Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 18, 2017

I spent part of yesterday digging out and then reading part of the manuscript for my second trunk novel. I have some thoughts about that — like, the prose is actually pretty dang good, it’s the story and tropes and ideas that are weak, and at some point I want to talk about that and what it means about being a better writer and so on.  Anyway, the reason I was looking at it in the first place is that there’s this storyline in The Last Jedi that really got to me, like really, like my id was on fire and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Two days later I realized it’s because it’s very similar to a storyline in that old novel manuscript of mine. How weird is that?

Oh, and I’m now a Kylo – Rey shipper, and no one is more surprised by that than me.

What else to say that isn’t spoilers? Lots of commentary online already, some of it good and some of it off the mark, I think. Like The Force Awakens, there are scenes that harken back to the first trilogy, right down to the framing. But while in TFA those scenes had the feeling of fan service (“Look, it’s Star Wars! Turned to 11!”), The Last Jedi is doing something different.  A suggestion:  don’t look at how those scenes are similar to the earlier ones. Look at the differences, because unlike with TFA, TLJ is messing with us. It’s playing on our expectations, and then subverting them. Luke says to Rey early on, “This isn’t going to go the way you think.” He’s talking to us as much as to her.

I think this will either drive you bonkers, or you’ll love it.

I thought it was wonderful.

On a more technical level, it runs a bit long, there’s a lot crammed in and a couple of the plot lines are kind of a mess. There’s a lot going on, but it all looks like Star Wars, and the characters are just great.

Especially Kylo and Rey.

HEART.

 

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