[2018 in Film]
(Directed by Ron Howard)
☆ ☆ ☆ / 5
There's something quite contradictory both about Star Wars fans, and the creators' direction right now. Leaving this adored franchise in a really strange place never before seen. Scattered and almost aimless now, The Last Jedi (2017) brutally divided the audiences, and this one played it too safe. Some people antagonize Disney for milking these properties without proper merit, which to their defense, no one asked for this movie. After Rogue One (2016), the potential was exceptionally shown but with also room for improvement, in opening the canvas for storytelling in the vast fictitious galaxy far far away... Having an array of endless possibilities and a new palette, they chose instead to tread familiar ground in showing backstories to characters that remained more intriguing in mystery, leaving nothing to the imagination. Also abandoning countless of other characters, planets, and journeys to be told. Still, this is what we got and I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe because I had trust issues after watching the previous Star Wars film I didn't have many expectations for this. Went in blind with my friends and we all had a blast (pun intended). It was a serviceable sci-fi adventure film that captures the elements of Star Wars properly. With a cast that gave it their all, similar darker aesthetic like Rogue One, and a more grounded feel, it was very well crafted. Still, because it was such a standard story with very low stakes, it didn't push anything forward like The Last Jedi did (agree with it or not). Overall, it felt more aware of itself as to what the new Star Wars films are: fan fictions. Made by fans of them (and *sometimes for the fans), playing it safe enough this time that I'd didn't harm the grand story at all. But it didn't add much either.
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