I’m taking some days off, enjoying the hell summer of Rio de Janeiro, but I’m not able to sleep at night after have the living nightmare that was to watch that abomination, that subversion, that stupidity in large doses called The Last Jedi, and I need a catharsis right now so I can rest in peace.
And now we have The Last Jedi, after 2 years of waiting, and for those who didn’t watch it yet, be careful, as Luke says “this is not going to go the way you think.”
I had wrote a little text about my disapointment about the “Disney Star Wars Era”, before The Last Jedi have its premiere in theaters last week, so here it is:
I’m done with the “Disney Star Wars Era”
When Disney acquired Lucasfilm, I was optimist that finally we could get good Star Wars stuff, brand new movies and TV shows and some good stories to read in books and comics. Unfortunally, nothing this hapenned. The Force Awakens is the worst Star Wars movie I’ve ever seen, if you don’t take in count the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special.
Disney killed Han, and we lost Carrie. And Disney machine gun is shooting at all sides while seeing if they can reach more and more Star Wars consumers to get back what they spent to buy Lucasfilm. But Disney is shooting their own feet. Star Wars is not about Disney, Star Wars belongs to the people who follow the saga for 40 years, and their children, and all those who dedicated time, love and energy to keep the saga alive even while George Lucas wasn’t interested in continue the stories after Return of the Jedi.
If the prequels are bad movies, yes, they are. But even The Phantom Menace is far better than The Force Awakens. Mistakes happen, but when you keep leading all your efforts in the same wrong direction, is not a mistake anymore, this is stupid. That’s what Disney is doing. Rogue One was a great hit, but there wasn’t nothing new in that. Death Star again, Darth Vader again, and some good actors playing interesting characters. I think the Han Solo movie is a terrible mistake. The Last Jedi is going in the same direction as The Force Awakens, like everything about Star Wars now since Disney is taking heavy control of all the stuff and denying all good Star Wars stories after the end of the original trilogy and calling them as “Legends”.
Well, if Disney can do that with all good stories writen after Return of the Jedi as Heir to the Empire and others, and simply ignore their existence, and keep creating new stories of what they want and not about what fans want, I have my right as fan and Star Wars lover to ignore everything Disney is creating now. That’s what I’m doing. I don’t buy comics, books or anything else Disney keeps dumping in the stores. Because most of this stuff is garbage created only to get a few bucks from hardcore fans. I try to know what they are about, but i won’t put my money in that.
Disney always was about Princess and Pets. They raised an empire of entertainment only doing that. Now they have Pixar, Marvel, Fox and Lucasfilm. Good for Disney, not for the fans. I’m done with Disney. I’m done with the “Disney Star Wars Era”.
I’m going to check only movies, TV shows, and stories that happened before or during the original trilogy because Disney can’t change the past even if they want. They can only provide new information about what hapened, but they can not change the course that things have taken. Or they can, what the hell, now Disney has Fox and all previous Star Wars movies under their control, and if Disney wants they can change the prequels and the original trilogy and alter all the past as we know it… Well, knowing Disney as I know it, I do not doubt they will try something like that if they want. J.J. Abrams did this with Star Trek. And in my experience, if is to make things even worse, everything is possible.
Awful dialogues, nonsense situations, plot holes and frenetic action to keep fans distract and don’t realize how poor the story is. The Force Awakens was a pale copy of the three Original movies, and didn’t give to a whole new generation the right idea of what Star Wars really is. I don’t want to know if Rey is a Skywalker, if Kylo Ren will betray his master, or if Luke will turn to the dark side or even die, if the Porgs will burn down the First Order like the Ewoks did with the Empire, or how they will explain Leia’s absence for Episode 9. And I don’t care about Finn, Poe, Phasma, Maz Kanata, BB-8, Snoke and all the rest of the new crew. All they are just badly written characters.
And to me, from now on, Star Wars has ended with that last picture of our heroes on that little moon of Endor. And was a perfect end. And if you excuse me, I’m going to watch The Empire Strikes Back one more time.
And now my thoughs after watch Episode VIII – The Last Jedi…
The Day Star Wars Died
As someone who watched Episode 4 much before it be called Episode 4 – A New Hope, and survived all changes Lucas did to the original movies through the years – VHS, Laser Discs, DVDs and Blurays – I accepted every change, even Greedo shooting first in A New Hope or the nefarious Vader’s “Noooooo!” and Hayden Christensen as Anakin’s ghost at the end of Return of the Jedi… But The Last Jedi was too much for me. We can call Rian Johnson a subversive. He and Disney simply destroyed the magic and ruined all my childhood in 2h30min.
I hate The Force Awakens, for very many reasons. “Jar Jar” Abrams sinked Star Trek, why someone could think it should be different with Star Wars? The Force Awakens was an awfull movie, not worst than The Holiday Special. I was affraid of Rogue One, basicly because they could ruin with the Original Trilogy and all Star Wars things we knew for decades. But Rogue One was a great surprise, a very good movie in all senses: It works as war drama, as action movie, as science fiction and was the Star Wars movie I was waiting since I watched The Empire Strikes Back in the 80s. All right, i cried like a baby at the end of Rogue One, for the two first times I watched the movie (I already watched it 5 times so far)… I never cried at the end of no Star Wars movie, and I thought I was too old to cry because of movies…
Then Disney did an awfull movie and a spectacular movie, so I gave the benefit of doubt to The Last Jedi before start to talk dirty about the movie. But now I can talk dirty. The Last Jedi is a pile of crap. I didn’t see any good thing in the movie, any good scene, any inteligent dialogue, anything to make sense, no explanations for some The Force Awakens crucials questions, and nothing, nothing at all to compensate the 2h30min lenght. I only saw bullshits, and some plot holes even bigger than The Force Awakens had, only stupid characters doing stupid things all the time, and more bullshits…
I thought I really was an optimist. I always waited for the prequels and sequels, even when Lucas seemed have abandoned the saga forever, and even with the prequels being horrible movies, I never lost the optimism about Star Wars. Then, Disney bought Lucasfilm… I was optimist, of course because of all new Star Wars stuff they were promising, but The Force Awakens was a cold water bucket… And now The Last Jedi just put the last nail in the Skywalker saga coffin forever. I’m giving up. Disney can keep doing how many Star Wars movies they want, they can do a movie for every character if they want, dozens of new trilogies, I don’t care if everything is after Return of the Jedi in the saga timeline.
Why? Because Disney abandoned all good stories after Return of the Jedi and called them “legends”. If they can do that, I also can ignore everything Disney will do from now on. If is after Return of the Jedi, I don’t want to know, and I won’t give a damn. To me, Star Wars has finished with that Return of the Jedi last scene of our heroes all together on that moon of Endor, and that was a great end. I don’t need anything else.
And to finish my thoughs, I agree with everyone saying that Star Wars must be only about the Skywalker saga, and while Rey is not a Skywalker (if we believe Kylo Ren is not lying to her in The Last Jedi – and I bet he is), there’s no more sense about the next movie. I think Episode 9 will be like a Pilot of a new TV show while Disney wants to Rian Johnson to create a new trilogy, and they will use the movie to introduce new arcs and characters that will be in the new trilogy. I will watch Episode 9, and the new trilogy like any other movies, but to me, The Last Jedi is the worst Star Wars movie ever, losing only for The Holiday Special, and the movie that killed the magic of Star Wars forever, and December 15th is the Day Star Wars died.
Better than I could say about The Last Jedi is here:
And I could say and complain about a lot more things in The Last Jedi, but one thing does not come out of my head: where the hell is Lando???
Mark Hamill has always been an outspoken voice regarding Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In an early first look for the film, he famously said that he fundamentally disagreed with Rian Johnson’s take on the Luke Skywalker character.
“I said to [director] Rian [Johnson], ‘Jedis don’t give up.’ I mean, even if he had a problem, he would maybe take a year to try and regroup. But if he made a mistake, he would try and right that wrong. So, right there we had a fundamental difference, but it’s not my story anymore. It’s somebody else’s story – and Rian needed me to be a certain way to make the ending effective.
That’s the crux of my problem. Luke would never say that. I’m sorry. Well, in this version, see I’m talking about the George Lucas Star Wars. This is the next generation of Star Wars, so I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he’s Jake Skywalker. He’s not my Luke Skywalker, but I had to do what Rian wanted me to do because it serves the story well.”
“But listen, I still haven’t accepted it completely. But it’s only a movie. I hope people like it. I hope they don’t get upset, and I came to really believe that Rian was the exact man that they need for this job.”
Fortunately we still have Mark as the most sensible voice on Star Wars. That “thing” in The Last Jedi is not our Luke Skywalker… Disney must put The Last Jedi in some sort of parallel universe and bring our Star Wars back, or you can go to hell, stupid Mickey Mouse.
And unfortunately, when the future coming on us begins to show itself as a dark time full of terror, when a single company has four of the most important movie studios (Disney now has Fox, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm), they have put an end in the neutrality of the Internet… Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a good time while you still can. See you in 2018, I hope.
Recommended Reading: The Day Star Wars Died