I loved The Last Jedi. It was the boldest Star Wars movie to date, taking great steps in making sure the franchise would change and grow with the times and to surprise fans while being much better-acted and -filmed than the prequels. Rey and Kylo, two characters who were a bit dodgy in TFA were a lot better here, with more character development and more unique motives. Not to mention the breathtaking special effects and action sequences, which may be the best in a Star Wars movie to date. That said, the movie has been very controversial, and at first I was hit with a severe case of Critical Backlash: why would this fantastic movie, beloved by critics, be so utterly divisive among audiences that it\'s even more controversial than the prequels? Then I came across this article, and upon reflection and reading the movie\'s YMMV page on this very wiki, it dawned upon me: The Last Jedi is unabashedly liberal. It\'s pro-feminism: it has four fantastic female leads in Rey, Leia, Rose and Holdo, and the latter\'s conflict with Poe is very symbolic of the feminism vs. toxic masculinity conflict (with Holdo coming out on top). Its overall message is to let go of the past to make way for new developments, and to give the weaker and poorer a chance at life. Canto Bight is an analogy for the wealthy \"fat cats\" and how they live in glitz and glamor but it\'s all corruption and abuse underneath. Star Wars is an American franchise. As of the time of writing, America is being run by an administration much like the bigwigs at Canto Bight. Bigwigs who demean women and want to restore America to the racist, sexist, classist way it was in the past (like how the First Order wants to restore Palpatine\'s Empire). Bigwigs with a rabidly anti-establishment, white, male, young, angry cult following (like Kylo Ren). As such, The Last Jedi is bound to ruffle a few feathers with its very clear side-taking on the political issues at the time; I have a feeling that it played a big role in why the Critical Dissonance is so pronounced, since specific criticisms like Luke\'s character normally wouldn\'t be enough to cause such a divide. But we need movies like The Last Jedi more than ever. We need to tell women and girls that they can do anything, even if the GOP wants them to take a backseat to men. We need to teach people to \"let the past die\". We need to teach people that the biggest and richest aren\'t necessarily the best. And what better way to do that than through the most-hyped movie of the year. The Trump administration is already trying to control things like the flow of information on the Internet, and if left unchecked, they\'d happily work their magic on \"liberal Hollywood\" so that every blockbuster is an MRA-friendly testosterone-fest like Batman v. Superman or Bayformers.
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