First Impressions of The Last Jedi through other Sci-Fi

the-last-jedi-theatrical-blogOne of my biggest critiques of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was that it relied too much on nostalgia. At times, it seemed like a soft reboot of A New Hope. Naturally, this led me to worry that Disney was too reluctant, too concerned with profits to take risks with the franchise. When promotional images for The Last Jedi included vehicles that looked suspiciously like AT-AT walkers, I worried that Director Rian Johnson’s new Star Wars film would again play it safe by retreading the plot of The Empire Strikes Back.

I was wrong. I am glad. Continue reading “First Impressions of The Last Jedi through other Sci-Fi”

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“Looper” by Rian Johnson

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Note: I saw Looper years ago, but am posting some brief thoughts because director Rian Johnson was recently selected to write and direct Star Wars Episode VIII

There’s a lot about Looper that I appreciate. Looper goes beyond the usual tropes about assassinating Hitler and finds a unique angle for a time travel story. In the future, criminal syndicates use time travel to conduct assassinations by sending those they want killed back into the past where they are killed by “loopers”, assassins paid with silver bars strapped to the victims. Continue reading ““Looper” by Rian Johnson”

Rogue One & Star Wars: Episode VIII

Star Wars.com has just announced that the first standalone Star Wars film will be titled “Rogue One,” directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones. Meanwhile, Episode VIII will be directed by Rian Johnson and will be released on May 26, 2017 – 40 years after A New Hope.

Based on the title, it seems like the standalone film will focus on starfighter pilots. Could this be the Star Wars equivalent of Top Gun? I’d love to see a good dogfight. Even after 30 years, I don’t think anybody’s managed to top the space battle in Return of the Jedi.

I’m a bit concerned about Rian Johnson for Episode VIII. I saw Looper and, although I appreciated Johnson’s ambition, the storytelling was a bit convoluted. Hopefully he’s gotten more experience since then. Besides, Star Wars doesn’t have time travel.