I’m in a let’s say an abusive love/hate relationship with this movie. On one hand it does things that I like, but on the other it breaks every movie and SW rule ever establish. As much as of a shitty person Rian Johnson is, he did have some good ideas that should’ve been continue into the next movie and fleshed out more, but we all know how that turned out in the end.
When I first saw the movie in theaters, I loved it! Hell I thought it was just as good if not better than Empire, but at the time I had my fan goggles on the whole through the film. Fast forward a few months tons upon tons of videos were made about TLJ about how much of a bad film it was, I felt like I was crazy for liking a bad movie, and this is coming from a guy that likes bad movies, for god sakes I think Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a good movie! (And you know what, I don’t have to explain myself) Anyways back on track; So I watch a few critique videos, and then a few more, and a few more, and more, and more, and more, till the point I realized “Yeah, maybe this movie isn’t as good as I thought it was”
And so as these past few years have flied by, and TROS has come and gone, I’m still stuck in this spot trying to collect my final thoughts about this movie and how I feel about it. So I guess here’s what I like about it:
Poe has an arc. I know a lot of people have complained about his character in the movie, but you go and watch TFA he’s not that different. I’m well aware it wasn’t all that good all the way through, but in all honesty it was just one of the better parts of the movie.
I like that Rey was a nobody. People either really loved or hated this twist when they first saw the film, I was one of the folk that thought it was good, because she is the polar opposite to Kylo who comes from a family of legends, while Rey comes from nothing. This is good writing, you can not tell me it isn’t, and JJ went and recon it in TROS.
Now that all that is out of the way, Here’s what I don’t like about the movie:
Holdo is a piece of trash, Rose tells Finn, A STORMTROOPER that war is bad, WHY THE HELL IS SHE TELLING HIM THIS, HE ALREADY KNOWS! Characters do some of the dumbest stuff to move the plot forward, some hermit named Jake is trying pretend to be Luke Skywalker, Leia turns into Mary Poppins, and the Holdo maneuver, ugh just thinking about makes your brain hurt…
So yeah, that about sums up my feelings about this film