Backpedaling on The Last Jedi After the Second Viewing

Saw The Last Jedi again today with the fam and in-laws. I liked it a lot more the second go-round. Full disclosure, the first time I saw it, I had this REALLY annoying and distracting guy sitting next to me, so that may have colored my experience. That said, there is something to the cadence in the cut of this film that could be off-putting, but just like with challenging music, on repeat listings, you learn to find the pocket.

Bottom line, I thought the film was really cool. I just wanted to like it more. I believe these various nerd fires (warranted or not) were fanned by Rian’s structural choice, and the decision to cut the movie to 2 1/2 hours (I figure for financial reasons…more showings per day). This film, much like Rey in training, needed to breath. It illustrates why LOTR and Potter films had to often clock in at 3+ hours. If the producers of Star Wars want to get into that territory, I’m all for it. But don’t give me 3 pounds of plot in a 2 1/2 pound bag. Take the financial hit, mouse, and do the job right. And yes, to be clear, I’m a pin-headed hater, first class.