Possible The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story spoilers ahead…
With much of the holiday season in the rearview mirror, I am happy to report that the feasting — at least in terms of mainstream media coverage of Star Wars — carries on.
Forbes.com continues to be a cornucopia of food for thought, with NBCNews.com, and Esquire (via Reddit) adding hors-d’oeuvres of their own.
Esquire looks to explain The Last Jedi
Like many Star Wars fans, Esquire’s Matt Miller is looking for answers and he points to some thoughts he found within a “pretty objective analysis of Luke’s character” on Reddit (of all places).
“Perhaps fans are hesitant to accept Luke’s actions because they’ve known him as the infallible hero for 40 years,” asks Miller. “Any good character has flaws, though, even one as iconic as Luke Skywalker.”
The Reddit-user bases an argument on the phrase “Your insight serves you well…”
Read the full piece, the Reddit excerpts, and Miller’s analysis on Esquire.com.
NBCnews.com says: “Some diehards claim the latest Star Wars ‘killed their childhood.’ And guess what? They’re right.”
Ani Bundalk of NBCnews.com waded directly into the “controversy” surrounding Episode VIII with the post: Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the divisive Star Wars reboot fans need right now”.
Frankly, after reading the post, it’s hard to disagree.
To wit, Ani writes:
When the original trilogy came out in the 1970s and 1980s, many current fans were children. Childhood was a time for simple answers. Good and bad were unequivocal, wins were forever, and everyone lived happily ever after. When someone felt a decent impulse and followed it, they automatically became a “good” character (i.e. Han Solo). When a “bad” guy felt a decent impulse and followed it, they were no longer “evil” (i.e. Darth Vader in “Return of the Jedi”).
Here in 2017, Bundalk explains that shades of gray are more appropriate:
But that’s not the way life works. Good people do terrible things, and bad people do small acts of kindness. Heroes aren’t perfect — they can be as weak and small as everyone else. There is no such thing as happily ever after.
I enjoyed this take. You may not. But it — like The Last Jedi — will certainly make you think.
And that’s a good thing…
Solo a long$hot?
In his latest, one of this space’s usual suspects, Forbes’ Scott Mendelson, states: “I will say that, for what it’s worth, the ‘young Han Solo’ movie is the first Star Wars movie since Star Wars that isn’t preemptively expected to be the biggest movie of the year.”
This is not an altogether outlandish take. After all, the film has seen its share of detractors and speedbumps throughout its production. However, given Scott’s deep dives into the film industry and straightforward approach to reporting on the Saga, I sat up to read more carefully.
A long time ago, the Star Wars movies were truly in a league of their own in terms of fantastical spectacle and financial glory, to the point where something like Stargate could be a big hit merely by somewhat approximating the comparative sensation. But, like the James Bond movies (which were one-of-a-kind in the 1960s and 1970s) and then the Batman franchise in the 1990s, the Star Wars saga was once the undisputed king of the mountain yet now exists as merely one of many mega-budget, IP-cash in fantasy action franchises. Couple that with Solo‘s existence as arguably the least “essential” major Star Wars movie ever released, and it’s a comparative coin toss in terms of how well it will perform.”
I’d like to be able to argue with the above, but the cogent writing and reporting that supports these statements make it hard to disagree. Read the full piece here.
That said, my own hopes for the Solo: A Star Wars Story remain high.
Raw Power: Rey > Luke
Another fun take from yesterday comes in the form of Erik Kain’s piece, “Here’s Why You’re Wrong If You Think Rey Needs More Training In Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
The premise of the piece is simple:
One of the things I hear over and over and over again to back up this argument is that Rey doesn’t have any training, so how could she be this powerful/good/skilled in the Force?”
This is fair. As is Kain’s response.
We also know that Rey is much more powerful than Luke. He tells her in The Last Jedi that he’s only seen one other person with such power, and that’s Kylo Ren.”
I like this definitve statement. I am not sure I agree with it, but I like clarity.
Add clarity of reporting as a basis for an unequivocal statement = Awesome.
Kain, who generally writes about gaming, takes play-by-play approach as he negotiates the pitfals of explaining the Force.
He also brings us to another terrific statement bear FTW: “My best advice is to stop ruining your own experience by picking Rey’s character apart. She’s a badass and that’s okay.”
From the Outer Rim
Speaking of gaming. Enjoy…
— Mr Sunday Movies (@mrsundaymovies) January 1, 2018