This is a very special episode of DitD; we’re changing up the format a little bit and have a special guest. The Last Jedi was in theaters this past month and BD has some pretty strong opinions on the matter.
There are lots of spoilers here, but the thumbnail gave you your warning, so sit back and enjoy the tearing up of The Last Jedi.
BD & D are watching Star Wars The Last Jedi. BD is eating popcorn, D tries to steal a handful, and gets a slap on the wrist from BD.
BD: What? What? Seriously, what the fu..?!!!
On boxing day, me and a friend of mine finally got to sit down and watch the new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi.
Did I like it?
D: No, no he didn’t.
OK I don’t think it’s one of the best Star Wars movies.
D: He absolutely hated it.
No I didn’t, I didn’t hate it. I’ll admit that there are some things about it that I truly did not enjoy or agree with. But also on the other hand, there are some things that were pretty cool.
After spending some time online, I found out that I was not alone in some of the thoughts that I had about the film. That some of the main gripes that I have with it are shared throughout both the Star Wars hardcore community and the non community. The major Star Wars fans, and even the general movie going public.
And with that in mind, here are some of the details that I would like to look at.
First, in the opening scene. Once again, we are treated to another epic Star Wars space battle. In this scene, Poe Dameron is tasked with clearing a path for the bombers to safely approach and drop they’re payload on the encroaching dreadnought.
You would not believe how many comments I read about people freaking out about this scene where the bomber drops it’s bombs onto the dreadnought, requesting an explanation for the lack of any sort of gravity pulling the bombs towards it’s target, yet the bombs still drop.
D: Excuse me, if I may, there is an explanation for that. The modular bombing magazine, called, the “clip” by the bombers crew, would drop the bombs through sequenced electromagnetic plates in the clip, which propelled the bombs to drop in microgravity environments. The bombs would then be drawn magnetically to their targets.
BD: OK, so that would make sense, I guess?but then explain to me how an X-Wing fighter, in zero gravity, can do a 180 in space as if it were a car on a snow drift pulling a handbrake?
D: I got nothing
Now I’m actually ok with these types of things in the Star Wars Universe. This is fantasy science-fiction, not science fiction. To me, going to the movies has always been about taking a few hours to leave everything behind, to suspend reality, including logic, or scientific fact, to escape to a different reality. To boldly go where no man has…
D: Stop it
BD: Fine… moving along then.
JJ Abrams went to extremes to make the last scene of The Force Awakens, a memorable one.
At the end of that film, the search for Luke is finally over, Rey climbs the side of a mountain and finally meets with skywalker face-to-face. At which point she reaches out to hand him back his light saber.
D: That was epic!
It was!!! It was a fantastic way to end the movie, incredible, it automatically escalated the anticipation for the next episode in the series, where we would (hopefully) finally get to see Luke Skywalker back in action. The Jedi master, grabbing his light sabre and racing to Leia’s side to find and punish Kylo Ren for butchering his best friend and brother in law Han Solo.
D: Gotta say, kinda hoping
But that’s not what happened, it’s not even remotely close to what happened, and why would it be. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful that there are filmmakers out there who still want to surprise us, the audience. But sometimes it’s just not handled properly.
D: He What?!!!
Yeah, he just tosses the light Sabre over his shoulder, on the edge of a cliff. Was this played for laughs? Was this just a gag at the expense of an elaborate and beautifully crafted scene at the end of the previous film?
Or was this writer director Rian Johnson giving J.J. Abrams the middle finger?
D: In Defense of Rian Johnson…
BD: Not your job
D: I’m just saying, as the movie goes on, he does explain why Luke would react in that way.
BD: He does, it’s explained later on, why Luke wants nothing to do with the Jedi. Because it’s something that happened a long long time ago, in a galaxy far…
D: I said stop that.
Fine. Moving along then. A question I’ve had ever since The Force Awakens, who are Rey’s parents?
D: Good question.
Thank you. A big part of me was really hoping to get the answer to that question in The Last Jedi. And I did get my answer, well sort of. It was kind of vague, but I guess it formed an answer. Was it the truth? Kylo tells Rey that her parents where alcoholics that traded her off for a round of shots?
D: Never underestimate the power of addiction.
Fine, but if that’s true, it’s kind of crappy don’t you think. This whole build up of who her parents are, and they’re just a random couple of bums from Jakku who love to drink and gamble.
And on the other hand, if it is true, if Kylo was simply lying to her. Then that just means that the film maker wanted to milk this for all it’s worth, and perhaps the truth will finally be told to us in the next chapter. Or her parents are losers and we’ll never hear from them again.
D: I call bullshit
BD: I agree.
Next stop, Leia Poppins, or super Leia. Whichever term you prefer. Now a lot of people had issues with this scene, citing that Leia is not a Jedi, she is merely force sensitive.
D: And I agree with a lot of people.
Hear me out, although Leia has always been portrayed as, force sensitive, in the 30 years that ensued after the last trilogy, remember the time span that transformed our hero Luke Skywalker into a self exiled hermit, it’s not so far-fetched to think that she might’ve dabbled with the force, and managed to control it, at least a little bit, even without any training. And it’s not like she moved an entire ship towards her, she simply force pushed herself, in zero gravity, towards the ship. Or did she?
D: You’re pushing it.
Am I though? I mean anything seems possible in this new Star Wars universe. Luke is capable of force projecting himself to another planet and hand Leia a tangible dice souvenir from the Millennium Falcon and have a light sabre battle with Kylo Ren, from across the Galaxy!
D: Calm down, you’re loosing it. Breathe.
Casino world! There is an entire chunk of this film that could be, and should be cut out completely. It is a completely unnecessary sub-plot that has, eventually, absolutely nothing to do with the story, except for maybe putting characters in different places for the overall arc of the film. But even that is a stretch. The sub-plot of rose and Finn going to Canto bight to find a code breaker named DJ played by Benicio Del Toro, turns out to be nothing more than a red herring, a pointless chase. The only redeemable factor in this entire sequence would be the child that they meet, the one that uses the force on a broom at the end of the film, have some relevance in the next installment.
And apparently, during this whole sequence, there’s another sub-plot that we never see developed, it’s the romantic link between Finn and Rose. I mean why else would Rose stop Finn from sacrificing himself to save the entire resistance?
D: Love, overrated, you should mention Snoke.
You just did. Didn’t find out anything about him in the last movie, didn’t find out anything more about him in this movie. Now he’s dead.
D: it’s getting harder for me to be convinced that you did not actually hate this movie.
I repeat, I didn’t hate it. But I can’t help but feel a little disappointed. There were some really cool things in it, exciting and visually stunning scenes, there were some really good character interactions that I really enjoyed, especially Luke with Yoda. Some of the comedic beats were mostly appropriate and fit in perfectly. One of my favourites was when Poe was trolling General Hux over the radio, it instantly reminded me of Han Solo in the detention center in episode 4.
I didn’t mind the blatant merchandising cash grab in the form of cute cuddly Porgs or the crystal fur puppies. I guess every Star Wars film needs a Jar-Jar.
J.J. Abrams is set to return as director on the final chapter. So, much to look forward to there, this will give him the opportunity to finish what he began.
Most importantly, I want to know what you guys thought of it. So start filling up the comments section down below, like it, didn’t like it, loved or hated it, by all means please let me know. So that I can proceed to pro…
D: That’s where I draw the line.
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