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I should have stopped when I wondered what that unnecessary drama around the dinner table was for. Wannabe art film littered with "art film" cliches.
I could not empathize with the lead character because the story lacked focus. It was not clear to me what narrative perspective it had. It did not help that the acting was wooden. Carlo Aquino seemed to be the only one alive on screen. It tried to humanize the heroes we valorize, but that could have been helped with more efficient storytelling and acting.
If this were not a Star Wars film, I bet everyone would agree on how awful the storytelling is. I don't really care if Luke dies or not, if Leia floats or not, just show the story in a very good way. Don't surprise me with Jedis Ex Machina. Rian Johnson probably thought he would be some enfant terrible of the Star Wars series and redefine moviemaking with this installment, but no. You need decently good storytelling skills to break out of the box. The same foundations you have for traditional storytelling are the same foundations you will rely on to break the mold. The basic rules don't change. I appreciate the ideas that Johnson wanted to introduce with this movie, but tell it wonderfully. Otherwise, he can just write an essay about the gray areas between good and evil, and junking the past and stuff like that. Those questions should linger in me after I have seen the movie. The movie should live and breathe those questions throughout the movie. I think this was just an exercise in junking tradition and those issues just happened to be convenient tools to do change for change's sake. This looked as if it were told by a kid playing with his action figures and decides he could tell whatever ridiculous story as he pleases. "Oh, sweetheart, Princess Leia can fly?" "Yes, mommy, she can fly. And Luke can fight anyone from wherever he is." "Like playing on the internet on his phone?" "Yes, except you can recharge a phone. Luke just runs out of juice." "Oh, I'm sure the Jedis have something up their sleeves to resurrect Luke."?
was a bore. It felt like a mini series squeezed into a movie and still managed to be boring. The story and editing were clunky.
It's so fluffy I just want to hug it and console myself.