"This is not going to go the way you think." - Luke Skywalker
The gut punch that was my first watch of The Last Jedi gave me mixed feelings about the film and left me wondering about its merit as I struggled to accept it. Because of my love for the Star Wars saga films, I went researching and exploring the praise and criticism of the movie in tandem with rewatching it. But exploring the internet on this topic was a sequel to that first gut punch. Not only were people liking and disliking the movie, but people on both sides were treating others poorly.
Navigating The Last Jedi Backlash
Researching how The Last Jedi was a powerful opportunity for fans to grow, I quickly came to recognize most of my issues (and others) with the film were founded on expectations and emotions. After letting these pass, I was able to see the movie for what it was and judge it on merit, not what I wanted and felt during my initial watch.
His biggest issue was Luke, but after talking through it, he acknowledged it made sense and was actually good, but he didn’t want to work that hard for a Star Wars movie.— Bryan Young (@swankmotron) May 12, 2018
Seeing the film through clearer eyes I was able to more effectively parse through it, and process the praise and criticism of the film. As I explored these, particularly the criticism, I soon found more problems with these Last Jedi critiques than the film itself as many fans threw shallow and unfair flack at the movie. All of a sudden, for a small vein of Star Wars fandom, it was trendy to dislike and bash the Last Jedi (and its fans).
As I evaluated and engaged with the backlash (sometimes successfully), my intent quickly focused on inspiring Star Wars fan to more effectively evaluate these movies. People were interpreting and relating to the movie in drastically different ways. Much of the backlash was simply a matter of perspective or them missing details from the movie. Those who failed to embrace the nuance and appreciate the details disliked the movie and were quite vocal about it, sometimes in inappropriately harsh ways.
"Where you push back the hardest is an indicator you have a lot to learn in that area." - Craig Groeschel
At the same time, few dissenters could provide a comprehensive and concise argument for why the film was poorly crafted and executed, even when I specifically asked. When I evaluate something, I want to understand it fully and that includes the positive and negatives.
The Strength Behind The Noise
It’s The Last Jedi for me. It was a masterpiece of cinema, preposterously well-written and executed, and was the deepest and most challenging of the Star Wars films while at the same time maintaining its humor and whizz-bang sense of wonder. https://t.co/uF4FSajS5Y— Bryan Young (@swankmotron) May 30, 2018
By embracing these negatives, I found in my discussions, I was able to surface a deeper understanding and better appreciation for the film. In my journey to becoming a fan of The Last Jedi, I've constructed the strongest argument for why The Last Jedi is the weakest Star Wars film. This starting point will act as a contrast to the themes which elevate this powerful film and lead me to believe it’s a terrific finished movie for the ages.
In this article, we'll explore the following areas as we embrace the film's inspiration, and also discover how to act on it in our daily lives.
- 1. The Case Against The Last Jedi
- 2. The Last Jedi Rises Above These Challenges In Three Powerful Ways
- 3. Kylo, Rey, & Luke: The Pivotal Shift Moment in The Last Jedi
- 4. The Psychology Behind The Last Jedi (& Star Wars)
- 5. The Exploration of Kylo Ren, Reflecting Luke's Cynical Side
- 6. Diving Deep With Rey, Reflecting Luke's Optimistic Side
- 7. Snoke's Forced Connection With Rey & Kylo Ren
- 8. The Dominoes Begin To Fall: Rey Confronts Luke
- 9. Luke's Tree Burning Transformation
- 10. A New Order Begins With Kylo Ren's Betrayal of Snoke
- 11. A Transformed Luke Skywalker Confronts The Unraveling Kylo Ren
- 12. Inspiration & a Roadmap To Leverage The Individual Power We ALL Have