Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a movie that could have been good, had all the elements of being good, but then decided to take advice from its Resistance generals and hide from the challenge. Instead of facing head-on the opportunity and striving to be great while acknowledging the risk failure, it chose to preach and stick it’s head in the sand. Ironically, that attitude lead to disaster both for the movie and the Resistance.
I’ve just seen the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise – Star Wars: The Last Jedi and I have to say, despite some great scenes, it left me dissatisfied at best and deeply disturbed at the worst. As a writer I’m going to approach this from a storytelling viewpoint, without discussion of the obvious social issues presented, although it is my belief that the storytelling suffered due to the influence of a social agenda.
To begin with, it’s important to acknowledge that no story is all bad, so any critique should start with the positive; and there were enough of them for many people to look past the short-comings (although this seemed easier for critics than fans, judging from the Rotten Tomatoes scores). In fact, if the scenes of Star Wars: The Last Jedi were reworked and reordered somewhat I would probably have found this an amazing movie, instead of a dissatisfying mess.
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