I have never done this before where I post someone else’s film review on my own website, but I just have to make an exception in this case because the review says so many things that I was struggling to formulate in my own mind. I watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi on opening day with my brother, and I enjoyed it. The only problem was that I felt like the Resistance was completely outmatched and even a little foolish in everything they tried to do in the film. And it turns out that that might have been the point – at least according to a brilliant review by a philosopher named Stefan Molyneux.
This review isn’t so much critiquing the performances or the story, but it is an intriguing look at the film as though it were an allegory for current events. After all, entertainment is generally trying to cater to the tastes of its audience and so it attempts to reflect cultural norms. So this video review is much like my take on The Lion King a while back when I likened it to unfortunate trends in our world today.
What amazes me about this video is that it came out the same weekend that The Last Jedi debuted. Molyneux managed to coalesce all of his thoughts into a brilliant video in such a short amount of time. Inspiration does strike me from time to time, but I usually have to think about something for a long while before I can perfectly formulate my thoughts on it. This guy makes it look easy!
So prepare yourself for the most politically incorrect take you will ever see on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It is packed with spoilers, so don’t watch it unless you have already seen the film. It will give you a whole new perspective.
This is the Deja Reviewer bidding you farewell until we meet again.
The video is the property of Stefan Molyneux.
Interesting post. I think it’s worth pointing out that none of his statistics are real. He makes them up to back up his anti immigration agenda, which is his right to express but his “stats” are false so it’s misleading but I enjoyed the different take on the film it offered.
The Last Jedi definitely follows the chiasmus structure. (No spoilers in this comment – I won’t provide any examples.)
I discovered your site through the Empire Strikes Back chiasmus post, the night before my second viewing of The Last Jedi.
I went in looking for the corresponding scenes/events and the dramatic turn in the middle.
I think it will take many more viewings to get a handle on all of it. The events of this film won’t be properly understood or appreciated until the events of the next film play out (like your deer hunter review.)
Can’t wait for your chiasmus post on Last Jedi. Keep up the great work!
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i hate the movie came off to me like it was a disney movie in every aspect just buried under star wars skin with tons of cheesy corny lines like the dialogue was the worst ive ever seen in a star wars movie!! its hot garbage !
Yeah, the more I think about it, the less I like The Last Jedi. It just feels like a misstep in many ways.
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Yes its visually fine however the dialogue and script were awful!!
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Really? He uses hos own interpretation to pomp his own propagandistic agenda. None of his data is actually true. Decline of jobs for white males, life expectancy, metal state of British girls… it’s not true. It’s not fact.
Even without that, most of his opinions resound with a minority of the American population, and even less in other parts of the world. It would be a damn stupid business choice to make a popular movie for such a small political agenda. It wasn’t released by Breitbart, it was released by Disney.
That said, Star Wars was never about cultural commentary, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t that now.
However, I do thionk the film makers wanted The Last Jedi deliberately to take the franchise in another direction. It let to character motivations, stupid decisions and a spin on the story that was more involved with going in a different direction that with telling a tale. As a viewer (and a 40-year Star Wars-fan) I couldn’t help but that I wasn’t been taking seriously. From the moment Poe Dameron was confronted with the consequences of the first battle, to Rey ‘suddenly’ able to lift rocks I felt Rian Jonhson was standing in front of my laughing ‘haha you didn’t see that coming!’
And, of course, the first rule of art should be to take your audience serious. If if your kidding with them.
Thank you for your comment. Yes, now that I’ve had time to process everything, I highly doubt Rian Johnson was trying to make any statements about the decline of the West in his film. The Last Jedi really is just a farce, and it doesn’t take anything seriously. I doubt I’ll ever watch it again.
That being said, I admire Stefan Molyneux’s ability to analyze a film in so much detail so soon after watching it for the first time. That’s what most impressed me about his review. Not that he’s necessarily right, but that his mind can go in so many interesting places that I never would have considered.