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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

curated: the underlying reason for all those vague male complaints about ‘The Last Jedi’

It’s exactly what you think it is.

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  • Bluejay

    Spot on.

    I also particularly appreciate this passage, which beautifully responds to complaints about Holdo’s sacrifice:

    “Why is Holdo’s sacrifice seen as brave and Finn’s seen as foolhardy?” The parallel sacrifice to Holdo is Luke, not Finn. Luke sacrifices himself to allow what’s left of the Resistance to escape, just as Holdo sacrificed herself earlier to stop the First Order from picking off Resistance shuttles one by one, allowing the survivors to escape. The parallel sacrifice to Finn is Poe sacrificing the entire Resistance bomber fleet. Both Poe and Finn ignore orders from women to stand down and escape in favor of chasing glorious, but pyrrhic, victories.

    The more I think about TLJ, the more I’m realizing that this is, in fact, my favorite Star Wars movie. It doesn’t just pick up the story from what’s happened before, it TRANSFORMS how we see what’s happened before. It even, amazingly, makes me like the prequels more, simply by acknowledging the Jedi’s shittiness and shortcomings in those films and making their failure part of the point. I have no idea if Abrams’ Episode IX will pick up on all the rich themes and fresh storytelling possibilities that TLJ has handed to it, but at least we have this film.

    Also: Kelly Marie Tran is being harassed by Internet dudes? FUCK those assholes.

  • Stacy Livitsanis

    After having watched too many YouTube videos about The Last Jedi (I’ve become a bit obsessed with this film), the whiny complaints from most of the outraged Star Wars fanboys who don’t like it can be boiled down to: “WAAAAAAAAH!! The movie tries to make me question my assumptions about things I want to take for granted! ‘Snot fair!”

  • Bluejay

    Pretty much all this:


    TL;DW: “The Last Jedi is a story about men learning to trust women’s ideas and decisions, and then becoming better people and better heroes because of it.” But the whole thing is worth watching.

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