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 isn’t good as a stand-alone film, a chapter in an epic, or the second of this trilogy. Star Wars: Episode VIII fails in it’s storytelling in a number of frustrating ways.
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*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.
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
- Gran Torino
- World’s End
- From Dusk ‘Til Dawn
- Fight Club
- Terminator 2: Judgement Day
- The Matrix
- Reservoir Dogs