“Stuff happened that I didn’t like” and “it was badly made” are two *separate* comments…

I learned years ago that “stuff happened that I didn’t like” and “it was badly made” are two *separate* comments on a movie, TV show, book, or other work of art.

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I recently watched The Last Jedi for the second time.

A lot of stuff happened that I didn’t like. But it made sense within the story context, and it was structured in an interesting way, and damn there was a lot of cool stuff that I missed the first time through.

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Do I *like* the reason Luke left? No, but it makes sense. A lot more sense than him joining the Dark Side w/a resurrected clone of Palpatine, TBH.

Do I *like* that the Resistance command don’t trust each other enough to share plans? No, but it makes sense under the circumstances

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The Luke/Kylo back story is probably the best explanation they could have come up with for why Luke would decide that he’s part of the problem and remove himself from the galactic stage. It would have to be something majorly traumatic that he would blame himself for.

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The Last Jedi feels different from the other Star Wars films. It’s a lot of separate threads that seem unconnected (except for the obvious parallel journeys of Rey & Kylo), but come together toward the end into a clear picture.

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And for all the whining about Canto Bight, thematically it’s MORE important than the slow attrition of the fleet chase.

The epilogue shows us the re-ignition of hope, and it only works if we’ve seen our heroes be the spark that ignites the fire for someone outside the fight.

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And after watching the rest of the film, you *need* that reignition of hope.

It’s unremittingly bleak. Bleaker than Revenge of the Sith, but only because we already knew the Jedi were all going to die, Anakin would help launch the Empire, & 20 years later there’d be (new) hope.

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Well, that and Lucas didn’t manage to convey as much emotional heart in the prequels as he did in ANH or the other directors did w/ Empire & Jedi. They all felt slightly detatched. And I’ve seen the actors in enough other movies to know it wasn’t their fault.

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This is the first time since 1983 that there’s been REAL UNCERTAINTY about the future in a Star Wars movie.

The EU was mostly about protecting the post-ROTJ status quo until New Jedi Order. But the main canon? We knew the endgame of Episodes 1-3 going in.

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I loved Rogue One, but again, we knew what it was building up to.

The Force Awakens was too busy bringing fans back into the fold with familiarity to break new ground.

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