Third: Time for Criticism

My first thought after watching the The Last Jedi on Thursday night was “what a mess”.


But I didn’t dwell on that.

My second thought was that it’s the 21st century, I’m 50 years old, and Star Wars films are still a thing.  This cornerstone from my childhood is still here.

The film is a mess, but I can’t explain why without spoilers.  The most I can say, after seeing it for a third time, is that certain story elements… failed.

There were a few visual continuity problems (mostly body positioning).  There were questionable casting/character decisions.

And then there’s the whole subplot that some say should not be dismissed, but I felt it could have been.

It’s not a better film than Episode V, but for some reason I like it more than Empire, warts and all.

It’s an enjoyable mess, and very emotional to me.

I should take the lead of others and simply say that I like the Original Trilogy, the Disney movies, and some of Revenge of the Sith.  With no ranking of the films themselves.

Though the original Star Wars is still my all-time favorite.

Rogue One is a VERY close second.

Second Viewing

After a second watch of The Last Jedi, one change to the rankings:

  • IV
  • R1
  • VIII
  • V
  • VII
  • VI
  • III
  • I
  • II

The Last Jedi is my 3rd favorite Star Wars film.  The second viewing was much more of an emotional experience than the first time, probably because I knew what was coming this time around.  It’s a roller coaster, with a few ‘WTH?’ moments, unlike Rogue One, which had none, IMHO.

Episode IV remains my favorite Star Wars film, because without that one, NONE of the rest exist.



It was great.  And even better when you see it with friends and family.


  1. A New Hope
  2. Rogue One
  3. The Empire Strikes Back
  4. The Last Jedi
  5. The Force Awakens
  6. Return of the Jedi
  7. Revenge of the Sith
  8. The Phantom Menace
  9. Attack of the Clones

I thought Rogue One was a better film.  Maybe that will change after I see The Last Jedi again.


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“People need to bring anger into their lives.”

I said this to a co-worker yesterday as we were discussing The Last Jedi, and the people who not only dislike the new movies, but outright hate them AND must let you know this as much as possible.

It’s like they thrive on being angry with something, anything, that brings joy to others.

I’m guilty of this to some degree (Star Trek Discovery).  But at the very least, I gave it a chance, watching a few episodes before deciding that it wasn’t for me.

The hate mongers out there decide to hate something before it comes out (The Last Jedi) yet they’ll go see it anyway, just to complain about it later.

“That’s hate watching,” as I explained to my co-worker.

And this morning the news of the Disney-FOX deal has brought out the same hate over something that they have no control over.  Or do they?

Mostly I’ve seen people claiming that they hate that Disney is buying up studios and properties and ‘ruining’ franchises.  They call the new Star Wars films ‘unwatchable’.

You could just choose to not watch.

I’m not an anime fan.  So I don’t watch any of it.  And I never mention it.

Why is this so hard to do for some people?

“People need to bring anger into their lives.”

And the truth is, that’s kinda sad.