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Star Wars backlash

A review

By Avery Smith, Reviewer

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This article will contain spoilers so read at your own risk.

 

Lucasfilm released their second movie in the new trilogy and ninth total. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was a monumental success at the box office raking in 1.04 billion. Rotten tomatoes’ rating currently stands a 90 percent, surpassing all of the prequels. The biggest concern however is the audience ratings, currently standing at a 49 percent. The critics loved it, but the audience was split. Personally the movie was pleasant for me; the plot had its ups and downs, but ultimately, I left the the theater feeling satisfied in the end.

 

Despite “The Last Jedi”’s monumental success, it remains split down the middle with fan response Many reported having a problem with characters or plot. As for characters, the list isn’t too lengthy but important enough to raise eyebrows and some complaints.

 

One of the main issues is the strange character choices and events that happened in the film, like Poe and his squad destroying a dreadnaught but at the cost of the bombers which weren’t any good to begin with. Another thing was Leia force gliding through space back to the ship after being blown off of it. Other events more character specific were Luke being an old hermit and pulling the cliche of not wanting to train someone then conforming anyways. It comes off as unorthodox and unusual for the Star Wars fans and doesn’t seem like the protagonists were making very good choices to begin with.

 

The tension between vice-admiral Holdo and Poe Dameron was huge for me, it was so frustrating to think she wouldn’t tell Poe the plan to evacuate the ship and head to Crait just because he was a hotshot trigger happy pilot. It was a lame excuse, and it made Laura Dern’s character seem judgemental and shallow. This in turn, didn’t make me care when she cut the massive flagship in half with the cruiser, I only dropped my jaw because of how cool it looked.

 

Another point that most fans disliked was the fact that the entire CantoBine casino plot line had no reason to exist. What happens is Rose, the rebel technician, and Finn, the ex-Stormtrooper, go to CantoBine to track down a master code breaker to infiltrate Supreme Leader Snoke’s Flagship and shut down the tracker which would allow the resistance fleet to escape. While it may be somewhat essential to the plot and brings attention to the idea of war profit, the movie could have done fine without it. The codebreaker ends up betraying them in the end, and it was executed poorly giving us all prequel flashbacks. The CantoBine plot line, felt really rushed as well; the only thing keeping it afloat for me was the visuals and chase scene at the end with the Fathiers. It was very entertaining, but it didn’t accomplish much.

 

The final and probably most present problem fans had with Star Wars was the pacing of the movie itself. It had about three separate climaxes and ran too long to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. The climaxes themselves were good individually but having them all in a single film made it clogged and tried too hard to pander to the audiences theories and demands.

 

Personally I enjoyed the film, it did have its ups and downs but overall it was satisfying and kept me interested enough to keep watching. The content was amazing, the settings were as well. The key in my opinion to liking these new Star Wars films is being flexible, too many hardcore fans are getting pushed over at the fact that things didn’t go the way they wanted. If the viewers can just roll with the punches, they can learn to appreciate the art form of these films. Movies were never made to just please the audience; they were made to push us, make us uncomfortable, but ultimately entertain us all the same. Given this fact, it solidifies my reasoning for liking “Star Wars The Last Jedi.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

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