. Apart from Star Wars, there is no other release from a franchise that gets me more excited than X-Men’s, so I’ll definitely be there on opening night (or sometime close to it).
Logan is directed by James Mangold and releases (finally!) March 3rd
Rogue One (dir. Gareth Edwards) is the very first entry in the Star Wars franchise’s slated three film anthology series. Many fans, including myself ,were highly skeptical about how necessary it was to tell the story of how the schematics for the first Death Star found its way into Rebellion hands. Rogue One had to prove that its story was worth telling, it not only had to serve as a successful prequel but it had to be a strong stand alone film that could differentiate itself from what are now known as the “Episodes” as well. It had to introduce, for the very first time, non-Skywalker/Jedi affiliated characters whilst concluding their stories without the benefit of proceeding projects. Miraculously, against the immense amount of pressure and obscenely high expectations, Disney, Edwards and the cast of Rogue One fulfilled these requirements and then some.