Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi ★★★★★

Right when quarantine started and I realized that, as a single person living alone, I would basically be in solitary confinement for the next 4-8 months, I did the only sane thing one can do: I bought a 7541 piece LEGO Millennium Falcon set.

I've been slowly piecing it together but today I needed something other than podcasts to listen to, so I put on the Rian Johnson commentary track for this movie and went to work. Still rules! A couple quick thoughts:

- The commentary track was recorded, mercifully, before the movie was out or screened for the press. So none of the insane year of Twitter we got after it was released bled over into anything Johnson talks about, thank god.

- We still talk about directors like they're monoliths from which films spring, fully formed. And a lot of directors, when giving interviews or doing commentaries, don't lean into it, but they don't really shy away from it. Rian Johnson, though, seems like an unbelievably gracious collaborator - I think over this 2 1/2 hour movie there are maybe 3 ideas he cites as his own and instead spends the rest of the commentary laying praise on basically everyone involved in the process of making this movie, from executive producers to background players. It's great.

- Even with someone talking over it, the John Williams score in a few parts gave me fuckin' chills, it is just that good. Specifically the crescendo of 'The Spark', when Luke walks out onto the salt flat and reveals himself is an all-time Williams banger, I think.

- This movie fuckin rules. Did I say that? Fuck. Good movie.

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