Spoilers follow - be warned.
Just read a critical article about the latest Star Wars movie that really spelled out why I didn't like the movie very eloquently. Check it out, if you have the time and interest.
I watched the latest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, with a group of friends on its opening day. We aren't die hard Star Wars fans who can recite every line or speak Ewokese. But still, I'd say we are avid fans that were enthralled by the world that George Lucas created as children, and we were all eager to see how the next chapter of the story would unfold.
It seems like there are two camps - those who think the latest movie was a sarcastic cop-out movie that seemed almost like a parody, and those who believe the movie should be judged at face value as an entertaining, funny, and good blockbuster hit.
Anyway, here are a few quotes from the article I linked above that resonated with me.
The sarcastic twists and subversions are so relentless that they no longer feel shocking.
What’s more, despite the relentless cop-outs and twists, the movie still felt painfully safe. Whereas Johnson gets so much credit for “doing something new,” all he did was turn the tables on J.J. Abrams “mystery box” ethos — that creating small mysteries helps hook audiences — by throwing away each and every one of those boxes.
But this feels like the lesser option to nuking the boxes. For instance, what if Finn was killed? What if Rey turned evil and joined Kylo? What if Luke was left alive, now that both his apprentices have turned evil? The series had an opportunity to dive into truly unexpected territory, an undiscovered country that would have left audiences gasping—rather than smirking.
There was so much potential for some new and unique storylines. The jokes were funny, but they made the movie feel cheap. Just my 2 cents.