December 26, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

When the all male hen party that is the men's rights movement has their most paranoid notions validated by one's art, one is probably doing it wrong.

This is a spectacularly beautiful film, which has several interesting aspects. It even goes as far as asking some hard questions about the nature of valor and when a victory comes at too high a cost. However, all of those are tossed in favor of a Mary Sue fanfic with a budget and a message: 

History, culture and wisdom can teach us nothing. Burn all the olds.

A brief synopsis:

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, space was riven asunder by a visually spectacular slap fight between tactically inept emo Space NAZIs and incompetent Red Guards in Space, either of whom could have ended the film two hours early if they'd had a junior high school chess player advising them on tactics.

There is an important Aesop in the film though. 
Parking regulations are serious business.

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1 Ayup.

Posted by: Ben at Tue Dec 26 21:53:37 2017 (h8yX6)

2 Sigh.

Broke my glasses so I only have my reading pair right now, which means I'm not getting to the cinema over the holidays.  Seems I'm not missing out though.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wed Dec 27 00:27:52 2017 (PiXy!)

3 I was extra thrilled to have a stiff dose of Marxism and moral relativism injected in my reconstructed pulp space opera. Shades of grey and excessively didactic political philosophizing is exactly the thing that was missing from the entertaining, morally straightforward reaction to the last round of morally muddled, politically overweening cinema of the 1970s. I also enjoyed glancing at my watch because I was bored. Good times.
I think I should point out that the 'abandon the past' theme was dramatically undercut in the film's coda, though.

Posted by: Canthros at Wed Dec 27 15:25:44 2017 (h8yX6)

4 I saw it last weekend, and thought it wasn't horrible, but wasn't great.
I went to see it again today and took my son.  He <i>despised</i> it.

Posted by: Rick C at Sun Dec 31 16:32:54 2017 (h8yX6)

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