“Star Wars” is so big it simply doesn’t have to be good anymore. It’s simply too much of a cultural behemoth. In 1977, it was a weird sci-fi movie directed by a guy who liked sports cars – in 2020, it’s a brand of fruit. The last movie, “Rise of Skywalker,” is least coherent story I’ve ever seen told on the big screen, and it still made over $1 billion dollars. I am in no way above this: I paid money to see it after gleefully perusing a slew of reviews gloating about how bad it was (my favorite line? “It’s an offense to whatever spatial reality George Lucas demanded from fighter jets screaming in outer space”). Then I talked about it with my friends and family after. I paid money to see something that I knew would be bad because I didn’t want to miss out on the cultural event. If you put the words “Star Wars” on something, it will make money even if it isn’t intelligible, interesting, or fun. This is why it’s so surprising that The Mandalorian is all three of those things (the premiere for Season 2 is available on Disney+ on Friday, Oct. 30). In… Read full this story
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