OPEN POST: Movie Therapy for The Last Jedi

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brian-mcgee - January 7, 2018

One of the things I pride myself on is my ability to talk through movies with friends and colleagues in order to better understand what people from various viewpoints thought of different moments, plot devices, and characters. It's a therapeutic process wherein we can all grow and learn and better come to terms with things.

It also helps when you're all really on the same page and you can feed that rage monster inside you and just let it all out until you're blue in the face and feeling much, much better about things. That's helpful too. As Inside Out taught us all, our emotions are at their best when working in harmony with one another. Anger helps to beget Joy, Sadness can lead to Joy, basically all roads lead back to Joy. I think that was the point, anyway. 

Movie Therapy is gonna be just like regular therapy, but with movies. I'm going to bring up a movie that could be best described as controversial because of the multiple strong reactions it elicited. First up is the latest Star Wars saga film, Episode XIII: The Last Jedi. Spoilers ahead, obviously.

The film has had some people championing it as better than Empire, while others have petitioned to get it dropped from Star Wars canon. It's a polarizing film because it makes definitive decisions. Love it or hate it, The Force Awakens was mostly wishy-washy in its decision making with lines like, "an excellent story... for another time." Like the terrific pilot episode of Lost—not coincidentally also directed by J.J. Abrams—it just had to raise a bunch of new mysteries without having to bring much of anything to a conclusion because there's two more films to come. 

Love, like, tolerate, accept, hate, or flat out despise what he did, Rian Johnson made some choices and brought some storylines to a conclusion here. It may not have been exactly what was expected, but it had the courage of its convictions to answer certain questions like who Rey's parents were, why Luke exiled himself, and will Finn finally stop running away and join the fight. They may not have been answers you found satisfactory, but he answered them definitively, which is a decision that automatically alienates fifty percent of the viewers. 

There are two unforgivable sins for me in the film—I don't want to bring them up because I'm sure someone else will—but what I'm most interested in right now are your opinions on The Last Jedi. In the Comments Section below, let me know your A Number One gripe with the film. I'll do my best to answer as many of you as I can in as timely a fashion as possible, but let's start the discussion off with your biggest complaint about the film. 

Let the games begin...

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