MEMOIRS OF A NOVELTY ACCOUNT
VOL. III, ISSUE I
I wanted to use this entry to state my opinion on The Last Jedi and the recent backlash. I want it to be known that:
1. I am a huge Star Wars fan
2. I, too, dislike what Disney is doing to Star Wars
3. But I LIKED The Force Awakens
4. And I LIKE the prequels
5. And I LIKED this movie.
People should stop romanticizing Star Wars so much that nothing new is allowed to be tried. Star Wars has never been a masterpiece (except for maybe Empire Strikes Back) and should not be held to such high standards. It has always had glaring flaws in either writing, directing, or acting, but we love it just the same. Why? Because it's space samurai fighting with laser swords! It's awesome!
I believe that people will grow to like this movie. The Last Jedi has not killed Star Wars -- if anything, The Phantom Menace did that. Episode VIII was competently directed, visually beautiful, and emotionally resonant, even if it had some questionable writing and awkward scenes. There were many good moments, like the flashbacks with Luke and Ben Solo, and the quiet parts where the director let John Williams' brilliant score shine through.
I hate what Disney is doing to Star Wars in that the movies (and other media) are starting to feel more like an industry than an art. That's OK -- Disney is under investigation for monopoly and things might get better in the future. At least, I hope they will.
Whatever your opinion is, just remember to take it easy, and have a happy new year.