The weekend before Christmas is set aside for all of WifeGeeding’s siblings to travel with their families home to East Texas so their parents can have all their grandchildren together at one time. Unluckily, BoyGeeding was diagnosed with the flu and we couldn’t make the journey. I was really bummed out. Not for me, but for my in-laws, though I will admit when I see my children interact with them it gives me a slight glimpse of how my parents would have been fantastic grandparents. I was bummed out for my kids who lost a chance to play with their cousins and miss out on giving and receiving presents. I was bummed out for WifeGeeding doesn’t get to see her family as often as she’d like and knows these times have a finite limit. Granted, this wasn’t a real tragedy, we don’t live in war-torn Syria and everyone is in relatively good health, but it still bummed me out. To somewhat make up for it, I had a nice floral arrangement delivered on behalf of the kids. It’s also somewhat become a tradition for me to bring my mother-in-law flowers every Christmas gathering and I didn’t want to break a good streak.
Our pediatrician isn’t a fan of Tamiflu but said if we’re open to alternative medicine to give elderberry a try. He said his family takes it and studies have shown it helps decrease symptoms of the flu by three days and strengthens the immune system. Here’s a WSJ article about it if you are interested.
I bet a lot of parents, one time or another, expecting too much of youth and have caught themselves focusing too much on reprimanding and finding fault and fear it’s become a habit.
Some churches in England have turned to live animals in an attempt to attract church-goers while others are considering conducting their nativity service in a barn in the hope of putting on an exciting show.
Hamill is a great storyteller and does a great Harrison Ford impression.
Spoiler Free Star Wars Thoughts:
I watched it 8:30 AM on a Sunday morning by myself. I fear people spoiling things either on purpose or accident. For instance, Corby Davidson saw it and tweeted jokingly that a character died. Simply by joking about it, I now knew that character’s death was out of the realm of possibility. I also saw a heading of an article mentioning what we may be able to infer about a character’s past. That annoyed me because I now know the movie was going to address that character’s past.
It was entertaining which I guess is all I can ask for a movie. They took some liberties I appreciated but there were some I just didn’t like. Older generations of fans will like it less than millennials and kids will love it.
I’m not going to like a Star Wars movie just because it’s a Star Wars movie. It wasn’t what I hoped for.
It felt weird knowing this was the last time I’d see Carrie Fisher as Leia.
The best of the Star Wars movies outside of the original trinity would be Rogue One.
SPOILER WARNINGS after the jump.
Star Wars Thoughts Full of Spoilers
Not enough Chewie, totally underutilized.
I don’t mind having Leia facing near death, I don’t like how they did it with her floating out in space.
I’m not an Adam Driver fan and I don’t like his portrayal as Kylo Ren. But I did like the dialog between him and Rey.
Snoke is a mysterious figure in the last film and he just kinda appears in this movie, there’s no real lead up to seeing him in person instead of a hologram. I liked his death, but I didn’t like how the film made it feel like Return of the Jedi by having Rey and Ren do the whole internal struggle of dark and light in front of him. The last film had “I’ve seen this Star Wars plot before” feeling to it and lack originality. There’s a difference between paying homage to the trilogy and being unoriginal. And there’s such a thing as doing it too many times.
I liked the white snow covering the red salt of that planet, it made for a cool effect.
I like the idea of two different versions or perspectives of Luke’s struggle to kill Kylo Ren in his sleep.
I like the porgs but they felt a bit forced just to sell merchandise. I didn’t like the crystal foxes and thought they were just thrown in even though they helped explain an exit out of the cave.
The Luke and Leia reunion was pathetic. The last movie was all about finding Luke and when he’s finally on screen he doesn’t speak a word. Fans waited decades to see Luke and Leia on screen together and it’s him simply moseying into a room and she jokes about her hair.
I thought they tried to add too much comedy relief, especially when we first see Luke. Speaking of which, was there really any need for a screen crawl? The last movie ended with finding Luke, it should have just picked up right from there.
I feel these new Disney movies are taking some liberties with the force and stretching it. You didn’t see these things in the prequels when the Jedi were at their peak, so why should we see them now between Rey, who doesn’t really even know what the force is, and Ren who never completed his training? I didn’t like Luke doing a whole Matrix fighting defense maneuver but did like how he was able to make an image of himself appear elsewhere.
I don’t know if I want to see Luke milking an animal ever again. I also would have preferred the island to be remote without any living beings other than animals.
I was expecting more Jedi training. I wanted to see more Jedi training.
I liked that moment when Rey was appreciating the rain. Growing up on Jakku she would have never, or rarely, seen rain.
I loved seeing Yoda again and the idea that Rey stole all the ancient Jedi texts.
I wasn’t a fan of the Rose character and her role felt forced. Basically, we have Finn and Rose go off on a wild goose chase to find a code cracker because the movie needed something for them to do.
I thought this article stated it best, specifically this part:
More importantly, it’s the rationale behind why Finn and Rose fly off to a random planet modeled off of Monaco so they can disable the technology. This is something the movie does repeatedly, creating problems that didn’t exist before just so its characters can pull off blockbuster high jinks in pursuit of their solutions. In effect, a large chunk of The Last Jedi sees Leia put out of commission so that the other principal characters are kept in the dark about what her trump card is thus leading them to cook up their own half-assed plan to jump into hyperspace but without the enemy fleet following them which requires rewiring the space GPS on the big boss’s ship which in turn means they have to find a “code breaker” who can get them on board without being noticed which in turns means going to a casino where Rose can recount her backstory, motivation, and maybe use both of them to get Finn woke. All this and I haven’t even explained the parenthetical subplots that take place on this casino world because that would take too much time to describe such short parts of the movie that aren’t very memorable anyway. (We’ll also bracket the fact that The Last Jedi managed to make space casinos boring and soulless. What could have been the new trilogy’s Mos Eisley Cantina was instead set dressing for some extremely brief Marx Brothers-style gags). Had Leia not been forced into a coma by the writers, or had her second-in-command, Vice Admiral Holdo (because Admiral Ackbar is dead, in case you somehow missed that split second, off-screen send-off, RIP) designed to share them with the rest of the crew, Finn and Rose would have known all of this was completely unnecessary. In fact, it would have potentially saved hundreds (thousands?) of lives as Benicio Del Toro, the reward for their sidequest, wouldn’t have been in a position to tell the First Order about the escaping transport vessels Leia had bet the house on all along.And yet despite all of this, the good people still end up on the red salt mine planet and the bad people still chase them there resulting in a final showdown that could have happened half way through the movie since all the stuff that happened in-between turned out to be completely beside the point. It’s almost as if the movie could have spent that hour and a half letting Finn and Rose clean the lower decks of the Rebel Alliance cruiser together and contemplate life, politics, and what kind of world they want to build after the war in scenes that lasted more than a few minutes and didn’t involve the camera cutting every three seconds.