Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review (Who Cares?).
I very much enjoyed The Force Awakens and was looking forward to the next installment. Alas, like many, I found The Last Jedi very disappointing.
I think the biggest problem with this movie was that they made you un-care about things they previously made you care about. For example, one of the great stand up and cheer moments in The Force Awakens was when, as Kylo and Rey battle, Luke’s old light saber comes to her rather than to him.
That combined with the scene with Maz and Rey over that light saber, along with Rey handing the light saber to Luke at the end of the movie made you care about what seemed to be something special about that light saber and Rey and Luke.
Jump to The Last Jedi and Luke just casually throws the light saber away. Why?
They mostly ruin the Finn character sending him on a futile mission that accomplishes nothing.
They completely ruin the Poe character by having him be a stupid, moody ass.
We wait decades to see Luke Skywalker again and (until the very end of the movie) he’s a worthless, pouty, angsty, grumpy old man who just pisses you off with his poorly motivated absolute refusal to help.
After seeing The Force Awakens we wanted to see more about Snoke and how he became to be, now the question is moot and we don’t care anymore.
As we go to the next movie we face a very real question, what and who do we care about anymore? There are precious few threads of plot lines or characters we care about now. We know Leia has to die early, so not her. Poe and Finn have been ruined by The Last Jedi. About the only one left is Rey, but even that has been reduced. The fascinating question about Rey was her origins, who her parents were, and that was supposedly resolved in the flat out most boring way possible.
There is an interesting new character in Rose, who may have the best line in The Last Jedi:
“We’re going to win this war not by fighting what we hate, but saving what we love!”
However, her character has a long way to go and just is not very remarkable yet. I suspect we won’t see much of her in the next movie.
Of course there is the Rebellion to care about. It is now reduced to a militarily insignificant force of about a dozen people on one ship, the Millennium Falcon, (plus a broomstick wielding boy on the Vegas planet). With Snoke gone the Empire is ruled by a petulant, overly emotional nutter who can’t control his temper (contemporary politics connection noted).
The biggest question now is “who cares?”