Meg Dowell writes an incredibly moronic piece at Dork Side of the Force entitled, Frank Oz on Star Wars: ‘We’re not here to fulfill people’s expectations.’
In it she writes:
Frank Oz has an important message for Star Wars fans who didn’t like The Last Jedi. He makes a good point.
By a good point, Meg means a purely idiotic SJW point.
Apparently, Frank Oz — the brilliant man behind all things Yoda — doesn’t agree with Star Wars fans he feels are too heavily critical of The Last Jedi.
Oz said: “I love the movie. All the people who don’t like this ‘Jedi’ thing is just horse crap. It’s about expectations. The movie didn’t fill their expectations. But as filmmakers, we’re not here to fulfill people’s expectations.”
As much as I’ve enjoyed Frank Oz’s puppeteer work over the decades, I can’t say the same for his interpretation of criticism. The Last Jedi didn’t just fail to meet expectations. It failed to meet fundamental basics of good film making, like basic editing. It failed to tell a story, and instead choose to make a pit stop at Canto Bight for some moronic political lectures. It was, quite frankly, all around just dumb, in every way, on every level.
“He’s not wrong.”
In fact he’s 100% dead wrong.
The magic makers in old Hollywood used to pride themselves in not just meeting expectations, but exceeding them. That’s what Frank used to do before the lethargy of SJW mediocrity became en vogue. Because if you’re just there to satisfy yourself, then you’re better off as a starving artist. The audience would be better off too.
You’d think Frank would have learned his lesson about SJW idiocy with his recent dust up with them.
“Movies are a form of entertainment, and are made for the sole purpose of — let’s be honest — giving us something bright and shiny to look at.”
There was nothing bright and shiny in The Last Jedi. It was dark and dismal, like a moldy basement that you hire an estate sale company to clear out.
“Regardless of whether you enjoyed the movie or not, The Last Jedi told a story full of suspense and surprises. It just wasn’t the story many fans wanted. Does that make it a bad movie?”
Well no. What makes it a bad movie was the shoddy film craft in every aspect including the narrative.
“But here’s something revolutionary: Not liking something doesn’t mean the thing you don’t like is a poorly made thing.”
Right. But in this case, it was poorly made. I mean, no offense to Frank, but even the Yoda puppet looked off. Like the intern got the latex mix wrong or something.
“But you are not upset because killing off Luke Skywalker was Rian Johnson’s greatest cinematic failure. You are upset because the movie did exactly what it was supposed to do. Something happened that you did not expect to happen.”
Well yes. No one really expected a Star Wars movie to be a bowl of pure feces. Not even after the lackluster Prequels. And certainly no one expected to be villainized for criticizing that big bowl full of cinematic feces either. And yes, Rian Johnson’s film making is in fact cinematic feces.
“I wonder if the same people who complained about TLJ being too “different” also complained that The Force Awakens was too much of a carbon copy of A New Hope.”
Perhaps. But why would that matter?
“What do you want? Do you even know?”
Well sure. I have an entire blog devoted to the subject.
“Let me ask you this: Do you really want to walk into a movie, sit there, and watch everything play out on-screen exactly the way you want it to? Is that your idea of a good movie — one that takes every expected twist and fulfills every giddy space fantasy?”
Well no. But then, that’s not at all what the problem is. Remember, subverting expectations can and has been done with good film craft. That just wasn’t done here.
“It is not any filmmaker’s job to make sure you walk out of a movie theater having gotten everything you wanted. It is their job to tell a story that makes its audience react emotionally to what happens on that screen.”
As long as the audience reacts within parameters enforced by SJW idiots? Why would thinking people comply with such nonsense?
“Maybe Kylo’s parentage bombshell and Luke’s sacrifice and Finn’s willingness to give up his life for the Resistance didn’t faze you. That’s fine — a movie simply can’t please everyone. “
There aren’t two characters in cinematic history that I care less about.
“That does not mean it was a bad movie.”
And yet it was anyways.
“It just means it wasn’t for you, and it’s OK — you can move on. Watch a different Star Wars movie. You’ll survive.”
Hello McFly! We have moved on:
We’re doing now, is responding to idiotic “think” pieces such as yours instead. Please enjoy.
“Oz has pointed out the exact problem with all the toxic reactions to Johnson’s film. People don’t know how to react to not getting what they want. When their expectations aren’t met, they throw fits and channel blame toward the people they believe have somehow personally wronged them.”
Or when it’s a crappy movie, people say so, and then get called names for it.
“Not just the actors, but the writer/director, the production company, the entire decades-old franchise as a whole.
They used words like “ruined” and “boycott” and “not my Star Wars.”
All because a movie didn’t live up to their very calculated hopes and dreams.”
Let’s be perfectly clear here, Meg. You’re a child attempting to use hyperbole that’s clearly far too big for your britches. You have no idea whatsoever what anyone’s hopes and dreams are. Did it ever occur to you, that the audience found the film to be insulting? That it felt like a spit in the face? Of course not. You wouldn’t have the foggiest notion.
“I hoped for a Star Wars movie that would continue the saga George Lucas had begun all those years ago.”
Then your hopes were dashed. This is what Lucas would have intended. What you got instead was pale fan-fiction.
“Because in the end, it doesn’t matter if it’s everything we’ve imagined it “should be” in our heads. We’re not the ones making it. J.J. Abrams did that. He told a story — he did his job.”
Well let’s hope that you’re still singing that tune when J.J. Abrams retcons Rey from being a nobody to being Luke’s niece. That should send a shiver through Reylos everywhere.
Originally published here.