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Joe Zhang
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Posted: 21 December 2018 at 12:21am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I think the intention behind Canto Bight was to show us that Star Wars could be more than just Jedi vs. Sith, Empire vs. Rebels. That Star Wars could be about morally grey themes. About poor, plucky kids sticking it to fat cats. The disaster for Disney is that some (many?) fans took that as a declaration of what Star Wars will be about from here on out. On this point I side with the critics. It's Star Wars, not Star Somethingoranother.

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Joe: That Star Wars could be about morally grey themes. About poor, plucky
kids sticking it to fat cats.

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These ideas are new?
The entire Original Trilogy begs to differ.
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I enjoyed it at the time but in the cold light of day,
there were too many mis-steps for me:

The impossibly compressed timeline of the story, Luke's
characterisation, the pointless Canto Bight journey,
the casual dismissal of all the plot points from the
previous movie Johnson didn't seem to like (Rey's
parentage, Snoke).

And while I do like Luke's fake out ending, his death
was ENTIRELY unnecessary! Nowhere do we get the
impression this is a herculean task for the greatest
Jedi alive, and the movie works just the same if you
cut it 30 seconds early so he doesn't vanish.

As Shaun said upthread, it's still infinitely more
watchable than all of the prequels, though it feels
like a different scifi movie with Star Wars dressing
bolted on afterwards. Say what you like about The Force
Awakens, to me at least it -feels- like Star Wars - it
carries the humour, heart and simple sense of adventure
that had been missing for a long, long time.
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Posted: 21 December 2018 at 9:42pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Canto Bight wasn't pointless. It was essential for Finns story arc. Going into the film, he was the same coward who just wanted to grab his friends and run away. By going on the mission with Rose, his eyes were opened to the realities of the galaxy, that it wasn't just good vs. evil and that there were people who were going to profit from war and those who were going to suffer if nobody would stand up to help them. By the end of that journey, Finn had come to believe in the Resistance cause and was even willing to sacrifice his life to try and save them.

Longer than it needed to be? Possibly. Pointless? Not at all.
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Posted: 22 December 2018 at 5:57pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Problem is that Finn's "conversion" never really happened. Or happened exactly after Rose arrested him for jumping ship. Finn then figured out a possible way of saving the Resistance fleet. From then on he was 100% committed to seeing his plan through. Then on Canto DJ's revelations made Finn doubt the purity of the Resistance. A lot of time in the movie was spent on Finn, but the development of his character bounced around like a pinball. 

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His commitment to the plan was still about Rey and making sure she had something to come back to. His conversion to believing in the Resistance had more to do with the injustices he saw on Canto Bight than just helping out. Seeing how the children & animals were suffering and how Rose was able to inspire some hope in them also put that same hope into Finn and made him realize that it was more important to fight for something you believe in than just fighting to run away. 

Most of the criticism aimed at the Canto Bight plotline seems to be focused around the fact that the mission ended in failure (which was due to betrayal, not incompetence) and the general dislike that the fanbase seems to have for Rose (completely unwarranted IMO).

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Christopher: Going into the film, he was the same coward who just wanted to grab his friends and run away.
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No, that is who Johnson reverted him into after Finn had already changed in the previous movie. And, as Joe says, Finn's development in TLJ is a mess.

The idea that seeing gamblers waste money and space horses run free fuels Finn to believe in the Resistance more than fighting side by side with Rey against a cruel and wicked Kylo Ren is a perfect example of how tepid and half-baked this wretched movie is.
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I will say that THE LAST JEDI, as a whole, strikes me as a first-draft screenplay... I still think there are some bold, interesting ideas in there, but it feels like it was rushed into production, and everything was thrown at the wall to see what would stick.  It certainly could have used some fine-tuning, whether with more revisions made, perhaps a co-writer added to the mix, and probably could have used an extra year for editing and pacing issues (since it only came out two years after THE FORCE AWAKENS, and not the usual three, for a STAR WARS sequel).

Whether you like it or loathe it, it's definitely one of the most flawed entries, at least in terms of overall concept.



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Finn didn't change in the first movie. He had two motivations in TFA... get away from the First Order and rescue Rey, the girl he liked. Everything he did in that movie was in service to those goals, including the mission to Starkiller Base and his ill-fated one on on battle with Kylo. He didn't do anything out of any sense of heroism, nobility or fighting for a greater cause. The closest he came was going toe to toe with Kylo Ren but even that was about saving the girl he was crushing on. Finn never made the heroic conversion before he was rendered comatose and he starts off in the TLJ in the same place he was and grows from there.

The poor characterization and lack of growth for his character falls squarely on JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan for the way they wrote him in The Force Awakens. At least with The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson developed Finn, Poe and Rey.

Getting back to Canto Bight, the other main point of that sequence was the bit about Rose inspiring the stable kids. One of the themes of the film was about not pinning all your hopes on being rescued by the heroes of the past and sowing the seeds for the future. This was embodied in the new trilogy by the loss of Luke, Han and most of the Resistance. They need to draw in new blood and inspire rebellion against the First Order if they are going to defeat them and this sequence demonstrates that. 

People who complain that the Canto Bight sequences were a waste of time clearly missed the point of it.
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Posted: 26 December 2018 at 5:29pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

The point of Canto Bight was to show letís free animals & leave the children as slaves.
Which sums up my frustration with that movie, or one of my frustrations anyway.
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Posted: 27 December 2018 at 6:19am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Has anybody discussed that Admiral Holdo
going to lightspeed, destroying the entire
First Order Fleet breaks Star Wars. If
everyone knows about this tactic, and
judging by Hux, they do, you could've
bought down the Empire with minimal loss
of life. Forget all the X-Wings and forget
the Rebel Fleet, The Empire could've been
taken down by two good size cruisers.
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Posted: 27 December 2018 at 9:12pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Christopher: At least with The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson developed Finn, Poe
and Rey.

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Doing it badly does not, in my book, receive some kind of compliment for "at
least trying."

The development they received in the first movie (TFA) was not very deep, but
it was not very difficult to see where it was going.

Except for Rian Johnson, apparently ;-)
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