The Last Jedi: A Retrospective

Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is the eighth installment of the continuous Star Wars film storyline. My original review includes all of my positive feelings about the film, and some feelings I’ve since reconsidered. Make no mistake, this film has some worthwhile acting, shot composition, and action. In the Theatre I managed to shrug off nagging concerns and experience what director Rian Johnson wanted to show me. While it had a high production value, and I certainly enjoyed my first viewing, this film makes for a poor eighth chapter in an operatic epic, and an equally poor second chapter for the trilogy begun by Jar-Jar Abrams’ The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: Episode VIII fails in it’s storytelling because the people who made it, and it’s predecessor, have no regard for Star Wars, as a living universe, or as a multi-part epic. The director and studio held a flippant disregard for Mark Hamill’s insightful opinions, and the expectations of those who hold the previous films dear. The fact that this series exists already in six parts means future generations that enjoy it will be enjoying those older films as well. These films don’t work as extensions of that series at all.

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The Last Jedi: Philosophy, Politics, Cinematography, and Story (No Spoilers)

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Star Wars Episodes I-VI: Why Lucasfilm Should Commission New Novelizations


*Spoiler Warning for Star Wars Episodes 1-6

Now that Disney has replaced the stories of the old Star Wars EU with new stories guided by the Lucasfilm Story Group , it would be fitting for Del Rey and Lucasfilm publishing to commission a series of movie novelizations that connect the greater Star Wars universe with the primary films. Novelizations provide the opportunity to expand a story, further exploring character feelings, thoughts, and motives.

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Films to See Blindly

Unexpected plot elements and twists are frequently spoiled for viewers before seeing a film or series, be it by word-of-mouth, by pop culture references in television and films, or by online articles and discussion. There are some films that have the most value when seen with no context at all. This is the case for  the films I have listed below. Some may even be so ingrained in pop culture that lacking any peripheral knowledge of them is nearly impossible. Nevertheless, here they are, with no description whatsoever:

  • Hot Fuzz
  • Eagle Eye
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Knowing
  • Gran Torino
  • World’s End
  • From Dusk ‘Til Dawn
  • Fight Club
  • Terminator
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  • Predator
  • Alien
  • The Matrix
  • Reservoir Dogs