Film & TV

Dec 14, 2017

Rundle: sat among ewoks, imbibing the Clintonian delirium of Star Wars

People say it's the best of the Star Wars films for decades. It was by turns stirring and as ropey as an old Doctor Who episode.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


There were Jedi knights at Melbourne Central station, and stormtroopers on the escalator. Boys in Target faux Japanesey gowns with broomsticks, and goth girls who'd made more of an effort, black lace witchy gowns and working light sabres. At Flinders Street station, a cross-dressed Princess Leia was buying a dim sim. And on the tram all the way down St Kilda Road, kids, paler than they needed to be, a little lumpy, debated matters of ancient history related to the rise of the Sith. Or something.

Eleven o'clock on a still warm night in Melbourne, and as in capitals across the country, thousands were streaming to cinemas for the 12.01am screening of Star Wars Part VIII: The Last Jedi

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7 thoughts on “Rundle: sat among ewoks, imbibing the Clintonian delirium of Star Wars

  1. [email protected]

    Oh dear.
    Who can deny we desperately need to be reconciled by the mid-sized publishing concerns?

  2. AR

    I went to see the revival last year, having only ever seen the original long, long ago.
    The rural fleapit was full of kids and under 30s – I despaired of the future.
    So many plot holes I just surrendered to the Force.
    I’ve been badly burned by ALIEN – Prometheus & Covenant, INTERSTELLAR and the execrable BLADERUNNER 2049, can I just eschew intelligence, plot, coherent narrative and just wallow in LAST JEDI?

  3. campidg

    Having had my expectations lowered by the unbearable prequel trilogy, I found the new films not half bad. That is to say, only a bit above than half good.
    Like AR, I think I’ll die before I see decent SF on the big screen

    1. AR

      In concurrence, may I add that the recent one about the inky octopi from outer space was not as bad as it might have been.
      It had its moments, even if some of the minutes were a bit woo-woo towards the end.

  4. Draco Houston

    What was striking to me about the other one Disney put out was how it was apparently decades since the second death star blew up, taking out Vader and the emperor, but everything still sucked.

  5. garydj

    I also saw the original Star Wars at the East End III in 1977.

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