I have to disagree here because I am one of the haters of this film, I loathe it, though I think you still have to say it was better than the comically-bad disaster that was Rise Of Skywalker.Apex Predator wrote: ↑Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:42 pm
15. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Rian Johnson's film has gotten a lot of hatred and vitrol online due to various factors. But I think it's the same kind of noise that was spewed by those who decried the idea of a female Ghostbusters unit.
What I really liked about Jedi is the little things that connected with previous films in the series. Luke's reluctance to take on Rey as a Jedi serves as a parallel to Yoda taking on Luke in The Empire Strikes Back. Finn and Rose's venture to a casino to retrieve someone who could break a code offers reminders of Luke and Obi Won's trip to the Cantina to find a smuggler pilot as well as everyone's adventures in Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back. The cute new Porgs come from the same world as the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi.
But the film isn't just interested in the past. It also wants to go its own route. It explores hero worship with Poe and Rose. It dives into what happens when dreams get washed up by the dark reality of the world they live in. It's about the search for hope when everything is growing dark. It's about finding your own voice. It's not about giving up when everything goes dark, but choosing to fight back anyway.
Oh, and that one scene in the throne room is really cool.
Anyway, my point is that I enjoyed The Force Awakens so much because of Rey. I thought she was the best thing in that film and I thought she was a great, great choice to be the next center of the Jedi saga. I thought they just completely mishandled, well, everything, and made a movie that I can only say sucked if I give it enough credit to not say the whole thing was just a laughably bad shit-show. They didn't even do their best by Rey, who becomes very powerful and remains a sort of moral center for the film, but otherwise it's not just poor it's really shit.
I didn't think there was anyway the franchise could recover from The Last Jedi and it turns out I was right as they went on to make an historically bad film.
But none of that has anything to do with people not wanting a female Ghostbusters, which I was also completely fine with and even got on board when I saw that Kristin Wiig was at the center, but just wasn't a particularly good movie, it's because Rian Johnson et al made a really bad movie that completely derailed just about everything the first film had going for it.