This blog post is nothing but Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoilers. Mostly I wanted a place to put all the great quotes and notes that I thought of about the movie. I love it – if you don’t like that, this isn’t the post for you. If you didn’t like the movie, that’s fine, you’re allowed. If you’re a hater, your comment will be marked as spam.I loved this movie, did I mention that?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
It’s a movie about failure – almost every thing that happened was a mistake, a poor decision, failed, and cost a lot of lives, equipment, materiel, and money.
It’s about leaving the past behind and moving into the future; about passing the baton to the next generation.
It’s about faith (in yourself and your leaders).
Luke was battered by what he’s done and what he’s seen. He crumbled under the weight of his mistakes, his responsibility, and his failure – not just to his family or the Jedi, but the entire Rebellion. He is depressed. His self-talk is probably completely inaccurate, as self-talk usually is. He lost confidence in himself, his abilities, and his role in the fight, and he ran away from all that. You try being the hope of an entire religion and rebellion, screw up, and see how you deal with it. Maybe you wouldn’t become what Luke became. Good for you. Everyone’s different. In my opinion, this was a completely legitimate progression for a whiny farm kid thrust into the spotlight and all that responsibility. I don’t know if you know this about the Skywalkers, but they’re all kinda whiny.
Leia chose a different path. She learned to harness her Jedi powers, but chose to follow a military career. She’s grooming the next generation to take over the rebellion.
I have a few issues with some leadership decisions, but it’s not a surprising decision for someone who might be over-confident. I can understand ‘need to know’ orders, but when one of your most trusted men is about to mutiny, maybe let him in on your plan and save everyone some trouble. And save some lives.
The Last Jedi Quotes
I obviously can’t pause and rewind in the movie theatre, so these may not be completely accurate.
“I’m with the droid on this.”
“Weakness, properly manipulated, can be a sharp tool.”
“I gave everything I had to you.”
“The dead split your spirit to the bone.”
“Poke your head our of your cockpit.”
“There were heroes on that mission!” … “Dead heroes. No leaders.”
“Permission to jump in an X-Wing and blow shit up?” — of course it was ‘stuff’, not ‘shit’, but I know what he really wanted to say.
“We are the spark that will light the fire that will burn the First Order down.”
“Impressive. Every word in that sentence was wrong.”
“Amazing. Every word of what you just said is wrong.” Geez, Luke, okay!
“I wish I could put my fist through this whole lousy, beautiful town.”
“Let the past die. Kill it if you have to.”
“Page turners, they were not.”
“The greatest teacher, failure is.”
“We are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters.”
“Good guy. Bad guy. Made up words.”
“Live free, don’t join.”
“Hope is like the sun. If you only believe it when you can see it, you’ll never make it through the night.”
“Blip blop bloop.”
“Too many losses. I can’t take any more.” … “Sure you can.”
“The galaxy has lost all its hope. The spark is out.”
“No one’s ever really gone.”
“What are you looking at me for? Follow him.” Completely directed tot he audience, in my opinion.
“Strike me down and I will always be with you. Just like your father.” Okay Obi-Wan, I mean, Luke.
“See ya ’round, kid.”
The Last Jedi Observations
Luke: *tosses lightsaber over shoulder.* This is the example of letting the past die and, I feel, directed at the audience.
Poe was totally expecting to be named leader while Leia recovered.
Ben/Kylo and Rey usually swap places while they Force Face Time. Ben is calm, curious; Rey is angry and out of control. Also, Ben even says ‘please’ when he asks Rey to join him.
Luke has many flashes of darkness throughout the saga, but they are flashes. He doesn’t completely follow through, but sometimes he recovers too late.
Rey’s escape pod from the Falcon looks like a coffin. The Old Rey is dying and New Rey is born?
You are down to less than a skeleton crew of Rebels. You need your leaders. Yet it’s the Vice Admiral that sacrifices herself to pilot the ship? First, they don’t have auto pilot? Second: okay, they don’t, that’s fine, maybe use a nobody for that job? (Sorry nobody.) I have convinced myself that all the pilots are dead.
Force Leia is cool, but there was something in the CGI of the flying that was off to me. It was very Mary Poppins, but also just looked weird. It’s about my only real complaint.
I loved Rude!R2 and him showing Leia’s old message to Luke.
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