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Ross Douthat
In a way it's kind of bold and avant-garde that Disney approached a billion-dollar trilogy like an improv sketch with a prompt - "Star Wars sequels, go!" - where one performer tells part of the story, the next picks it up mid-stream, and nobody coordinates the narrative.
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Josh Miller Dec 20
Replying to @DouthatNYT
Avant-garde sure. Maybe just maybe they could have said "try to reinforce the previous movie, not destroy it". Each movie seems to want to undo the previous. Less than the the sum of their parts, this trilogy was.
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Flies at Dusk Dec 20
Replying to @millejr4 @DouthatNYT
"Yes, and"
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Laura Robinson Dec 20
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I think the whole series could have been made by Johnson or by Abrams but not 2/3 one and 1/3 the other.
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Michael Rathbone Dec 20
Replying to @LauraRbnsn @DouthatNYT
Kathleen Kennedy is no Kevin Feige. They needed a Feige.
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Isthisthingon? Dec 20
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Sounds familiar.
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gene hackman in unforgiven stan account Dec 20
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who needs a story when you have an empire of officially licensed characters?
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TobyWebs Dec 20
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But even bad improv troupes know to never negate what the guy before you says. It sounds like they didn't even follow that basic rule.
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Geoff Dec 20
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Most expensive version of mad libs ever
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Samuel Moyn 🤦🏻‍♂️ Dec 20
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Wasn’t it just that Rian Johnson defied the memo?
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Darin Milanesio Dec 20
Replying to @samuelmoyn @DouthatNYT
No, I’ve always been under the impression the studio gave him a blank sheet of paper
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