The Last Jedi: Mixed Bag of Missed Opportunities

last jedi poster***This Review is full of Spoilers. If you want a pristine experience, you should come back after you’ve seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Consider yourself warned.***

Perhaps I am old. Maybe I have moved finally and fully out of the hulking middle at which Hollywood takes aim. It is also possible I am just plain wrong. Of the three, I consider the last one the least likely.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (TLJ) was a pile of missed opportunities, punctuated by an occasional moment of brilliance. I am of many minds as I think through the film and my reaction to it. The overall plot of TLJ was not, thankfully, a rehash of Episode V, and it takes the franchise in a potentially bold direction. The main characters (Rey, Kylo, and Luke) had strong moments that were more than mere riffs on familiar themes. Visually, the film was spectacular. The action scenes were memorable and well-executed. Beyond that, I had serious issues.

Let me speak positively up front. The scenes with Kylo and Rey were all quite good. Kylo has grown over the two films. Adam Driver’s portrayal of him is outstanding. He is a strong enough actor to portray Kylo’s conflicts through facial expressions, so we see his choices slide across his visage as he makes them. Daisy Ridley’s Rey is just as good. I am still not sure how Rey is so advanced in the Force, but I’m almost to the point that I don’t care. With these two moving forward, the next film is in a good place.

Particular scenes were arresting and polished. The initial bombing run of the dreadnaught was spectacular, even if the battle tactics were poorly conceived. The fight in Snoke’s throne room was riveting, probably the best Star Wars fight scene ever filmed. The mineral planet covered by a film of salt, Crait, was gorgeous and the speeder assault on the AT-AT walkers was a visual wonder. The scene where the cruiser rips apart the First Order ship, silently, was lovely and horrible. Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron got deserved attention and we saw his character grow throughout the film.

I also like the basic direction the plot is taking. The Resistance is now dwindled to nothing, Kylo Ren is head of the First Order, and Rey is at least as powerful. While it feels a bit like the end of Empire Strikes Back, where it seemed the Empire was on the verge of victory, there are plenty enough unknowns to keep it interesting.

Beyond these points, I had some serious problems with TLJ.

First, the movie cheats in ways that, in retrospect, rob key scenes of their drama. I suppose this always happens when a twist takes place, but when these twists render what came before moot, they are artificial. They pull apart plot threads in a way that disturbs the film as a whole. When Luke is revealed to be “holo-Luke,” everything that just happened is a charade. There was no heartfelt encounter with Leia. There was no, “Holy Cow! Luke Skywalker is here to save us!” It was merely a force-projection that drains any tension away from the confrontation between Kylo and Luke.

It also, if I might say it plainly, took one of the icons of the franchise and reduced him to an illusion. Luke Skywalker, the character that binds together Episodes IV, V, and VI, did not go out in a blaze of glory. He just died of exhaustion, I suppose.

My big problem is pretty simple. When he “projects” himself, he does not put himself at risk, he just pretends to do so. I have one basic question: why not just put him in the middle of the battle physically? What did the projection accomplish that Luke himself could not have accomplished? He could have shown up and simply sacrificed himself at Kylo’s hands, much like his master did before Vader. It would have been a nobler death of sacrifice as opposed to just an existential whine that resulted in an absorption devoid of drama. Luke Skywalker, the Jedi who never gave up on his father, effectively gave up on the Resistance and his nephew by just fading away. Obi-Wan was absorbed into the Force when he was being killed by Vader. Yoda died of old age, it seemed. Luke just died. I’m still not sure why.

Another cheat happens with the pivotal scene between Yoda and Luke. (By the way, did Yoda look terrible or was it just me?) The conflict between them was over the role of tradition and the past as the Jedi moved forward. Luke wanted to burn the temple and the texts, but lacked the nerve to do it. He challenged the worth of the writings and diminished their impact on him. Yoda makes it clear that the teachings are embodied in Luke himself. He does not need the books or the temple to teach Rey, but only himself. We see everything burn and are meant to feel a change in Luke and in the Jedi Order.

Naturally, it turns out Rey had stolen the books, which are now safely on the Falcon in a drawer. So whatever Luke thought he was doing, and whatever Yoda did, had zero impact on reality since Rey had already absconded with the goods. Whatever tension that did exist just evaporated, right along with that glorified tree stump that used to house the Jedi’s sacred texts.

In both of these cases, in the end, there were no stakes. There was no risk. There was no cost. It was just the appearance of stakes. I am reminded of The Game, an old Michael Douglas thriller about a man caught up in a web of intrigue, literally running for his life, barely escaping with his skin time after time. (Do I really need a Spoiler Alert for a movie that is twenty years old?) What we find, in the end, is everything was just an elaborate surprise party. He was never in danger. His friends planned an adventure for him to experience and nothing else. Everything, including the film, was a hoax.

Beyond the cheats, the side mission to the casino planet (I don’t care enough to look up the name) felt like a waste of screen time. If we needed to figure out a way to get Finn and Rose on board the ship, we could have done that a million ways without pushing them on a journey that seemed designed only to appeal to those who wish to see significant political themes in Star Wars. I thought it needless.

Given the movie was already long, why not spend that screen time explaining a major character? How about Snoke? I have no problem with Snoke’s death, but I still have no idea who the character was, how he accumulated so much power, or what he did to seduce Ben Solo to the Dark Side. All I know is that he is dead and he primarily existed, it seems, to move the story along and for no other purpose.

If Luke was mishandled as a character, Leia was simply ruined. Gen. Organa got flushed into space after the bridge of her cruiser was blasted. She was in the vacuum for a bit of time, it seems, and magically pulls herself back into the ship and survives. I am comfortable saying it looked stupid and it felt stupid. I’m sure my wonky brothers and sisters will come yelling in defense of that moment of lunacy (“she has force powers! she’s a Skywalker!”), but nothing I have seen in all of the previous movies suggests even a Jedi would survive the deep freeze of space. Heck, why didn’t Qui-Gon just stitch his veins and arteries back together after getting stabbed by a lightsaber? Why didn’t Mace Windu just float in the air after being tossed out of a window? Why didn’t Anakin just reattach his lava legs and walk away?

Leia should have died there, or she should have died at the end of the film by staying on the cruiser and jumping to light speed, just as Vice-Admiral Holdo ended up doing. I love Laura Dern and I even liked the low-key hostility Holdo threw at Dameron when he got out of line (though why she would withhold a rational plan from him makes no sense), but having Leia sacrifice herself at that point would have made far more sense, at least to me.

My final bit of groaning happened right at the end. As Finn was about to sacrifice himself and take out the First Order’s cannon, Rose’s speeder knocks him aside. He finds her in the rubble, they exchange some words, and she passes out and we cut away from the action. Mind you, a battle is taking place around them. There are walkers and troops and blasters and death and destruction raining down. These speeders had been flown hundreds of yards, if not more, away from the base and toward the walkers when the moment of truth happens. Later, somehow, he drags Rose’s body, stretched across some rusty debris, into the base. At this point, I just laughed, shook my ahead again, and thought, “man, that guy is really fast.”

This is way too long and only Nathan D will probably read this far. (Shout out to the biggest Star Wars fan that I know!) I wanted to like TLJ, and part of me did. But only part of me. I am very curious to see how Star Wars fans react to TLJ. I am guessing it will be divisive, but maybe not.

Final Grade: 2/4 Eggheads.

29 thoughts on “The Last Jedi: Mixed Bag of Missed Opportunities”

  1. I very much agree on the Leila flying through space! It looked awful. Overall, I didn’t like the movie. The pace was all wrong, I find the new characters to generally not be very likable. And “new” force powers (doing things never done before in previous movies) drive me up the wall.

  2. So I’ll go ahead and admit that I haven’t read your article at all, I’ll wait until I see the movie. But more importantly, did you change your grading scale? I thought it used to be out of 3 eggheads.

    Is it the case that 2 eggheads is still 2 and now your scale goes to 11? Or do we have to multiply old scores by 3/4?

  3. The casino planet was indeed a waste of time and probably the worst scenes of any Star Wars film. I really felt that they took Finn’s character and destroyed it. He just seems all over the place: naive and driven purely by his emotions for whoever he is closest to in the moment.

    I was similarly disappointed in the direction of Luke. The scene with Yoda left me feeling that he had accepted the need and his ability to train Rey. Instead, that whole scene of Luke’s “redemption” is wasted.

    And lastly, I still have the same questions about Snoke… I was really hoping for some reveal there.

  4. I have had the benefit of seeing the movie twice now. The second time it seemed to pass more quickly and I was less caught up on disappointment at not getting what I wanted and instead was able to enjoy and understand better what was there.

    I’ll take a few of Dr Smith’s points:

    First, Luke (and Yoda’s appearance): I like how we see Luke being broken by what happened with his temple. I think it more realistic when our heroes are fallible. He was right about the old Jedi failing due to arrogance and he repeated their mistakes somewhat. Compare Star Wars heroes to Biblical heroes. As Yoda says to Luke, we learn alot from the mistakes of our heroes. Yoda was there more for Luke’s personal benefit than for the Jedi’s future I think. (Yoda did look odd, I’ll agree there). Even legends such as Abraham, Moses, David, Paul, etc had very nasty flaws that are told to us so we can learn. As far as Luke’s “projection” and death, I remember one of Kylo and Rey’s earlier meetings Kylo said she couldn’t be doing this (arranging the force visions), otherwise it would overwhelm/kill her or something to that affect. Luke’s projection was way more complex than theirs were, which were arranged by Snoke apparently. There were clues to his not really being there that I picked up the second time, namely not leaving red footprints, his beard changes, no marks on his clothes. Perhaps the effort of doing this exhausted him to the point of death plus he was at peace with himself and allowed it to happen. And I think due to his death there was legitimate risk to him doing this, sacrificing himself to let Rey and the Resistance escape. Perhaps also his only option since his x-wing may have not been functional. I thought the twin suns view at his passing, a call-back to the original, was nice. I am guessing a Mark Hamill force ghost will appear in episode 9 and maybe as that he can be more help to Rey (and perhaps annoy Kylo) than he could be still alive.

    A short take on Snoke, yes I would like more of his backstory but I think his purpose was to shield that Kylo would end up being the trilogy’s big bad so to speak instead toying with us that Kylo may turn back to the light (which he still could I guess). From what I saw, Snoke may have been more powerful than any force user seen to date, but Kylo caught him in a perfect position as Snoke correctly saw his intent (something Palpatine did not with Vader) just not his target.

    Leia: For one, with Leia, we need to remember the movie was completed before Carrie Fisher’s death and she apparently was intended to have her biggest role of this trilogy in episode 9, so lamenting when she should have died or how is not entirely fair to the film. It did look odd when she flew to the ship but there is precedent for Jedi in space in tv series and books for short periods of time (Plo Koon and Vader both have I know). And certainly there is precedent for Jedi force pulling themselves to objects, in this case the door of the ship. The way it was presented may have made it seem stranger but the event itself was not really. The real lament is the controversy takes away from the tragic passing of Admiral Ackbar moments before.

    Not sure exactly how much film time passes between Finn’s crash and dragging Rose back in, but Poe had time to come back inside with others, Luke to have his reunion with Leia, and the walkers time to approach closer to the base, then stop to rain their barrage on Luke for a while. Didn’t seem that big a deal to me.

    The whole mission to Canto Bight (casino planet) was Poe’s going aside from the chain of command which ended up costing them their stealth in Holdo’s plan for the transports fleeing. But it did also feel like that plot was made to give Finn’s character something to do. However their seems to be significance to that boy at the end. We’ll see.

    Covered alot but not everything.

  5. “This is way too long and only Nathan D will probably read this far. (Shout out to the biggest Star Wars fan that I know!)”

    No, there is another you know.

    “…but nothing I have seen in all of the previous movies suggests even a Jedi would survive the deep freeze of space.”

    The key words here are “in all of the previous movies”. However, as Daniel pointed out, Star Wars has novels, games, comics, etc. and the concept of a Force-user being able to briefly survive in space is not a new one.

    “Heck, why didn’t Qui-Gon just stitch his veins and arteries back together after getting stabbed by a lightsaber? Why didn’t Mace Windu just float in the air after being tossed out of a window? Why didn’t Anakin just reattach his lava legs and walk away?”

    Getting stabbed by a lightsaber and having your vital organs destroyed is different than using the Force to (briefly) survive in space. Mace Windu was dead from the lightning before he left that window, and the only reason Anakin survived what would have killed anyone else was because he was able to use the Force to keep himself alive long enough for the Emperor to find him. He had severe internal injuries as well (his lungs were burned, etc) so he had much more to deal with than the limbs he lost.

    As for an example of another character who DID manage to survive a very severe injury, Darth Maul survived being bisected and appeared with an artificial lower half in the Clone Wars and Rebels series. If he can do that, Leia can use the Force to keep herself alive for a few seconds and pull herself back to the ship.

    And notice she did not come through it without consequences (a coma) and it appears that it took that initial Force reach out from Luke to prod her into coming to.

    “Luke just died. I’m still not sure why”

    As Daniel also pointed out, Kylo questioned his connection with Rey because he knew such an effort was beyond her doing. Luke maintained his force projection for quite a long time and the act of doing so likely ravaged and exhausted his body internally. Luke also, in the end, did not give up on Rey or the Resistance, directly telling Kylo that he was NOT the last Jedi and the war was just beginning…

    And the projection, though Luke’s physical body was still on the island, was at the same time, still Luke. His interaction with Leia was no less an genuine interaction that Kylo’s and Rey’s interactions.

    I rather enjoyed the movie. Its flaws (yes, I will grant some of the Canto Bight stuff with Finn was a bit extraneous) are greatly outweighed by its successes.

    Other observations:
    Character I most expected to die that did not: Hux – thought that if he didn’t die in battle with Resistance forces, either Snoke or Kylo would end him over some failure.
    Character I least expected to die that did: Snoke – that was a genuine surprise when it happened.
    One thing I would have done differently: I would have given the suicide run with the cruiser to Ackbar rather than having him die in the bridge blast, but on the flip side, Ackbar’s death in the manner in which it happened is really a moment that can be appreciated as driving home the uncertainty of war.

    1. Oh, I almost forgot.

      One part of the film I really liked (and those, like Dr. Smith, who know me will not be surprised at this) was that finally, in a Star Wars movie, the Old Republic Jedi Order finally received the excoriation it was due.

    2. This is where Nathan and I, and most of Star Wars fandom, I think, part ways. I will not get into the lore or other elements of Star Wars canon. If I have not seen it in the films, it does not exist. For the filmmakers to rely on explanations that only make sense from the canon, with no rationale in the film series itself, is silly in my mind. They should be fully capable of making a coherent film that is consistent with itself and past films. With this approach, the Force just becomes “magic” that explains anything that helps the story move in the direction they need it to go.

      I still chalk it up to lazy filmmaking and lazy storytelling. They should be able to do better.

      1. I have gone deep into the Star Wars book/comic/show realm and still found the “Leia in space” scene far-fetched. I agree that there should be no use of the extended universe as a do-what-we-want-with-no-explanation-free card. It’s just bad for the internal story.

      2. I guess one thing here even if you limit it to prior movies only, every force power ever displayed was “new” at some point. So mind tricks and force chokes were introduced in the first film, along with force ghost stuff, then telepathy and visual force ghosts were added along with lifting x-wings, force visions, then we got force lightning in episode 6. New force powers are seen just about every movie. Did we ever see a blaster shot stopped in mid-air before episode 7? No one complained about that.

      3. I think this particular brand of lazy storytelling is inevitable in the Cinematic Universe model. Rogue One had the same problem: you could only like it if you had seen the other films to make up for its faults. As studios rely more heavily on connected movie universes, audiences will be expected to have all of the others under their belt at each new release. I for one don’t like this kind of manipulation.

      4. ” If I have not seen it in the films, it does not exist. For the filmmakers to rely on explanations that only make sense from the canon, with no rationale in the film series itself, is silly in my mind.”

        Dr. Smith, I am sorry, but I had to laugh a bit at this, only because it so reminded me of the exchange between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jocasta Nu (the Temple librarian) in Episode II where Obi-Wan is looking for information on Kamino but it is absent from the archives. Jocasta tells Obi-Wan “I am sorry, but it looks like the planet you are looking for doesn’t exist” to which Obi-Wan, who knows otherwise, says “not possible” to which Jocasta indignantly replies “If an item does not appear in our records, it does not exist.”

        Daniel was correct in his above comment. Most of the films have introduced us to new force powers that were as yet unseen in previous films. I guess the question is after which film do you think they should have stopped introducing new powers? If we apply the logic retroactively, then what use was the Force in the first place? As far as the Force being like magic, the movies themselves establish that it often appears that way to those who are unfamiliar with it. In A New Hope itself, Uncle Owen refers to Obi-Wan as an “old wizard” and Admiral Motti refers to the Force as Lord Vader’s “sorcerer’s ways”. In Return of the Jedi, Luke uses the Force to make it appear to the Ewoks that Threepio is using magic.

        I think the basic disagreement here is a difference in opinion over what the Force should allow someone to do. Telekenetically choke someone… no one complains. Manipulate another’s thoughts and actions… no one complains. Shoot lightning from your hands… no one complains. Lift submerged X-Wings to land… no one complains. Freeze a blaster bolt in mid-air… no one complains. Hold your breath extra-long while engulfed in poisonous gas… no one complains. Briefly keep yourself alive in space… everyone goes bananas.

      5. I think his point is that you can’t use something outside of the film as an explanation for the way something happens in the film. What Darth Maul did off-screen in a book isn’t helpful to a moviegoing audience. Set up and payoff is one of the first rules of film making. You establish the rules and explain why they work that way, and then use them. Otherwise the audience is just confused. When something is confusing to an audience, it is not an acceptable answer that, in Table B of Appendix I of the Silmarillion, Tolkien explains it. Your movie needs to be coherent, even if the audience hasn’t seen or read every part of the expanded universe. Relying on encyclopedias of external material is a weak excuse for a bad story element.

      6. Why is it a bad story element?

        See, this is where you, and Dr. Smith, are losing me. You insist Leia using the Force to save herself is bad storytelling because no other Force user in a movie has done the same thing. Who cares?

        Why should Leia’s ability to do what she did in The Last Jedi be anymore confusing to an audience than the audience watching Return of the Jedi for the first time suddenly finding out Emperor Palpatine can spew lightning from his fingers?

      7. It’s a bad element (if I understand Dr. Smith correctly) because it’s forced. There’s no reason to expect it, and it doesn’t add anything. Oh no, she’s in a situation she can’t get out of. Better use magic to fix the scenario and rob the scene of its stakes. That’s bad storytelling.

        By contrast, Palpatine is a mystery for most of the original series. We have been shown that the force is mysterious and powerful, and also been told that he is a powerful dark lord. He is threatening enough to keep Vader, someone who has been demonstrated to be supremely powerful, under his influence and control. The confrontation happens at literally the ultimate climax of the trilogy, the last showdown between good and evil. The entire series has been building to the moment: OF COURSE he’s going to have something frightening and powerful up his sleeve. We’re expecting it.

        The problem isn’t that something unexpected happened. It’s that it feels cheap in one setting, not in the other.

        By all means, though, enjoy the movie. It’s harmless fun, there’s nothing wrong with having a nice evening watching a fun romp. Just don’t pretend it’s brilliant storytelling.

      8. “We have been shown that the force is mysterious and powerful, and also been told that he is a powerful dark lord.”

        Actually, in 1983, we knew next to nothing about the Emperor, but that aside this is exactly my whole point. We know that Leia, like her brother, is strong in the Force. So, just like there was no surprise when Palpatine unleashed his power, why can we not expect Leia to have something to get her out of a situation. And I think the entire purpose of the scene was simply this… We know Leia is strong in the Force but she had not yet been given the chance to show that. This scene was that moment. Maybe it didn’t “progress” the plot or “add” anything to it, but not everything in a movie has to. I thought it was a nice addition.

        Fine if you didn’t.

        BTW. Nice to have a debate about something fun and superfluous for a change :)

      9. I think you forget that we’re shown the emperor in episode 5, where it is demonstrated who is in charge of who, and how the relationship between the emperor and Vader, the most powerful character up until that point, is one sided.

        I was unclear: It was unexpected for the emperor to specifically shoot lightning. We couldn’t predict he would do that. But we expect him to be more powerful, to be able to outshine his apprentice. In fact, it would be disappointing for the evil emperor to not contribute to the story. He’s been built up. It’s important that he demonstrate that he’s a threat, because he’s the villain.

        But like you said, it’s fine to enjoy it. :) I just think these sorts of problems, the kind that bother Dr. Smith, are going to be more and more common as we serialize everything. Once everything that’s in theaters is part of an extended universe and connected to a dozen other films, good film making will be harder and harder to come by. It’s a smart business choice, but I think it’s already showing itself to be bad for film.

    3. So I have seen the movie three times now and have liked it better each time.

      I guess we will just have to agree to disagree on the Leia scene, and Dr. Smith’s other “issues” as well. The reasons that scene does not bother me are the same reasons you cite for why the Emperor shooting lightning did not bother you… being that we know the character is powerful, so, even if a specific manifestation of the Force is unexpected, that does NOT make it bad storytelling.

      In a previous comment you said “just don’t pretend its brilliant storytelling”. I don’t have to pretend, because I liked it, brilliant or not. You referred to it as a “bad story element”. Sorry, but I just cannot agree.

      1. Fair. I feel the same way about Back to the Future. They’re fun movies, no need to elevate them as if they’re high art. It would be unfair to pick apart something that’s just meant to be fun. The problem is that Star Wars gets overhyped and people want there to be way too much than anyone can deliver. No serialized film franchise is going to be special like that, so it’s silly for the fans to expect it.

        I do worry that with a new Star Wars movie every six months though, we’re going to start seeing them like Transformers movies or Fast and Furious, which I think would really diminish what used to be a special and unique story. But that’s hardly the end of the world.

  6. I think to sum up alot of the backlash, several people were disappointed in Force Awakens cause they saw it as a copy of A New Hope and wanted things to be “fresh, new, different” etc. Now when they get that in this movie they don’t like it cause it strays to far from the past films. It seems contradictory to me.

    1. I think you misunderstand the criticism.

      I want fresh new different things, as in things that are entirely fresh, new, and different. I don’t want to see the icons of the 70s and 80s 5 times over the course of several decades. I want something new.

      I want them to leave these Cinematic Universes alone and do something creative. Marvel and Star Wars are safe. They’re easy investments. They make business sense. But they’re tired old stories that don’t need to be told. And I am not looking forward to getting a steady diet of superheroes and jedi every couple of months until I’m dead.

      1. Outside of force ghost Luke perhaps in a small role, the two original droids and Chewbacca the characters are new going forward. Rey and Kylo to me is the big intrigue for episode 9.

      2. I don’t care if they’re new. I want something else entirely, not more jedi. I don’t care how upgraded the AT-ATs get, or how many Death Stars get destroyed. I would feel the same way about Fast and Furious or Taken: It doesn’t matter if there’s new bad guys or new characters. You’re doing the same tired thing you’ve already done a dozen times. New characters isn’t saving the Marvel Universe. New characters are not enough to make something old and dead compelling.

      3. Well, we can disagree. Perhaps it will be new. But something has to be going right with both these past two movies shattering the box office. As long as that happens they’ll be making them.

      4. Of course it’s making money. That’s what they’re engineered to do. So did the Transformers movies, but no one pretends that they are doing so well because of how meaningful they are. I don’t mind people enjoying popcorn flicks. I mind when people try to pretend that their superhero romp is somehow a meaningful film. And I dislike how marketing is actively tarnishing something that I really like, and making the original star wars movies just part of a giant soulless corporate venture.

      5. Transformers made money, these last two star wars films exploded records. There is a difference there. When you say meaningful, of course it’s a fictional film. I do enjoy them alot. Even Episode 2 was a decent movie just not comparable to the best ones.

      6. Avatar also exploded records. As did The Avengers. Making money is not an indicator of quality. It’s an indicator of audience draw. There’s a difference between these films, perhaps, in how many millions of dollars they raked in, perhaps. But that is hardly a defense of their value.

        Fiction can be meaningful. I’m not sure why you’re suggesting that them being fictional is a reason they can’t be good films. 12 Monkeys was meaningful and fictional. The Godfather is fictional. The original Star Wars was fictional. Almost everything Kubrick made was fictional. I’m happy to watch silly movies, too, but I’m tired of being told that this repetition is anything approaching these other films.

        I don’t understand why you bring up Episode II. It can be fun, especially to laugh at, but it’s not a good movie either. The dialogue is painfully bad. Lucas clearly doesn’t know how to write characters that act like humans, and he doesn’t have people around him to tell him that something is wrong. That’s how we end up with a psychopath who rants about sand and murdering people, but somehow sets off no red flags with the senator who inexplicably likes him. Their relationship makes no sense. Nothing makes any sense. Lucas is a hack, who was saved from embarrassing himself the first time around by a team of competent people to shoot down all of his weird, alien, baffling ideas.

  7. First Star Wars movie I have ever seen. Period. We were not allowed to watch movies growing up and in college.

    Fell asleep through the middle. Visually appealing beginning and ending, but was completely lost.

    Would have stayed home but wanted to bond with my son. On that note, and that note alone, 9 out of 10. Paid only $4.25 for a matinee–an extra bonus.

    1. Ah, the matinee- the only reason I go to the movies at all. Nice to get a deal.

      For the record, I like your review. I’m sure your son enjoyed the spectacle, and I imagine you were better off with the extra sleep. Best of both worlds.

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