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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Heath’s 2nd Opinion Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Heath's 2nd Opinion Review

A fine New Year to you all. Here’s my non-spoiler review of the most divisive Star Wars film ever made. And stay tuned afterward for my brief assessments on Blade Runner 2049, Stranger Things: Season 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League, and Coco.

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  • gd smith said

    I like some of the twists. But I think they will be back peddled in the next movie, which will cause further problems. The chances of JJ Abrahams and Disney sticking to the bolder decisions of STTLJ are virtually zero. My guess is more fan service with a slightly ambiguous ending, probably like having Kylo gravely injured and spinning off into space, so they can bring him back as something a bit more Vader-esque for the next round of trilogies with Rey side-tracked coz she isn’t that popular and they’ll want a new orphan to rerun pretty much the same story yet again, as a sort of pseudo reboot.

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    • The Host said
      The Host

      That’s pretty much exactly what they did with EMPIRE. Audiences were taken aback so much by the film’s dark narrative, that they wound up making the next film more safe and child-friendly.

      Hoping that won’t be the case with EPISODE IX, but hearing all of the mixed feedback from fans is making me think that history might repeat itself…

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      • gd smith said

        I dunno, the main problem to me isn’t that it’s too dark. I like those bits. But it’s just not very good. Subplots that drag and go nowhere, that Mary Poppins moment, bad jokes. It actually suffers from a lot of the problems the Snowman suffers from in that it is very pretty, sort of incoherent and sort of unfocused. Rogue One was darker and it was better too.
        To be honest. I think people want the new Disney Star Wars universe films to be awesome and they simply are not. There are much better blockbuster/pop corn movies out there. This year alone, Wonder Women was more emotional and heroic (the no-mans land scene v Skywalker’s face off against the First Order). Logan had more depth and conveyed the aging hero arc better. And Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was more fun. Sadly. I think Disney Star Wars is powered mainly by brand loyalty , good faith and hope. I’ll still turn up for them, but I can’t say that I’m that enthusiastic.

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