The Last Jedi | Fangirl Friday

This year I managed to get tickets for the Midnight premiere of the new Star Wars movie. I went with two friends and it was a wonderful experience, even though I wasn’t entirely fond of the movie. I have a hard time putting everything in words, but I will try.

Before I start this, I want to mention, that I consider both The Force Awakens as well as Rogue One incredible movies and great additions to the Star Wars Universe. And it is not that I didn’t like the movie, but I had my issues. As I mentioned it’s hard putting it in words – or structured sentences, so I guess I try bullet points.
The Bad

  • So many storylines. There were a lot of characters and they all were teamed up in very small groups, so you could not really focus on any of it properly. This meant that some of the storylines were great ideas, but poorly executed in my opinion.
  • That also meant that most characters lacked depth. sure, you knew them from Episode VII (or earlies),
    but they often did not get the time to breath and sometomes even were inconsistent. While inconsistency made sense with the people that struggled to find their place, it really did not with others. (The only ones that seemed entirely true to themselves were Leia and Poe – who are also my favourites. Besides the droids, sure.)
  • As was to be expected there are quite a few scenes with Rey/Luke and Rey/Kylo (also why are they sometimes almost forcing the idea of this relationship on us?) and while these do make sense and some ideas were amazingly done, I think overall it was handled were awkward/weird/cringy at times.
  • You feel Disney’s influence. And not in a good way. In the jokes and also in the general feel sometimes which I did not really enjoy. I think – though of course I do not know for sure – J.J. Abrams as a director would have handled that more delicately and not in this Disney-in-your-face-way. (Also the focus might have been a bit more on Finn again, instead of turning him into a side character.)

The Good

  • From somewhere in the middle/two-thirds on it was an amazing movie, intense, good action scenes and good emotional ones as well.
  • Poe Dameron. I was smitten from the first scenes of TFA, but in this one he finally became my definite favourite of the new trilogy. He is one of the few characters that had a consistent storyline and character in this, and it was so likeable. Which is of course also very much due to Oscar Isaac, though I think he was written so well, too. Also the obvious crush on Finn, made me ship them even more.
  • But also his relationship with Leia. I think this was one of the most elaborate relationships in this movie, they had a couple of scenes together and they were fantastic. I think Carrie and Oscar had a great chemistry, so that transfered well on screen – both the official (Leia as his superior) part and their friendship was so believable.
  • The set design, costumes, picture in general. If there is one thing this movie did maybe even better than Rogue One it’s th entire graphic departement. That was so amazing – there was a lot of intense red, which I love and just in gerneal both the things that were there physically as well as the animation. From the wonderful costume of General Holdo (portrayed by the wonderful Laura Dern), the nod to young Leia of Billie Lourd to the island. It was stunning.

A few rather spoilery things – so skip right ahead if you haven’t seen the movie.
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  • The scene were it switches to a fantastic movie is the scene in the red room with Kylo, Rey and Snoke. It was both a damn amazing fighting scene and as I wrote from then on the movie was amazing.
  • The Leia floating scene in my opinion was way over the top. We know the force is even stronger with her than with Luke and Star Wars isn’t realistic in that sense, I think that was way off even Star Wars logic.
  • The way Oscar Isaac played Poe’s crush on Finn was wonderful, however I think the way they force wrote Finn to be straigther than anything in that universe. To be honest in this new triology I think their’s is the only romantic relationship that makes sense/has chemistry, but oh well, of course Disney can’t risk losing the Chinese market over that (I think I once read that J.J. was actually very supportive of the relationship turning canon).
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