Written by Shiggins
It's impossible to even mention Star Wars these days without someone bringing up The Last Jedi and the divisive opinions it created. Some despised it and will literally call it the worst movie ever made, while others enjoyed it. As I noticed yet another section of Facebook comments complaining about how Rian Johnson has personally killed their families by directing the movie, I started to ponder on the future of Star Wars. Both the movies and the franchise as a whole.
|Why no love for the purple lightsaber?!|
For those who are curious, here is my review of The Last Jedi. To sum it up however, I deeply enjoyed it. - CLICK HERE
So automatically, you'd think I'd be completely prepared for the finale of the sequel trilogy of Star Wars and fully prepared to deal with yet more divided opinions between the fandom. Hell, I've already been told I'm not a "true Star Wars fan" for enjoying a recent Star Wars film, so surely the worst has already come for me right?
No, if anything it has me even more concerned than ever. Let's get past the obvious problems for Episode 9 that would be coming up no matter what the reaction to Last Jedi would have been:
- The situation with Finn, a character who has been building up to an ending that I personally have no idea about. In The Force Awakens, he abandoned his life as a Stormtrooper, while The Last Jedi showed him learning more about how war has no "good and evil", and the only ones who benefit from it are the filthy rich. So where is his story actually going? Is he going to lead the rebels, making sure they are the good?
- Carrie Fisher has tragically passed away. And out of the main trio of characters, hers was the only one still surviving, ironically. Most likely, the film will have Princess Leia pass away between Episodes 8 and 9, but it is still worth mentioning since her death needs to be handled well. A recent interview revealed they won't be using motion-capture like they did with Grand Moff Tarkin/Peter Cushing in Rogue One. Thank God.
- When Disney were releasing The Force Awakens, they told us all that they "would keep making Star Wars movies for as long as people made them". To put it simply, they won't stop unless it isn't profitable. And that's fair, since they are a business. However, there is a possibility that this could have a negative effect on the film. What if plotlines are left open-ended to be continued in a sequel to the sequel trilogy? What if characters die before they are fully explored, leaving behind room for a prequel? This is something I fear with every conclusion, from Planet of the Apes to Naruto, so it warrants a mention here.
However, we all know Star Wars is a special case and one that is constantly needing to adapt and twist itself as the gaze of nerds and geeks around the world watch its every move. After the reception of The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi was changed in several ways and the final product we got was one that was practically made to subvert expectations, for better and worse. Theories around the internet were blasted apart, and chaos still occurs in the forums to this day. Right now, Star Wars is hated by its own fandom.
|There is also a weird obsession with Kylo Ren's body in this scene.|
"Too many unexpected choices". What if Episode 9 becomes the most predictable and stale film yet? (A very personal fear for me, as one of the main reasons I liked The Last Jedi was because it took risks with the franchise, even if some of them didn't work.)
"Too much levity." What if Episode 9 becomes a miserable experience of drama without any smiles or joy, instead resulting in a galaxy far, far away from entertainment?
"Not enough focus on Character Q or S." What if Episode 9 wastes time developing characters we don't care about, rather than the ones we love?
These comments may sound hysterical, but it is the type of corporate overcompensating that we have seen many times from many different movie companies, with Warner Bros' DCEU most infamous for it at the moment. The last thing I want to see is Star Wars become a checklist, ticking off everything they think "the fans want".
|Less awesome action! More pokey-pokey action!|
Did you know some people are upset Admiral Ackbar didn't get a funeral scene?
Admiral Ackbar, a character who appeared in Return of the Jedi and did nothing memorable except say "It's a trap!" in epic fashion. Do we know his flaws? His quirks? His relationships? His goals? His dreams? No! All people know about him is his design, a few lines and that they grew up with him. So when he died, "true fans" got upset and said the film should have taken ten minutes to give him a funeral, instead of focusing on everything that mattered like Luke and Rey. Complaints like this are why I am truly worried about what Episode 9 could become.
|Did you know his first name is "Gial"? I'm willing to bet less than half the fandom even knew that. Or cared. (No offence to the actor or puppeteer, by the way).|
And don't worry, readers. After Episode 9 comes out, I'm sure the "true fans" will make plenty of angry videos and petitions against the film like they did with The Last Jedi. It's inevitable. And as I've often been told, I'm not a "true fan" because I enjoy the majority of the films, so you don't need to worry about me.
At least Solo is getting decent reviews though.
|At least we'll always have Chewie... Oh God, I hope we will!|
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