The Fangirly Diary of a Geek Girl: How I learned to stop worrying and love Star Wars~
Greetings, fellow fangirls and fanboys! This week it’s all about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, because it has become the most divisive Star Wars film ever, and there was much to talk about. Also, new images, casting news and a new title! Here’s how the week started:
Our beloved Space Mom Carrie Fisher passed away a year ago, and besides all the pain and sadness, we wondered what will become of her last role, that of Princess Leia/General Organa in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The movie premiered and we were told her arc didn’t change. It was as it was meant to be. Director Rian Johnson said why:
Given that we have a beautiful, complete performance from her that I think audiences deserve to see, and I think it will mean a lot for them, that ray of hope from Leia. For all of those reasons I felt really strongly that we had to let this fly. Luckily we have a fantastic storyteller in J.J. Abrams who is going to figure out a way to bring it home in the end, that’s going to be satisfying, I know he’s going to. With this movie I just wanted audiences to have this performance.
Rian Johnson also commented on what Kylo Ren said about Rey’s parents… one of the most awaited answers Star Wars: The Last Jedi was supposed to answer… which it did, with mixed results. Personally I find it amazing, and I would hate if it were retconned.
I don’t think he’s lying in that moment — I think he is like telling what he saw and I think that Rey seems like she believes it in that moment. So for me, I wrote it as an honest revelation and as an honest kind of reaction to it, as opposed to a move in a game of chess.
On loosely related news, because Oscar Isaac. He’s in talks to voice Gomez Addams… on a computer-animated Addams Family movie. Dammit! I mean Oscar as Gomez is the best idea, and people have fancasted him in the role for a couple of years now (that I am aware of), but why waste his face on an animated movie. I mean, just look at him! His Sucker Punch look is basically perfect for the role!
You know how Amazon is doing their adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels, and we will probably have a Gandalf there? Well, Sir Ian McKellen is putting himself out there because he wants to keep the role. Good for you, sir!
I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked. But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it? Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I’m not too old.
In box office news, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened to a near-record $220 million in USA and about $451 million globally. I say “near-record” because first place remains with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its $247.9 million first weekend.
It seems that J.J. Abrams has already pitched the Star Wars: Episode IX story to Disney. Damn, too late for those fans who hated Star Wars: The Last Jedi to send in their ideas! Episode IX already has a working title apparently, and it is Black Diamond. Cue the fan theories!
We are getting over 20 minutes of Star Wars: The Last Jedi deleted scenes in the home video release that include Finn, Rose, and DJ sneaking around Snoke’s ship, a scene where Poe is catching Finn up on events during his recovery, and a full training sequence with Rey and Luke. And you know what else? A freaking blooper reel. I am so happy!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is officially the most divisive Star Wars film to date. Yes, that includes the prequels. Some unsatisfied fans are campaigning to have The Last Jedi removed from the Star Wars canon. Yeah, that’s kinda dumb and I hardly think Disney is going to do it, but if they have to vent that’s fine as stupid I think it is. Did I mention how stupid I think that petition is?
While there are plenty of things to criticize about TLJ,
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I enjoyed the film overall, and I think a lot of legit complaints are being overshadowed by louder disappointment of theories and interpretations. Also, Hamill’s original comments were that 1) he disagreed with Luke’s exile direction in this film and the sequel trilogy as a whole AND 2) this version of Luke fit the film and this is his favorite film to watch (if not act in) after Empire.
I think the trauma of watching your entrusted nephew make his final turn to the dark side due to YOUR moment of weakness, of watching that nephew turn your students against each other, is enough fuel to propel Luke into exile and doubt the Jedi…in the very place where he could learn more about the Jedi. Furthermore, while Luke couldn’t blame himself for Darth Vader, he could definitely blame himself for Kylo Ren, and could feel that any more moves on his part (until Luke showed up at the end) could cause more damage.
Just as I think the film needed at least a few more months to think through how to depict the material they had (how to better execute the conflict between Poe and Holdo, some extra imagination in the design/subplot of Space Monte Carlo, not cutting Finn talking about being in the First Order – which would have led nicely to the later fight w Phasma, etc), I think certain critics need to think through how they present their arguments…such as not stripping quotes/screencaps out of context, etc. Also, even if Rian Johnson likes Reylo (ick!) art on Twitter, the TEXT ITSELF thankfully has Reylo pretty much shut down…there’s no coming back from rejection of sharing some idea of superior power (AFTER Rey gave him a chance) and then Kylo ordering troops to shoot the Falcon from the sky, knowing she’s in it…
honestly I had been worried about the film due to people screaming about confirmed spoilers but those spoilers didn’t tell the whole story so I was relieved when I actually watched it. I think those pre-watching reactions did shape other viewers’ opinions of the film. There are others I somewhat I agree with in their disappointment with in how characters of color weren’t written with the same balance as the other characters, but while I was not here for slapping Finn or Poe, I don’t think that, for example, Finn came off as just comic relief.
Johnson did say the movie was going to be weird and take a lot of risks. I might not agree with Johnson on everything, and mileage would understandably vary on some of the choices/execution. However, I appreciate that he took a chance with showing failure through Poe, Luke, and the Canto Bight jaunt (though Rose got to get a little revenge and help people/creatures). People criticized TFA for playing too safe and now TLJ for going in a different direction. They criticize Luke and Leia for giving up on Ben Solo but also criticize Rey for trying to understand Kylo and why someone with equivalent powers and a lot more privilege (parents, schooling, etc) would turn out the way he did –and kill Han, who was maybe the first parental figure she ever had.
Furthermore, to me, Rose saved Finn in a way that she couldn’t save her sister (tho the kiss was much), and Rey tried to preserve and save the good in the ideas she held and people she met, just as she tried to downplay her worst fears about her parents and imagine they’re not horrible and just somewhere out there.
and I really hope they don’t retcon Rey’s parentage. It fits in with the theme of heroism from seemingly ordinary folks.
lol I know I just left half an essay but ONE MORE THING:
we all have our expectations squashed now and then, but expecting things like Snoke to meet your expectations of what was ~hinted~ (and not even explicitly named as him) in some Expanded Universe books and being angry because of that is too much. You expected him to be a force that could scare the Chiss and even the Yuuzhan Vong? if the Vong come back into canon, then bring back Vergere.
and not as a Sith.