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Space film December 21, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Went to the latest iteration of the Star Wars franchise today. I’ve actually enjoyed the recent movies, The Force Awakens was a bit shallow and quite the retread of the original of the species, but it had its moments. The Last Jedi for all a vociferous minority of fans hated it was highly entertaining, albeit far far too long (NFBs review here is one I’d strongly agree with, and more recently NFB has noted the longevity of the film for rewatches). And if it had moments that were simply nonsense – the pursuit of Resistance ships by a First Order flotilla, in some ways that no more nonsensical than light-sabres and X-wing and TIE fighter engagements. Or to put it another way, with Star Wars it’s perhaps best to think it’s in a galaxy far far away in a completely different universe where the laws of physics are subtly and sometimes none too subtly divergent from those in this universe.

The latest one, well again I’d think NFB has it covered here – more enjoyable than I expected, good spectacle, manically overstuffed with this and that, utterly true visually to the originals, plot is okay, much to like, much to wonder about, some things to find problematic (not least the absurd pushing aside of one new character from TLJ), some shameless fan service, some entertaining callbacks, a whistle stop tour of the Star Wars galaxy – no end of familiar places visited and at the end… it is what it is for worse, and better (though that first twenty minutes could have done with some serious finessing in terms of editing). Or as my friend (who I should add was there 42 years ago when we saw the first one in the Savoy) said today after the credits rolled, this is the most Star Wars Star Wars movie ever…

So, a step up from the Force Awakens, a step down from The Last Jedi. For what it’s worth for me the truly excellent film out of the latest number was Rogue One which somehow locked into the aesthetic and tone of the original in a way that did justice to it. Solo, not so much, though again, when you throw that much money at a film you’re bound to wind up with some good visuals, at the least, but the lead… that lead. Still, even if the film underperformed it’s worth keeping in mind that this is, as noted on wiki, the ‘second highest grossing film franchise’, with all the positives and negatives that accrue to that.
And what of the future?

Rian Johnson, the writer/director of The Last Jedi, is confirmed to write and direct the first film of a new trilogy he is currently outlining[93][94] and will start working on after completing his 2019 film Knives Out and possibly another film.[95][96] The trilogy will differ from the Skywalker-focused films in favor of focusing on new characters and possibly a different era than the main film franchise.[97]
On September 25, 2019, it was announced that Marvel Cinematic Universe producer Kevin Feige was developing a Star Wars film with Kathleen Kennedy.[98]

So on it goes as well as branching out into television with the Mandalorian, of which I have seen not a minute, and have no great interest in. I guess I’m more in the Star Trek camp. But that first film, I can still feel its pull even decades later. Who knew it would come to this?

For those interested in such things can I recommend again this on the politics of the Star Wars galaxy.


1. NFB - December 21, 2019

Thanks for the kind comments.


WorldbyStorm - December 21, 2019

Goes without saying! Also want to draw attention to your history posts about the course of the war of independence which are very useful.

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