C’mon Sotonians geek contingent. Many of us have seen the new Star Wars film, the concluding part of the Skywalker saga.
I saw it last night and have immersed myself in all sorts of reviews ranging from the raging “Fandom Menace” YouTuber’s ironically literally making a living off the franchise they hate so much to Mark Kermode and Simon “No Man’s Lands” Mayo.
This is the place to extensively discuss the merits and demerits of the most recent film and the new trilogy in general.
My initial thoughts are that it is one step forward, two steps back.
This series of films absolutely nailed the return of characters you actually care about, something that the prequels never made you do.
What they got wrong was the descent into dumbness and the trilogy long mission to wipe the Skywalkers out.
If there is a lesson to be learned here, it is to let Lucas do the world-building and the general plot, but get someone else to handle the screenplay and directing.
We’ve just had two completely opposite trilogies. The prequels were bursting with ideas, but lacking in character. The new ones had bags of character (too many to do justice as it goes) but had very few ideas of its own.