If Only It Were The Last, by Tyler Smith

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  1. Beth says:

    I completely agree. Sometimes I think the worst part about this constant franchise/Cinematic Universe movie world we now live in is that none of them are allowed to end. It’s happening now with TV where people are just bringing back old favorites that were supposed to be over (probably more to do with laziness/fear of taking any kind of risk). I get slightly sad about the end of my favorite things like everyone else, but I am so happy now whenever something is allowed to have an Ending. It makes it so much better to END definitively with no trace of “to be continued?” It’s just exhausting, this constant churning out of “story.” Good stories have endings, they’re supposed to – and no one will let these stories end! GAH.

    • FictionIsntReal says:

      You make some good points, but the most recent film I saw in a theater is Blade Runner 2049, so I can’t be too down on revivals as a concept (Fury Road is another really good one).

      • Beth says:

        Yeah, revivals can be good (anything can be good) but Fury Road was great, and great as a stand alone addition rather than the start of a new series of movies (I hope that isn’t happening). And 2049 would be more moving to me if I knew that last image was The Last, but there was that dangling thread of a “war coming” that makes it like they really want to make this a series now. Don’t know if it will happen now, but I would rather not have diminishing returns.

  2. FictionIsntReal says:

    I found Rogue One much more interesting than the New Hope retread which preceded it. So it’s only those standalone films you complain about which get my hopes up now.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      It’s not the films themselves that bother me so much as the general timing. There’s just too much too often. To me, it falls under the idea of “How can I miss you if you never leave?”

  3. Michael Bailey says:

    I was actually encouraged by a couple of actors (Mark Hammel for one) saying that they were shocked – and a little disturbed – at the direction the Johnson took the story, and the portrayal of Luke is one of them.

    I did find Force Awakens to be both the best and worst of JJ Abrahams, and modern moviemaking, in general. It had a solid, eventful script and thrilling action pieces, but there was an undercurrent of either pandering/rehash (Looking at you, Starkiller Base) flippant miss-use, (There you are, Phasem), or seeming very intentional mysteries (Rey’s parentage) The movie lacked breathing room for pacing (The whole bumping into Han Solo 5 min off the planet. How easy was that?) I wanted the thoughtfulness.

    You know, I finally watched Jaws for the first time all the way through, and I caught the scene with Roy Schider and his little boy at the kitchen table. Roy is exhausted and puts his head in his hands, and the kid does the same thing. The wordless scene progresses – we get a sweet bonding moment, realize the stakes, and gently slide into the next great sequence with Richard Dryfess. Its graceful, wonderful – Breathing space.

    I need to care about these people. When Luke fussed about going to Toshie Station and not cleaning the droids, when he worried about what his Uncle would say – and when he stood over his chared-corpses – it had gravity. I only got one moment of that in The Force Awakens. There could have been several. Big action movies need to be human again.

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