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What baffles me about this film most of all is the criticism of it being unoriginal, that it rips off Taxi Driver and The King Of Comedy. I mean, that's like calling the Aussie Pink Floyd unoriginal for playing Pink Floyd songs. This film so clearly and intentionally uses elements from those Scorsese classics to create a Joker origin story that is grounded and realistic, that I'm honestly of the opinion that the similarities really help the film rather than hinder it. By putting it in the context of stories we are already familiar with, it allows us to believe what is happening on the screen could really happen, and that this isn't another overblown superhero origin story that just would not happen in real life.
Oh, and the film's really good too.
This film is a film of duality. It's a film that is both incredibly intriguing and thoughtful, yet rather boring and protracted. The visuals are both epic in scale yet oddly pedestrian. Brad Pitt is brilliant but almost cringe-worthy. I think I liked it, but I really, really, REALLY don't know.
A quick shoutout to all you awful people that brought your kids to see this film. Thank you ever so much for utterly ruining my viewing experience with the sounds of your children's tears.
I really can't be bothered to write much about this as it marks the end of my investment with mArVeL pHiLmS!!!!, which is a position I'm very pleased to be in (I know, good for you and your superior tastes Benjamin). I'll just sum it up quickly.
The film delivers an ending to the Infinity Saga that is satisfying in pretty much every way for a longtime MCU fan, however that only begins around about two hours in. The first hour proves that characters that spend most of their free time galavanting around in spandex and punching things do not do melodrama well, at all. The time travel stuff is just stupid and literally wastes half an hour of your time before the film acknowledges its own gaping plot hole and gets to what anyone else would've done in the Avengers' situation. The final act of the film is pretty spectacular and the ending is great. So if you like mArVeL pHiLmS!!!!, go watch it, you'll love it.
I do want to add something however; the thing is about mArVeL pHiLmS!!!! is that they're all fundamentally pretty stupid, so when they try to get deep, especially with that constant vein of humour running through the writing, I just don't care about it at all. I know that all you want to do is show me the big fight scene, so just do that instead of meandering about pretending you're depressed whilst still cracking a joke about Captain Marvel's new haircut before you get there. mArVeL pHiLmS!!!! really have managed an incredible feat of being so deeply unsure of what tone they want to go for that it somehow works in their favour that they do everything at once.
I loved The Last Jedi when I saw it in theatres. I'm a huge Star Wars fan and have been since I was a child, and I consider myself to have been lucky to have seen all the films in episodic order. I'm VERY invested in the overall arc of the Skywalker Saga, so when the sequel trilogy was announced, I wasn't skeptical, I was excited.
Now, I'm desperately counting down the days til The Rise of Skywalker puts this thing to sleep, and I can move on with my life.
The Last Jedi is an example of an "entertaining sci-fi blockbuster" but an ABSOLUTELY AWFUL Star Wars film. As I've mentioned previously, I loved it when I first watched it. The acting, cinematography, directing and general presentation of the film are leaps and bounds better than any other Star Wars film in my opinion, and when I'm in a cinema watching something like this, that's what really sticks out to me and gets me hooked. But, when watching it on a smaller screen, I start to notice things that I really wish I hadn't.
THE STORY. IT IS TERRIBLE, UNFAITHFUL AND UTTERLY BORING.
THE CHARACTERS. THERE AREN'T ANY.
When you realise that an entire subplot the film spends a fair chunk of time focusing on was completely irrelevant to the central story (I'm looking at you, Rose and Finn), you now know that deep down in the heart of this film, something got lost and died.
What irritates me the most about this film is that I cannot put my finger on what that deceased thing is. There are many things that I supposedly should be annoyed about as a fan but I'm not. To say this film is shoving in SJW politics to Star Wars is giving it credit that it REALLY DOES NOT DESERVE. This is a film that thinks that an empowered female is a tall lady with purple hair that acts completely irrationally and gets half of her people killed for literally no reason other than "I'm the one in charge here", or a woman who falls in love with and attempts to give her life for a man she has known for absolutely no time at all. Yes, what a fine and progressive depiction of women this is indeed!
I really won't go into detail about the treatment of Luke as a character, because we all know already what I think of that. But he's not the only one who is badly written. Rian Johnson's writing isn't just unfaithful to the characters of the original trilogy, it's unfaithful to the characters introduced in the film that this one is meant to be a direct sequel to! Finn's character arc practically repeats itself note for note, as if he wasn't even present for The Force Awakens, taking Poe out of the film wouldn't have changed a single thing about it, and Rey, well, she goes from being a Jedi in training to being a Jedi in training. I really shouldn't be able to sum up the character arc of the leading protagonist in the film that quickly.
Overall, if you're a Star Wars fan on the level that I am, I can only recommend this to you if you want to know absolutely EVERYTHING that happens in the Skywalker Saga canonically, but otherwise avoid this like the plague that it is. If you aren't a Star Wars fan, you'll probably find this enjoyable enough on a technical level.