With the whole family, I saw The Last Jedi at the one-minute-after-midnight showing on the day of release, at the wonderful Cinderford Palace Cinema (£2.50 on weekdays, £3.50 at weekends, snacks £1). I loved it and I’m keen to see it again. Almost everything I want to say about it, Matt Wedel has already said in his review over on Echo Station 5-7.
WARNING: MANY SPOILERS.
Was no-one else bothered by the overt imagery of terrorism on the part of the Resistance?
For one thing, I count three separate suicide missions. First, in the opening act, Paige Tico is literally a suicide bomber. OK, we can maybe overlook that one, since it was not intended to be a suicide mission, just a mission against suicidal odds. But second, Vice Admiral Holdo deliberately hyperspaces her ship through Snoke’s, instantly killing herself and inevitably killing nearly everyone aboard the larger ship. Then, as if that were not enough, Finn unilaterally undertakes a suicide mission to take out the big gun down on the surface of Crait. (He is prevented from succeeding, in one of the film’s rare missteps, but Paige’s sister Rose Tico.)
Once, I could overlook; twice, maybe. But to keep returning to the theme of suicide missions seems more than coincidental to me, and it disturbs me that we’re actively encouraged to cheer for the people doing this.
But there’s more. The entire film closes on a brief scene of child radicalisation on Canto Bight: one of the boys who briefly met Finn and Rose is seen using the Force to grab a broom, holding a Resistance ring, and gazing at the stars, evidently dreaming of joining the Resistance.
So what we have here is a combination of tactics that seems to to be leading in the direction of the Resistance recruiting children for suicide bombing missions. Which would make them outright terrorists.
I’m not sure what to do with this observation; just putting it out there.