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 Get the skinny on Star Wars The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
Living in a smaller world than most people, going to the movies, for me, is an event. The theater manager knows me by name and the staff know me on sight
I chose to go to the special AMC opening night fan event showing.

I arrived at about 5:15 for the 6:00 show and did not get out until about 9:30.

Way too many previews. We are here for Star Wars, we paid extra to see a special advance day showing, in 2D no less, and you subject us to ads, previews and more.
Star Wars fans, there to see Star Wars… skip the stuff and let us see the movie!
Yes I know you are required to show that stuff but dang it… I digress.

I ran into only a few others dressed up.
There was a Han and Chewie on a date, myself as Snoke, A fantastic kylohttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php? ... =3&theater and @GuardianDreamerCosplay as TOR character Kasodi Black check out her stuff https://www.facebook.com/guardiandreame ... =3&theater

There were of course oodles of Star Wars shirts hats etc. like Luke and Admiral Motti say, this is a religion.

First day goodies included free popcorn, a special behind the scenes short with John Williams and 5X7 lobby cards.

I ran into the guy who tried to buy all my vintage Star Wars figures when we were in High School for 10 bucks. I wanted 10 apiece. No deal. We discussed the film for a couple minutes afterwards.

There is that.
The film.
A lot of film. A lot to take in, A lot to digest.

Star Wars was based on old movie serials like Flash Gordon as is common knowledge.
It seems that the trend for entertainment is to binge watch. Imagine it is the forties and you are sitting in a theater watching six episodes of Flash Gordon.
Now you have seen the format for The Last Jedi. It comes at you fast with short story after short story, they weave together, but they also seem like several chapters.
You have to pay attention at all times or you can miss something. Don’t get lost in thought thinking that the scene on the planet Crait is like the Hoth scene, it is but if you transport yourself back to that battle you are going to miss something.

There is a clear message that Disney and Lucasfilm are conveying with The Last Jedi. Very clear and very blunt. Once you see it you will see what I am talking about.

Cinematography is fantastic, the acting is on point, the story progresses nicely but it does feel like a Netflix marathon. Such is the standard for today’s entertainment.

There are twists and turns, surprises, breakout characters, new planets, and a whole slew of new characters. If you thought the Cantina, Jabba’s palace, and Maz’s watering hole had a ton of characters wait until you see the Casino on Cantonica. Porgs yup, Ahch-To is full of them and some surprises.

It will take decades to make figures of everyone in this one or people will go broke collecting them all.

You are going to cry, you are going to laugh, and your jaw is going to drop and your mind will race.
Because you know, it’s a Star Wars movie.


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I am excited to see how this movie turns out, but, at the same time, having learned the parents of 'Rey' and the fate of 'Snoke' i am seriously disappointed. I feel like so much backstory was totally wasted.

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Modern audiences don't care about backstory or plots or anything really, they want eye candy.
Take this review from Ebert 20 years ago:
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Here it is at last, the first 150-minute trailer. "Armageddon" is cut together like its own highlights. Take almost any 30 seconds at random, and you'd have a TV ad. The movie is an assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense and the human desire to be entertained. No matter what they're charging to get in, it's worth more to get out.


The Last Jedi is just following this desire for bite sized entertainment fora generation who cannot focus on anything for longer than five minutes.
Blame MTV, Hollywood, and the internet, Youtube used to have a limit of ten minutes. Ten minutes was too long to keep the attention of the typical user.
Thankfully they changed that and removed the limit but in its place you have five second ads.
Five seconds. Even advertising has gone from an average 30 second spot to a five second spot.

Audiences seem to be in conflict. You have viewers like myself who want a good story told well, and you have two other audiences. Those who want every single thing explained for them, and those who have extreme ADD.

We grew up with the evolution of the blockbuster. This is its current iteration and formula.

I have read with amusement what forums are saying about the film and it really is polarizing.
People either love or hate it.

I predicted exactly what people would say too.
and the opposite of those opinions.

I guess at the end of the day I know what I like and what I don't and to be real here, if I don't like what I see in the trailer, I know I won't want to see it and skip it.
The quality of a film is usually pretty apparent in the trailer.

I also try to not go into a film expecting things or guessing what happens or guessing a backstory element like where Snoke comes from or who Rey's parents were.
Go into the film with no expectations like that and just be entertained.

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The more i think about it 'Rey' does have a back story. She is an orphan abandoned by her parents that she does not know. Maz pretty much gave her story in TFA when she said 'whoever your waiting for they are not coming back'. I can live with that. Now as for 'Snoke' it seems like Ren killed him because he wanted to be top dog, but Vader never did that to the Emperor, it is an interesting parallel.

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Saw this Sun. Truth is , I'm still processing. I can say I loved it not in a biased " star wars fan" kind of way, but that it ultimately made me think during and after the movie. Going on 2 days later, and still thinking. That is one sign that you have watched a great film. I will add more thoughts once I have fully digested what I witnessed.

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STORMSHADOW__210 wrote:
Saw this Sun. Truth is , I'm still processing. I can say I loved it not in a biased " star wars fan" kind of way, but that it ultimately made me think during and after the movie. Going on 2 days later, and still thinking. That is one sign that you have watched a great film. I will add more thoughts once I have fully digested what I witnessed.


I have not had the chance to see it yet, but can you tell me if Captain Phasma dies and if so who kills her?

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I heard there is a leaked dvd copy on Pirate Bay .

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STORMSHADOW__210 wrote:
I heard there is a leaked dvd copy on Pirate Bay .


Heading to Pirate bay now :+D :+D :+D

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Post Re: Get the skinny on Star Wars The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
I thank skinny for his reviews and rhoughtful insights.

I avoid spoilers whenever possible. Even to resist the temptation of reading online leaks or misdirections, or valid info from those who saw something before me.

Part of the excitement of entertainment like a movie, book, or sporting event is not knowing how it will end ahead of time.

I also tell my sons not to try and overthink a movie. Suspend preconceived ideas and go and be entertained.

As for Vader comparisons he did try to tempt Luke to join him and help him reign the Universe as father and son.

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