I am Torgo
- Aug 31, 1997
- Reaction score
- Birmingham AL by way of NOLA
This last point sums up my feelings quite well. I've made my thoughts about TLJ quite clear in that thread, so I won't re-hash those here, but the fact that it failed to bridge episodes 7 and 9 is its biggest sin.I completely disagree on 7-9. The issues with those 3 is much deeper than flawed stories. Everything else was not topnotch. TLJ was fraught with poorly timed punch lines and attempts at humor that were try hard cheesy moments. It made me cringe more than laugh. Star Wars isn't a comedy, although a lot of episodes have some sprinkled throughout. It rarely overshadowed the story. The ones that did, to me got the worst reviews. Phantom Menance, AOC to some degree and TLJ were the worst. The most memorable films and moments were those serious, intense moments when the forces are at battle with one another.
I guess those are storytelling issues, but the directors and writers are the ones who create the overall vision for each of the trilogies, and TLJ was a jarring, almost nonsensical telling of the middle episode of what's supposed to be the bridge between 7 and 9. It felt more like a filler episode than a continuation of an epic saga.
And, that's why I grade RoS on a major curve. Johnson left the trilogy nowhere to go in its final installment, so most of the movie is spent trying to correct that. I walked into 9 with very low expectations, and came out thoroughly entertained. It's not a movie I'd care to own, but I am looking forward to a second viewing when it lands on Disney+.