I have long refused to watch new Star Wars films, especially in theaters, ever since I found myself viewing Phantom Menace in 3-D roughly five years ago. I have worked hard to avoid entertainment that pushes values and beliefs contrary to mine, which is difficult in this day and age.
Thankfully, men like Matt Forney were willing to endure the horror of watching The Last Jedi in order to confirm what we suspected.
To no one’s surprise, he called it one of the worst films in decades.
Of course, I expected it to be a trash heap of post-American bile, but it’s worth noting one of the reasons why the movie failed – loserdom is celebrated, while genuine heroics is punished by the “good guys.”
Despite being forward-thinking and courageous, Poe is constantly slapped down by his female superiors for being too “hot-headed.” For example, despite his bravery in taking out one of the First Order’s cruisers at the beginning of the movie, Leia demotes him for being “reckless.”
Later on in the movie, after Leia falls into a coma after miraculously surviving being blasted into open space (don’t ask), Poe discovers that her replacement, the purple-haired (yes, I’m serious) HR lady Holdo (Laura Dern) is planning to evacuate the Resistance’s last cruiser into unarmed transports, a suicidal and cowardly move. He intelligently proclaims a mutiny, only for Leia to side with Holdo, whose plan ends up getting all but two dozen members of the Resistance killed. Heckuva job, Holdy!
As I explained in my essay egalitarian elitism, loserdom is cherished by our modern society, while actual heroism is frowned upon. Heroes are by their very nature men who rise above the ordinary and normal. They do extraordinary things others either cannot do or lack the will to do. If you believe everyone is the same, heroes are a threat to your preferred societal order. Endorsing ugliness, stupidity, foolishness, and weakness is the only way to make everyone equal, because it is impossible for everyone to be special.
When everyone is special, no one is. You can’t make all people great, but you can force everyone to adhere to the lowest standards.
The Last Jedi is a decidedly anti-hero film as much as it is a modern critique or perhaps satire on the original films, which drew on traditional legend/tale/myth structures.
And for all the faults of the prequels, Episode One doesn’t smack of blatant propaganda or undermine the integrity of the original films. In fact, in retrospection I might enjoy the film a helluva lot more for just having a mediocre plot and the terrible choice of including Darth Vader as a child.
Moreover, The Last Jedi and its predecessor The Farce Awakens is a reflection of post-America; the hideous rot dwelling within the carcass of a once-noble creature. Its only legacy will exist as an accurate cultural artifact from the Current Year for those in the future who want to know what Fake Americans believed.
Let us all go to bed tonight thanking God that Peter Jackson got the Lord of the Rings trilogy out when he did, because I can scarcely bear to think of what Hollywood would have done to it had it come out today.