I am not a big Star Wars fan. The only movie in the series I really liked was Rogue One and it is stand-alone. However, I went into this latest Star Wars viewing experience with an open mind. A hopeful mind. This year has been rather ho-hum when it comes to movies. My favorite thus far has been The Joker. And, that was a rather dark, bleak film. But it was a fantastic movie. Joaquin Phoenix is deserving of an Oscars award.
Any way you slice it, on the winter solstice I went to catch a very long Star Wars movie. And, here is the thing. It wasn’t terrible. It was not great. There were times when I had to google a tidbit here and there during the film so that I could truly follow. But despite not being a huge Star Wars fan, I did feel bits of nostalgia while watching it. There’s also a feel good narrative of never quitting. In that vein, it’s a perfect movie in a way for the holiday season. Although, I still rather watch Die Hard for Christmas. And strangely, the theatre was rather quiet even when some key past figures show up. Maybe it’s the people in my community.
At the end of the film you are watching the horizon left wondering what’s next. In terms of post-credit scenes there are none. That’s the Star Wars tradition or non-tradition. It ends and so it stays done. For now. Nothing in Hollywood stays done. And, nothing is sacred. One day, to our collective horror, Casablanca will be remade. Till then, we are more likely to get yet another Star Wars Installment. But where it goes, who knows. We would need interesting characters, or so we would hope. I just don’t know which interesting characters are left.