Mr. Reindeer wrote:Hopefully not wandering too far off topic...I liked The Last Jedi (I’ve liked all three of the new films for different reasons, although Rogue One was by far my favorite). It subverted some of the series tropes in very interesting ways before settling in and doing exactly what you expected it to do in the final act. Honestly, I think reactionaries on both sides are exaggerating how much of a departure the film was. It was the standard arc presented in countless popular novels and big-budget films: (very vague and obvious/well-publicized plot spoiler follows)Spoiler:disillusioned former hero has to be persuaded to rejoin the fight.
I enjoyed the way the film toyed with adding some moral ambiguity to Lucas’s light & dark-themed mythology, but that was pretty much thrown out the window. I do admire Johnson as a filmmaker (the “Ozymandias” episode of Breaking Bad is astounding), but Last Jedi isn’t remotely in the same playing field as TP:TR when it comes to revolutionary sequels. I still find the parallels between the two works neat, tho’.
Somebody mentioned a few pages back that there was something festering in this thread, and without going into the scrutinizing any of that, I can say that it is a mere storm in a teacup compared to what is going on after this SW movie. I tuned out of the whole thing and never saw anything past episode III, I have simply not been interested, having an idea where Disney might take the whole thing. Ditto for ep. IX and "Rogue Too" should it ever come out, and we all know it will. I did happen to see some YT videos of the profoundly disappointed folks there, oh boy. Let us not forget that there is so much money involved with that franchise that should this game with subverting some expectations result in a major money loss (tickets, toys, whatever), some people may as well choose a different career. I do not see that happening though, the revolution devours its own children and these SW fans will be kicked out of the party and end up at the windows looking outside in. Maybe some collectors will be able to scoop some SW memorabilia for cheap though, it might hit the market soon.
This thing with subverting expectations better not catch on, as it may be fun when a director or screenwriter does it, but not when your dentist or car mechanic pulls it. Maybe we should blame Brad Goodman and his "Inner Child Workshop", most of us surely remember how that ended.
Mr. Reindeer wrote:(And let’s all take a moment to reflect on where the Star Wars franchise might be if a Dune-era DKL had taken Lucas up on the offer to direct Return of the Jedi. I don’t think we would have gotten Ewoks .)
The question there is would there ever have been any Twin Peaks? So having Ewoks for that reason alone was very much worth it.