I recently got the chance to watch the last jedi for free so I took up that chance and watched it on a huge projector type screen, with many other people, in a field in the middle of nowhere.
I went in sort of knowing I would enjoy it, because I had watched a lot of reviews and the parts that were praised I really liked and everything bad I was just like “ok I guess”.
And that’s how watching the film went, I saw it slowly destroying star wars and sort of enjoyed it anyway.
The most important part to make a film good for me is enjoyment, nothing else matters if I have a good time. So when Leia survived in space, when Rei and Kylo were joined together and Luke teleported, I sort of didn’t care because it was a fun time.
I can really imagine the perspective of someone who hated the film, they would have seen Leia breathing in space and thought “this is dumb” and it got them into a negative head space which led to them criticising the whole film. The parts that broke the logic of star wars where fairly frequent and lasted a long time which I could see being a problem for a lot of people.
Since I’m already fairly done with caring about star wars on any level outside of entertainment this really worked well for me.
The huge battle at the start between space ships was so great, the idea of a battle on top of a huge enemy space ship is such a good idea and that shot of the bomber ship travelling directly down the middle of the ship, surrounded by ships on both sides was so good!
I really liked how Finns character arc continued from the previous film and I liked how that was still his struggle for what he should do. As an ex storm trooper and a bit of a coward it was really nice to see.
A lot of people also criticised Rose and Snoke as being pretty bad, but from my perspective they weren’t even in the film long enough for it to matter! Snoke only appeared for like 10 minutes max and if you didn’t like him, well he’s dead so who cares? He made such an insignificant part of both films that it really doesn’t matter to me.
Rose was more relevant to the film and people didn’t seem to like her either. The thing is that she was a convincing mechanic and really believable to be in that type of situation. She became sort of pointless after she first helped them but she had sort of become part of the same team by then, she had a clear investment in the survival of the alliance and wanted to help.
Then Luke Skywalker was quite interesting to me and I could see a lot of people disliking him. The thing is that people change and Luke’s change is fairly understandable. Luke was the last jedi for a very long time and spent the majority of his work teaching people to become like him. So when all of that turns upside down it’s very easy to see him becoming bitter like the way he was at the start of the film. Heck even if that never happened I don’t find it hard to believe that he would become that way naturally!
Now it’s not like the movie was perfect except for logical stupidities, I had more things that annoyed me. Something I’ve noticed about the new star wars films is that the dialogue and the sound effects really need some audio editing. There are way too many times when you can’t understand what anyone is saying due to either low voices, loud sound effects or funny accents. Someone who is really bad in this way is Kylo Ren who speaks in such a way that I often can’t understand him, he has a low voice, often slurs his lines and tends to have sound effects that completely go over what he’s saying.
To be honest this fact was the main idea why I hated Rouge 1, I could hardly understand anything that anyone was saying! Granted I watched The last Jedi in a place where the speakers might not be the best and same for rouge 1 (on a plane) so I’m not going to condemn them for this as it’s likely a problem on my end rather than the other way around. But still, the fact that the audio can do this is something that I completely dislike.
Moving on to praise star wars uses special effects to make the world of star wars so much more interesting awe inspiring than ever before. The original star wars had you very interested in the characters, but the world, not as much. The prequels tried to use special effects to make the world more vivid but it was just horribly done, looked terrible and honestly didn’t communicate a very interesting world because perfect worlds aren’t interesting! My favourite sort of futuristic world is something like ghost in the shell since despite being futuristic it still has many problems and is often grimy and dirty which is more believable to me.
The new star wars really changes this and actually uses cgi advanced enough to make a convincing and interesting world, and the parts that were cgi were replicated effectively through real life filming to make the setting even more believable.
This star wars film was also very different from any other as it was all about an escape and being tracked through hyper space (another thing that breaks star wars by the way) which means that the characters tend to be reacting to the danger instead of the other way around. People tend to find reactionary protagonists much less compelling than protagonists that strive to do things on their own. The people in this star wars film were mostly reactionary.
Even with that though it was impressive how the characters made their own actions, seeing people go against orders, find code breakers and face off against Snoke. It wasn’t just an escape however I feel like a lot of people hated that they were just running away the whole time and they didn’t really do anything. I get that but I’m just like “whatever, was good anyway” so that’s my perspective on the film, I hope you enjoyed it!
What did you think?
Also I’ve suddenly become quite interested in films so expect more film reviews/discussions like this in the future in addition to my normal anime content!