Well, ladies and gents, it’s great to be back with you, especially since the event of the year is here. Nope, not the annual gift-giving holiday that generates a nice bit of revenue for our economy—I mean the latest installment in an epic story that began as a much-derided production in a time far, far away… 1977… yes, Star Wars!
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Some may boo, but I thought this an interesting installment, one in which Disney’s chosen have reinvented the story rather than tread the same steps as the decades-old flicks. It’s definitely Disney’s vision and not the old Star Wars. And it also reflects important recent changes in our society. A quick look at some message boards will show it’s not sitting well with some die-hards, as well as some… bigots.
Some of the significant changes are about race and women, issues which have been thrust into the forefront of our consciousness since, well, The Orange One began to figure largely in our lives. I think it’s only natural these issues took form here in this, a sci fi film fan’s most treasured epic. Hence we have Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), a woman of Asian descent, have more influence than I thought possible in an SW installment. John Boyega returns as well as ex-stormtrooper Finn. Then there’s Rey, the young Jedi warrior, who doesn’t let her gender get in the way of destiny. We also see her getting tempted, and nope, I’m not talking some silly romance. Differing styles of leadership are also highlighted: Princess Leia’s (Carrie Fisher’s (mostly) fitting final performance), at once more caring and practical—especially when it comes down to the fates of Resistance fighters—than Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron’s, who’s more interested in thrashing the First Order.
And what’s life without the lovelies? You know who I’m talking about—everyone’s favorite troll (played by Adam Driver) and his darling mentor Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). Both are back, as is the sneering General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson). We’ve all been waiting for Hamill, and he’s here at last, as the weary recluse. As to his fate, please remember that this is Disney’s vision – that may help you deal with what happens. You’ll also feel the unmistakable presence of other political issues of the world we live in interwoven into this moving epic. And, there’s humor! Yes, humor in an SW flick. Unheard of, and almost… awkward, and just as bizarre as the news that Tarantino may be making a Star Trek movie (as if that series wasn’t ballsy enough and needs the Gore Master to pump it up. Pu-lease.). For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, here’s the trailer:
And that covers the bases. In any case, I’ve run my mouth enough. Please be sure to see this on the big screen, because a spectacle of this magnitude, with so many visual delights, not to mention thrilling space battles born of the most perfect CGI demands a theater viewing. Don’t forget to let me know what you think!! Adios! I’ll see you out there.