A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Last Jedi.
Having been able to deep-dive Rogue One since its home release, I’ve realized I don’t really care about the ST as much as I did two years ago. I enjoyed the first hour of The Force Awakens very much, as well as the last five minutes. The rest, however, didn’t move me strongly one way or another nor has it aged as well as I’d hoped.
In the end, I really only care about Rey and Chewie. The acting was strong with Finn and Poe, but they’re secondary for me. Kylo, Snoke, & Co are just filler (to me). Having long since been worn out on the fimilial tone of the franchise from ROTJ on, Han and the Princess having a son was of little interest to me.
Truth be told, Rogue One is the second Star Wars film I’ve always wanted. It works perfectly with the only Star Wars film I’ve ever loved, so it’s only fitting. It’s visual separation from the franchise - title cards for planets & locations, no opening crawl, and its serious tone all help strengthen that bond for me. I’m on a staycation this week using up some vacation days I’ll otherwise lose, so my three (and counting) viewings have had a nice feeling of escape.
No doubt, I’ll be seeing The Last Jedi the day it opens. However, I won’t be terribly disappointed if it turns out to be less than stellar. The trailer released today was good as a teaser. No spoilers and just enough to pique interest. I will say though, the teaser one-sheet is fantastic. Best Star Wars one-sheet in a very long time. I like that the illustration of the saber energy matches the stone engraving that someone uncovers in the teaser. Maybe it’s a hint of some soon-to-be-revived ancient order of good.