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I not only enjoyed this film, I was often happy and inspired while watching it. The production values were good and there were several inventive car action scenes. I would have preferred some of the orc/elf action scenes played off each races strengths a bit more (and which I thought the movie had foreshadowed early) and I would have adjusted the twisty stuff slightly but I enjoyed it a lot and after watching it, I was still happy quite a while later. Very good film. 9+/10.
I have been a star wars film for 40 years. Yup, started with it in high school.
In my opinion, the good star wars films are Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Rogue One. Half of Return of the Jedi is good but all the ewok stuff was pretty painful.
I've read the Thrawn books by Zahn but never played the mmorgs or read other books but I would see discussion of them and the events seemed decent.
I watched and enjoyed many Clone Wars episodes but haven't seen Rebels.
So you know where I'm coming from.
So... bottom line: after watching the movie, "The Last Jedi", I've already decided I will never, ever watch another star wars film associated with the executive producer Ms Kennedy or the director Rian Johnson.
You just can't unsee some things. So safer just to avoid going at all.
All right so why is it so bad?
First the minor stuff:
The movie is full of plot holes you could fly a Star Destroyer thru sideways. Star Destroyers are about a mile long, by the way. I won't go into details on those. Just google "last jedi plot holes" or search youtube for "last jedi plot holes".
You will be greated with many pages of results.
The movie is poorly edited. There's a basic rule of editing. If you can remove something and it has no effect on the ending of the play/movie then it should probably be removed.
Even by the kindest view, at least 30-40 minutes of this movie could be completely removed and you wouldn't even notice they were gone. The movie slower than it's chase scenes and I've seen chase scenes involving snails which were faster.
By a harsher view, most of the movie can be removed. Because the movie is literally about the pointlessness of taking any action or making any decision.
Next... the bad guys in this movie (except kylo ren) are idiots. Kylo is juvenile and needs to see Charlie Sheen for Anger Management but at least he's consistently portrayed as the character he is. The problem with clueless bad guys is that it makes people fighting them (who don't merit the title "hero" and well the film actually attacks the very concept of "heroism" so it would be ludicrous to call the people fighting the stoogy bad guys "heroes".) It pretty much also attacks the concept of good and evil. Which is basically attacking a basic theme of the entire series.
This is is the "Craptastic" universe trope, made into a film. As a result, almost all of the movie literally serves no purpose.
The movie not only ignores a huge pile of canon- it even ignores it's immediate prequel. It's one long middle finger to The Force Awakens. Everything set up and handed to it, is ignored, subverted, or rejected.
Here's the problem with ignoring canon reboots. This movie *itself* will be rebooted. In a world where there are canon reboots, there *is* no canon. It may be more or less obvious but you enter a world of Spiderman 1,2,3 followed by Spiderman 1,2,3 followed by Spiderman 1,2, well at least they cancelled 3 that time.
A long series of victories portrayed in the prior movies is completely ignored along with galactic republic of thousands of planets. This film literally rejects, wipes out, obliterates everything that ever happened in any prior star wars movie or animated series and makes it pointless.
It is dystopian, deconstructionist, and nihilistic.
But enough about the minor stuff.
The main purpose of this film is to humiliate and kill Luke Skywalker. Very visually. Repeatedly.
In this regard, Disney, Kennedy, and the Director are calling the audience sentimental fools and telling them to "let the past go and let it die" with a 3x6 (It's must too big to be a 2x4). In my case, they suceeded. I'll let Star Wars go as long as they are making it. Grats!
I don't blame Disney too much- they are just a corporation and with the MCU, they've shown they can make popular, highly profitable movies that respect the characters and the audience (with the notable exception of Mandarin and chinese pressure had something to do with that dubious change.)
If it were possible to give this movie a negative rating, I would. It actively destroys the enjoyment I had in other films previously. I enjoy the entire Star Wars franchise less until this film is erased from canon.
That's it for the review...
Okay so one comment on how to do it better.
Star wars is a trilogy of trilogies. Trilogies start with introducing, then have a period of rising tension with the low point of the entire work in the middle, and then denouement and rising to the conclusion and explicit delivery of the overall message.
Star wars *should* have been
Star Wars 1-3 : Anakin's story.
Star Wars 4-5 : Anakin's Children's story. (Luke and Leia's story)
Star Wars 7-9 : Anakin's Children's Children's Story. Kylo and Rey (Luke's daughter lost when Kylo went bad).
Yin Yang. The spots of dark and light in each. The prior six movies had been building this point.
The republic should have been increasingly successful over the course of the story and the big message would be that the force and force users are both dark and light and extremism is bad. You can be a little dark without being all dark.
In the middle, the republic was at it's darkest point.
By the conclusion, the republic would be restored.
The rating isn't for the quality of plot and acting. They are typical.
However... the film is an incredible wealth of real color carrier footage which I haven't seen in any other source.
Tho not as incredible as "They call me Nobody", this film is a lot of fun. Hill essentially continues playing the character from "Nobody".
Going in, you should know this is a spoof of spaghetti westerns. I don't want to spoil anything so I can't say much more. There were some scenes that were so incredible that I backed up and watched them again. The plot was both predictable and surprising. It has a different rhythm than today's overly lean and hence entirely predictable films.
The acting is serviceable but won't win any oscars. I enjoyed it.
I saw this again recently and I enjoyed it immensely.
The characters... the director gets the characters right and follows the story with all the character high points. The king is immature- but human- not a characters.
The swordplay and stuntwork is creative.
I felt the director had actually read the story unlike the disney efforts. And I think the director had watched the Michael York version. The french court felt the same. Opulant, crazy wealthy- (little bits like servants unrolling a red carpet ahead of the king while he's out for a stroll in the garden).
Rochefort, the Cardinal, were solid tho Rochefort was much more dishonorable.
Athos was suitably athoslike, Aramis was even better, but I adored this Portos. Proud, vain, immensely strong.
Planchett was an interesting note tho. He was treated right but rang false for the first half of the movie but over time he won me over. He was the same Planchett I'd seen in the York musketeers.
The only character I found different was Buckingham. But I simply adored his fashion battle with the King.
I still prefer the York 3 and 4 musketeers but I quite liked this one too.
Go in expecting the three musketeers plus steam punk and you'll be delighted.