In some sense, it seems silly to continue weighing the awards prospects for Lucasfilm’s ongoing “Star Wars
” franchise each year. With “The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One
,” and now “The Last Jedi,” it’s become clear, both in how these extravaganzas are realized on the screen and how Disney chooses to position them at year’s end, that trophies aren’t part of the equation. Revenue and firmly rooted brand appeal drive the machine, and even when a filmmaker like Rian Johnson
steps in with the first truly fresh writer-director vision of the series since George Lucas
breathed life into it 40 years ago, there just seems to be a ceiling on how galvanizing the material can truly be outside the established fandom.
That’s not to say what Johnson has created is otherwise disposable. Quite the opposite. Albeit overstuffed and built on a script that spins its wheels a bit while trying to reconcile everything being thrown