Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)


Thematic spoilers follow, no specifics. You have been warned.

I know this movie was conceived and shot before the 2016 Election, but it really feels like a film for right this instant. When watching it, the stream of setbacks that befall The Resistance felt structurally off. But when contrasted with The Trump Era where Healthcare, Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, LGBTQ Rights, etc. are all under continuous and simultaneous attack - the pace felt kind of leisurely. Having this come out the same week as Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama seems almost too perfect. Too bad the title A New Hope was already taken. Or maybe they’re preparing us for the gut-punch at the start of Episode IX where the First Order gives a tax cut to all the arms manufacturers on Canto Bight.

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