Haven't seen it, but it sounds like Luke went out like Kirk in 1994, and neither actor is happy about it. Shatner summoned the power of a ghostwriter to resurrect his character, so who knows. Here's a prediction for 2018: Rian Johnson submits his outline for a new trilogy to Lucasfilm, then waits by the phone, and waits and waits. An epic rant from Scriptshadow:
How did a Star Wars movie this bad escape Disney’s notoriously intense evaluation process? I have a theory about this. Bob Iger has been VERY PUBLIC about how much he likes this film. I have a feeling that from the beginning, from the second he read the script, he loved it. And what that did is it relieved anyone under him of blame. For the first time, Kathleen Kennedy didn’t have to micro-manage the production because it didn’t matter how the film turned out. If it’s bad, you blame Bob Iger. So she relaxed, let Rian do whatever he wanted, and created a work hierarchy reminiscent of George Lucas on the prequels, where everyone nodded and said, “Great idea!” I predict that this movie sinks fast once word of how bad it is gets out. And that in 3 months, we’ll hear that Rian’s new trilogy has been canceled. I mean, honestly, how could you endorse any new Johnson Star Wars movie after this one? The guy only had to introduce 3 new characters in The Last Jedi. THREE! And all of them were terrible. You’re now going to allow him to create hundreds of new Star Wars characters? Johnson also managed to do something that, before this film, you’d think was impossible. He destroyed the memory of the most beloved movie hero of all time. Mark Hamill tried to warn him. “I fundamentally disagree with everything you’ve done with this character” he famously told Johnson when he read his script. It turns out Hamill was the only one who stood up to Johnson.
Merry Christmas JJ Abrams. "I suppose you must have the whole day. Be here all the earlier next morning."
Wow. Thanks for posting -- I don't think I would have read that otherwise (though, I don't know if I would call that a 'rant'). After reading the Scriptshadow analysis, all of the garbage in the Last Jedi now makes sense.
I have long thought Disney was too deferential to JJ Abrams with some of his ideas in the Force Awakens -- and the Scriptshadow analysis provides a very plausible explanation of the Last Jedi as a reaction to a defective product (TFA) by a lesser talent -- with the upshot that the trilogy is now totally f*'d -- and further afield. As I've said elsewhere, it's a red hot mess.
I especially agree with the observation about Rian being 0-3 in new character development. There is a certain George (Phantom Menace phase) Lucas hatred for the source material that can't be denied.
Haven't seen it, but it sounds like Luke went out like Kirk in 1994
With all due respect, maybe you should see it, because Luke's merging with the Force (it isn't even entirely clear it's a death, per se, and it's obvious he'll be back in the next one) is nothing at all like Kirk' s death in Generations, which was much cheaper and out of the blue. Luke's was built up to through the entire film and was a cathartic moment that felt very earned. Frankly, I think it was one of the best handled main character deaths I've seen in a movie in a while, and for me it sat way better than Han's death in Force Awakens.
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Reason: put away spoiler tags and Xmas decorations
I have, despite having known everything going in, and it's great. I thought it would be the work of another rogue director who unlike the others made it past the firing point. The story group is still in charge. Whatever JJ Abrams does next is unknown, but will surely make a satisfying trilogy.
Loved the mirror effect from Black Swan. And the Rashomon inspired flashbacks, used only as necessary. Billie Lourd was in this a lot, and might as well fill the story gap Carrie Fisher left behind.