I'm with you pretty much 100%, mate. Now the dust has settled my feelings towards TLJ and subsequent Ep9 are that of indifference. TLJ left us with such banal, poorly thought out characters and plot decisions that I don't care about where it goes. There was nothing in the plot or characters that makes me feel like I really want to know what happens next. And this isn't a case of anger at how things were depicted (Luke etc) in TLJ, I genuinely just don't care.Snaketibe wrote:This long after TLJ's release, kneejerk reactions should hopefully be out of the way. It's clear that there are those out there that like, even love this film, and I'm sure they will happily go to see Episode IX with a skip in their step and warmth in their hearts. I however, will not be one of them. I fall very much into the category of people who cannot stand TLJ, and it's perfectly apparent that there are a very great many of us out there who feel likewise. I could (very!) easily list the things I dislike about that film, but I've been there and done that already, and it achieves nothing at the end of the day.
What I am interested in seeing is how well Episode IX does at the box office. For what it's worth, I did go to see 'Solo' - twice - and enjoyed it, because it had nothing to do with the sequel trilogy, although many people seem to have been unable to make that distinction, and hence stayed away in droves, meaning that that film amazingly made Disney a loss!
I'm sure those people who liked TLJ will go along to see IX, plus a fair chunk of those who disliked it (presumably hoping to see something they like more). However, what is currently unknown is how many people simply won't bother seeing IX at all. I truly wish things were different for me, but TLJ so completely and utterly destroyed the new story for me (in addition to showing astonishing disrespect and contempt for the character of Luke Skywalker, and the establish canon of the saga) that I simply refuse to go and see IX, and I am very curious to see how many others feel the same way. IX will still do enormous box office of course, but I do wonder how it will compare with TLJ's, which itself was very significantly (as in $730 million) down from TFA's, largely due, I suspect, to those like myself who would have given plenty of repeat business to TLJ, if I hadn't hated it with every fibre of my being.
So I'm curious; is anyone else on the forum planning on skipping seeing Episode IX altogether?
For its faults, TFA set up some half decent characters in Poe and Finn for example, but both of which had their personalities and motivations altered beyond recognition in TLJ. I was interested enough to see where the story would go. The biggest mistake they have made with the sequel trilogy is a clear lack of story outline or roadmap for the trilogy, as well as handing the second chapter to a director who was clearly more concerned with creating the story he wanted, regardless of continuity, then a cohesive middle act of three parts. As a stand alone Rian's concept may not have been so vitally flawed. I have read that JJ passed an outline to Rian, but that Rian threw out nearly all of it in order to do his own thing. It certainly feels like that was the case after viewing TLJ.
I won't be going to see Ep9. Not out of spite or "fanboy" anger, but because I have no motivation to want to see it. It's going to take some doing on JJ's part however to tie everything back together and I hope for the future of Star Wars he does a good job.