Comments on two pieces of news:
The Last Jedi bash
Confession time – having seen the stills of the film, there was just something offputting about the characters, their look, plus the natural position on modern films that they’re rubbish until proven otherwise.
This was reinforced by the gushing Mail spread on the royal gala opening or whatever it was and this Daisy person’s bin bag dress, plus this hands on hips business.
However, that hardly slams the film, does it?
Ridley has a tattoo of three stars on her left foot that she got when she was 15, a tattoo of the alchemical symbol of air on her right hip, and a peace symbol tattoo behind her right ear.
Yuk. Ugggh! On a girl?
Went looking for reviews and they were divided between the official critics who all, to a man and woman, gushed like the Mail but the peripheral critics all pointed out the bland and “terrible” trailer. Again, that hardly slams the film itself.
The Grauniad said:
The character-driven face-offs are wonderful and the messianic succession crisis about the last Jedi of the title is gripping. But there is a convoluted and slightly unsatisfying parallel plot strand about the Resistance’s strategic military moves as the evil First Order closes in, and an underwritten, under-imagined and eccentrically dressed new character – Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, played by Laura Dern.
None of those people seemed to have actually seen the whole film, so I’m wondering if that’s a factor? It’s never stopped your humble film critic before.
All right, around the comments threads, the ones mainly green-arrowed:
# A dress to match her personality. She is an incredibly difficult person to work with, believing people should respond well to being shouted at.
# With all these tiny waifs pretending to beat up giant men on the silver screen, I wonder if the role of ” Hero” will ever revert to actual men. I am getting a mite tired of seeing a 100 lb girl with arms that are akin to sticks, beat the crap out of dozens of 250 lb bad guys and hardly breaking a sweat, let alone a carefully manicured fingernail.
# The last one got rave reviews when it first came out, it was only once the initial excitement had worn off a couple of weeks later, people admitted it was mince.
# I read elsewhere that it sucks but money talks.
# This review [the Wail’s] is trying way to hard, you can feel the mental gymnastics going on to try and make it seem good.
# How did that go from complete annihilation of the Empire at the end of Return of the Jedi to years of desolation and needing another Rebellion at the beginning of Episode 7? It’s like the rug was ripped out from under the viewer. I gave up on this series for that and many other reasons.
# Daisey Ridley Master Jedi and master of all – of course its a film but that is so far from believable it is difficult to not find it laughable in the extreme more politically correct rubbish.
# The last one was exactly the same storyline as the first, so I think I’ll be giving this one a miss. The fact that they had to use the same storyline again in the last one just tells me its been milked to hell and back and there’s no originality left. And why is milked so much? Greed. Everybody wants to cash in on it and have a piece of the pie. Thanks, but no thanks.
# If this is another let down like The Force Awakens, then count me out. Red arrow me all you want but I thought Force Awakens was extremely overrated. [He had 28 green to 7 red]
# This is the first Star Wars film I won’t be going to see at the pictures. They are not our films anymore, they are for the PC snowflakes now. Fair enough. [54 greens to 27 reds]
Everyone is going to analyse this according to his or her own prejudices. If it is a reaction to Moore’s past penchant for young girls, then it’s both Ok and not Ok.
It would be all right were it a track record which even Deplorables can’t expunge but it’s not Ok if it’s tied into this witch hunt on the Donald or indeed on Moore.
Both sets of allegations are unproven but “unproven” doesn’t seem to matter with voters, which seems to show that mud does stick, that Democrat tactics are fine and good and people can be manipulated, even if fake news can be proved to be so.
There’s a more worrying aspect, which ties in with Marine Le Pen’s debacle – that Moore’s politics and Bannon’s just don’t go down with people who want their pollies slick and oily.
Much safer that way, innit?
Or maybe it’s not the politics but personal antipathy for the candidate – he does seem a strange cove.
Then again, it could be that mid-terms often go against incumbents or else it’s something about the Jewish capital or the Travel Halt for some Muslim countries [people loving all the atrocities and living in fear, responding to the heart string tugging of the Dems over how sweet the jihadi rape gangs are].
Then there are people who just like giving pollies bloodied noses. Maybe it’s all of those.
One thing which worried me was the constant stream of statements, leading up, that this state required voter ID and so nothing could go wrong.
Really? Has anyone considered it’s not in the voting but in the counting? And what’s this “Write In” rubbish? The candidates were preselcted, winning battles on both sides to be there, and voters can just write in someone else’s name?
Plus the entire establishment were against him – two lots of dirty tricks, not one. The GOP have colluded with the DNC before in keeping the swamp going.
Or maybe people just don’t like all the grandstanding over peripherals and would rather it came down to straight demands, e.g. lock her up, e.g. medicare, or maybe that Trump was elected to drain swamps but has not yet done so.
Or else it’s some local issues.
There’s one reader I know who lives in Alabama and wrote that she was just going out to vote. She probably knows who voted Democrat and why but whether I can persuade her to commit “to paper” and tell us, I don’t know.
There is also one regular commenter, a fine, upstanding chap, who also lives not a long way from that Great State and maybe he knows. Not sure if he’ll commit “to paper” either.
British comments threads were almost all universally anti-Moore and anti-Trump. American Breitbart was the opposite.
I’ve a nagging suspicion, looking at these two items above, that we Deplorables might be the ones out of step with society, not the left.
It’s a suspicion that taste really has fallen away and people really do want an undefended land, rubbish entertainment, warm fuzzy jihadis gang-raping girls, bottom bandits pretending to be married etc. And that we come over as nasty and frustrated old codgers.
Hope the situation is better than that and this is just a blip.