On the one hand, there’s some really sharp material here, reminiscent of the stuff he did before really blowing up, transgressive (but not reactionary) in the ways a man rightly rejected from polite society can only be. On the other hand, the material dealing with the sexual misconduct is, uhhhhhh, not good. Don’t pay for this, but do watch it if you are interested.
Scorsese’s working in such a muted register here, so far from the live wire theatrics of GOODFELLAS or the operatic grandeur of CASINO, that you might not notice the accumulating moral weight of this epic until the final stretch where he drops it all on your heart like a ton of bricks.
Can't muster a full review, so here are some random thoughts.
- I'm almost thirty, so I didn't think STAR WARS could make me mad anymore. Disappoint me, sure, but no anger. Way to prove me wrong, JJ.
- There may be worse STAR WARS movies, but none has felt so ramshackle, so unceremonious, and so lacking in any meaningful identity.
- J.J. Abrams, even in his bad movies, is usually very good at pacing. His movies are light on…