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Star Wars and the Age of Entitlement
• Posted by: Zephos   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, January 8, 2018, at 2:35 p.m.
• IP Address: 14-201-164-209.tpgi.com.au

This film will be remembered for its impact on film long after the complaints of its most vocal critics subsides. The Last Jedi was far more interested in tackling the concept of legacy both in its story and in the wider narrative of franchised film than hitting the beats that "the fans" were clamouring for. Make no mistake, this review, like many others, refuses to see Star Wars as something that belongs to everybody and not just the gatekeeping hyper-fans who want to see the same story told over and over again. See the language used here: "errors" in the production, as if there was a template to follow that was somehow bungled in the process of making the film.

It's unfortunate that Christian's projections of what he wanted to see have blinded him to what's right there in front of him: a highly experimental film, dense with rich visual and literary themes influenced by the history of operatic and literary storytelling.

Another point is the complaints about the "abuse" of Williams' music in the edits. If anyone is at fault here, it's Williams himself for his insistence on working with edits of the film so early in the post-production process. Of course the film is going to be re-edited months after he has scored it - that's how films are made. Composers almost always come on and write, but not Williams these days. It's a miracle the score is as cohesive and fluid as it is.

At least we can agree that the music was incredible.






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