However, I will say that from what I remember it was a well enough made modern blockbuster film. What I find weird though is that it seems a lot of fans seem to love this film, e.g. calling it the "Empire" of the Disney series, whilst hating the TLJ for disrespecting the established canon (which I'd also say is true). This I cannot understand.
It can't even be due to treatment of well loved established characters - In Rogue One Darth Vader is shown as a lowbrow thug henchman scything through the common footsoldiers with his lightsaber, yet supposedly it's the same guy we see shortly afterwards in ANH leaving the dirty work to his troops before imperiously marching in afterwards! Surely that's no worse than the character assassination (which, again don't me wrong, I agree that's what it was) that Luke suffered in TLJ?
Post by Tristan's Journal on Jan 13, 2019 17:48:13 GMT
Nuance is the difference. The difference is quality.
As for Vader. I'm not a big fan of the Vader scene. But there is no conflict.
In ANH he might have chosen not to repeat the personal gangway massacre, but he was still lowbrow henchmen enough to jump into his personal Tie Fighter and dogfight it out with the rebels - apart from him strangling and torturing them personally which is the prime qualification of lowbrow thug henchman.
Vader was different in every OT movie BTW: - in ANH the traitorous henchman chasing and fighting personally and bickering with peers. - In Empire the demonic leader who wants to destroy the Emperor and rule the galaxy. - In Jedi suddenly the conflicted sinner who "must serve" his master and protects him. The OT is a mess in terms of consistent character writing.
I rejected this film as soon as I saw it due to it's awful non-canon status...
Well, it is canon.
But the reason why I think its more acceptable than TLJ is that it doesn't ruin anything we have preconceived notions about; and it was never meant to answer any questions set-up by a previous movie. We already knew the mission succeeded, we just didn't know how, and now we know.
But TLJ was full of possibility. And it was squandered. it ruins our hopes for Luke, and it doesn't answer any questions set up by TFA.