Episode 563: Memory Wipe by · Published January 1, 2018 · Updated January 12, 2018 In this episode, Tyler and David discuss movies about memory loss as well as the Last Jedi backlash. Related Posts:Tyler Takes On the Oscars and Other Stuff You Might Have…Episode 822: Christmas Movie MemoriesEpisode 835: Oscars 2023 (Tyler's Take)Episode 832: Through the Cracks 2022Episode 834: Oscars 2023Episode 830: Straub-HuilletEpisode 824: Being the Movie UncleEpisode 825: 2022 Film Discoveries Share
I wouldn’t be surprised if you two came around on The Last Jedi. Yes, people are disliking a mediocre movie for incorrect reasons. But that doesn’t make it great. The film is well directed and visually gorgeous, but the script is… sub par. Where the original star wars films are shallow on the surface but surprisingly deep, I feel like the Last Jedi is the inverse: deep on the surface but surprisingly shallow. The more I think about it, the more incoherent its ideology and ethic strikes me. It wants to be both iconoclastic and iconophilic at the same time, and you can’t serve two masters.
Overboard wasn’t a scandal because it was a remake of Lina Wertmuller’s Swept Away, which contained actual coerced sex, still great films both.
John Cho isn’t in the Overboard remake. Instead it’s Eugenio Derbez, whom I’ve never heard of before.
I thought The Last Jedi was mediocre. I didn’t bother reading about the controversy because I didn’t want to be spoiled, and afterward couldn’t guess what was controversial. It didn’t seem interesting enough to have much worth arguing about. I agree with John that there are script problems, but it’s not like Force Awakens was written particularly well (I’d say this is a step up from that, and I dislike all the Rian Johnson films I’d seen before).