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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Killing the Past

With Episode VIII now out on all video/on demand platforms, and therefore finally viewed by me, I’m now ready to dust off this poor neglected blog and try to contribute a bit of analysis to the themes of this latest Star War and its place in the combative cultural environment it wound up in. Because after sitting on it for a couple of days, I was surprised to find that it stuck with me in a way that most of the other Star Wars movies did not. And it all comes down to perspective.

I am 35 years old. Not “old” by most measures, but certainly not “young”. I’m not even middle aged yet, but I still find myself dwelling on the concept of ageing, the fleeting nature of youth, relevance, and the difficulty of keeping up with ever-accelerating cultural change. I think about this a lot (too much), so the dawning realization of how deeply baked in the theme of “killing the past” is to The Last Jedi gave me a lot to chew on.

The Force Awakens Inverse

Before I get to the meaty part of this whole thing, I of course am obligated to acknowledge the considerable backlash against The Last Jedi. However, I am NOT going to waste too many pixels on the alt-right reaction and their ridiculous review bombing bitch fest. To be honest, I was expecting a lot more overt woke olympics content based on that reaction, and in reality there’s almost none. There are women in leading roles that are not love interests, and a few people of color likewise, that’s it. If that irritates you on its face, all I can say to that is: “seek help.”

But there was an equally strong backlash from mentally stable audiences and general Star Wars fanatics as well, and I find that fact pretty interesting. Yes, there are plenty of nits to pick here…

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