A little bit of subject knowledge makes enjoying a thing more difficult

Here's a thing about writing more, doing editing, and learning about the craft of writing a bit (mostly through the podcast Writing Excuses [it's good, go listen guys]) — it's harder for me to turn my brain off and just enjoy a piece of media. I mean, I've never really been able to turn my brain off but it used to be easier for a piece of media (book, movie, TV show, whatever) to pull me in so I wasn't thinking about the structure, craft, or meta-stuff of the item. At least until after I finished reading or viewing. Then it's a lot of fun! It's how I'm a fan and how I incorporate ideas. But now I've got more tools to analyze with and I'm doing more analysis while consuming the media.

Which is all a very long lead-in to: Star Wars: The Last Jedi has one too many try-fail cycles in it. Try-fail cycles being a writing term for plot structure I've picked up from Writing Excuses. It makes the middle a bit saggy and draws the whole story out too long. The thing is, I can recognize that but haven't figured out what I'd have cut in order to tighten up the pacing — everything in there contributed to characterization, even as the plot got a little overcomplicated. 

I really liked The Last Jedi though — about an 8 out of 10 on my personal metric. I love that the film continued with showing the First Order as predominantly entitled, white men (in positions of power, there's quite a few white women in the First Order), the good guys were women, people of color, and women of color who listen to each other and work together. I love that the message about mentors is not they need to be perfect — they need to teach their mistakes too. Everything is feeling like the more grown-up, nuanced version of good vs. evil of the first trilogy. And I love it.