I din't make a review for the Episode 8 of Star Wars yet so here it is ^^
The 7 ended with a lot unanswered questions and roads to explore and I was really curious to see where the 8 would lead. Well... let's say it didn't lead where I was expecting it to XP
The movie left me entertained but fairly confused and with mixed feelings ...
The very first minutes start strangely with an humorous scene that just felt.. out of place? Normally I wouldn't mention it since it's just a detail but it's the first of many such moments that felt off to me in that movie.
The realisator Rian Johnson seems to take repeated little jabs at the saga as a whole, not at the most opportune moments, striping certain scenes of their emotion or atmosphere. I haven't made any research on the subject but is there some kind of bad blood between Rian Jonhson and J.J. Abrams ? Because I feel Rian Jonhson had fun to gleefully deconstruct a lot of what Abrams set up in episode 7, especially characters, in a way that looked to me he was almost trolling him or the saga..
And then there are a couple of big plotholes in the movie. The biggest one is - I'll keep it vague to not spoil - what they did with the republic flagship.....
I mean.. WOW. The moment is very impressive aesthetically and very striking but.... uhhh doesn't it immediately begs some very very pressing questions afterwards? on the future but mostly the past of the series?
There are a fair bit of such inconsistencies sadly. It seems to me that Rian Jonhson is driven by a desire to deliver striking scenes here and he is just twisting everything he needs in order to obtains them, with a lot of disregard for consistency and coherence.
If you combine that with the previous issues, you start to get a really disjointed movie and plot.
I also get what he was going for with Luke's character and the whole grumpy, disillusioned
ermit thing but I really disagree with how he did it. I couldn't help but think it felt very out of character and weak. Am I the only one shocked that Luke doesn't even grieve when he learns of his old friend's death?? Hell even Rey seemed more affected than him o.o
Some people who are very upset with the film speak of "character assassination". I wouldn't go that far but after I saw the movie I now understand why Mark hamill wasn't thrilled at all by how his character was written.
Speaking of Rey, she's seriously turning into a full fledged Mary sue here... She pretty much excels immediately in everything she sets up to do, be it swordfighting against elite guards, piloting ships, shooting TIE fighters, mastering the force... all that with barely even breaking a sweat... hum.
I have read the realisator boasting that his movie was "subversive" Well in a sense it was. but the real question is : was it needed?
I mean sure you can put some surprises to take fans of guard but when you do it systematically and in a way that disregard previous episodes or even mock what was done before.. then it start to become a real problem and you're not doing a very good job as a realisator imho...
Episode 7 had many issues of its own ( mostly plot related ) but none so glaring and fundamental as repeated issues of tone and consistencies, which kind of make me worried for the trilogy as a whole. I have simply no idea at all what they are going to go for the 9 after all the events of the 8. The whole thing is kind of a mess really.
I'm aware my tone is very critical here so let me say there are also great scenes in this movie and very striking moments; For exemple those moments between Rey and Kylo Ren were interesting, as well as learning what really happened between Luke and Kylo ren years ago. Some space scenes were very spectacular visually as well.
In the end though, I'm really mixed and perplexed on this episode. I had a good moment watching it but there are too many things that made me scratch my head and took me out of it
And you, if you saw it what was your opinion? :3