When I reviewed Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I called it a film that utterly bewildered me. After a first viewing, that may have leaned more on the positive side, but upon further rewatches, "utterly bewildered" is exactly the term I'd use to criticize almost every facet of the film. I admit, my opinion has drastically changed on Rian Johnson's subversive take on Star Wars, from a sequel that I thought could potentially stand on its own two feet to a film that has absolutely no idea how to hold itself up. Johnson's toying with the Star Wars lore, though fresh and bold for the time, has severely altered the course of events for all future films to come, and already established films of the past. I'm here not to slam on the movie, but critically take the pieces apart and see where it falters.
The Last Jedi largely focuses on a cat-and-mouse game between the last remaining Resistance fighters, and the new "Empire" (so to speak), The First Order. Kylo Ren and General Hux are our Vader and Tarkin types, with the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke serving as the Palpatine figure. Meanwhile, Rey is off on another secluded planet trying to convince Luke Skywalker to return to the fight, but a disgruntled Luke is weighed down by the actions of a darker past in relation to Kylo Ren. All of the pieces are here for what could've been a worthy follow-up to the foundation laid by The Force Awakens, yet Johnson choosing to veer off J.J. Abrams' course is what creates an inconsistent experience; a continuity mess that dares to sabotage Star Wars' rules and logic.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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