🌈 adrian’s review published on Letterboxd:
Nobody respects my vision!
No Tommy Wiseau/James Franco here, only Rian Johnson. And it’s his vision I didn’t respect, one I wasn’t willing to accept at first.
On my first viewing, I gave The Last Jedi a 3-star rating. I loved The Force Awakens — JJ gave me something so familiar, so close to home. Now I see that might’ve been a mistake when starting the new trilogy; it was a chance to go down a different path, to let the past die. But he didn’t.
Rian Johnson did. I feel the root of the backlash comes from him having to do so after JJ set up a film with a formula we’re accustomed to. If Rian started the trilogy, and took the same risks he did here, I’m positive it wouldn’t feel as jarring/receive the same hate (remember, we were coming off of the not-so-spectacular prequel trilogy).
I won’t forgive the blatant exposition; I won’t forgive the Marvel-like humour it’s adopted. But if you didn’t enjoy it at first, like myself, I encourage you to see it again. Only looking forward this time, not back. The film truly is a spectacle and while far from perfect, it was a step in the right direction to something that isn’t just new, but something that feels new.