This is gonna be filled with Star Wars spoilers. You've been warned.
Right. So. Let's just get this out of the way: I really did not like The Last Jedi. I went in with pretty middle-of-the-road expectations, but still left the theater thinking "Woof... that was rough." My main gripes can be boiled down to dialogue that treated the audience like an idiot and that apparently when you try to deconstruct everything, you're just sort of left with a mess of pieces.
BUT, it's easy to gripe and complain about things. Nothing is perfect. Lord knows nothing I've ever written is perfect, and even though reading about why people don't like your work is necessary for growth... it still isn't very fun, haha.
So I want to talk about what I thought was RAD in The Last Jedi. Promote some positive conversation and general giddiness, because isn't that why we go to see these kinds of movies in the first place?
So without further ado...
YO HOW COOL WAS IT WHEN KYLO AND REY TEAMED UP TO FIGHT THE ROYAL GUARD?! The choreography was so much fun and watching the two adversaries having to help one another out led to some serious "OH SHIT" moments (looking at you, Saber-Through-The-Face).
DAWG, HOW RAD WAS IT THAT THE FILM ASKED THE QUESTION "WHY DON'T WE JUST SAY FUCK THE PAST AND ALL OF ITS TRADITIONS?" This is something I've seen really heavily defended about this movie, and I think it should be. The Force Awakens played a lot of things safe (which I think was totally fair and still very enjoyable), but Last Jedi has some if its characters take a step back and say "Light/Dark. Rebels/First Order. Jedi/Sith. They're all just two sides to this never-ending conflict. So why are we supporting either of them? Why are we still playing this game? Why don't we just get rid of all of it and try something NEW?" And I mean, yeah, this is obviously some meta commentary on Star Wars as a franchise, but I dig it. It's new. It's interesting. It validates my desire back when I was a teenager to play KOTOR as a morally ambiguous force-wielding badass.
THE ENTIRE FILM IS ABOUT FAILURE. God DAMN is that a strong theme to get behind. Whether or not you think the story was successful in getting this point across to the audience, I still think it's one hell of a message to try and get behind and applaud them for going for it. You are GOING to fail in life and even though it reeeeeally hurts, it's absolutely necessary.
THE MOVIE WAS FUCKING PRETTY TO LOOK AT. The battle on salt-planet, Rey having her trippy mirror-vision, and of course...
MOTHER. FUCKING. HYPER-SPACE-SHIP-BULLET-SACRIFICE. FUCK. Whether you liked the movie or not, you GOTTA give props to what I would say is going to go down as one of the most memorable moments in Star Wars. The silence, the timing, the high contrast visuals, the FUCK YOU, FIRST ORDER OOMPH you felt when Admiral Holdo just DECIMATED the enemy fleet with her suicidal ship crash was just awesome.
Okay, I'm okay. I'm good. I'm done now.
So yeah... like I was saying... I actually didn't like The Last Jedi. I would honestly consider it to be a pretty bad movie, plain and simple. I know there's a lot of people out there that share my opinion and I know there's a lot of people out there that don't.
And that's okay.
It's easy to criticize and tear things apart (in fact, it's kind of fun), but it is important to remember that something that may seem dumb to one person, may actually be really important to someone else. By all means, defend your opinions and beliefs, but don't be an asshole about it. Don't go into a conversation with the intent to "win". Go in with the intent to have a conversation, which means talking and listening.
It's harder to do than it sounds. As entertainers we often speak with hyperbole for the sake of getting a laugh (if you watch Fan Service, you're acutely aware of my thought's on JoJo). But all of us are guilty of firing up our phones so we can shout our feelings about things, so we can call our friends dumb, and blah, blah, blah. I don't think that kind of behavior will ever go away, but I do think we can all try and be a little more conscious of how we talk to one another.
With that in mind, I hope you guys have a killer week, and may the Force be with you <3
Oh. AND YOU KNOW THAT LITTLE ORPHAN BOY FORCE-PULLED THAT BROOM AT THE END. HELL YEAH.