Can we talk about porgs for a second? Those penguin-ish birds that inhabit the cliffs of the Ahch-To waterfront. I hated them the second they appeared on the screen of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
They were dumb. They defied the laws of avian physics with their tiny little wings. I hated that in a universe populated by sentient slugs, floating rocks and interstellar hyperdrives, it took poultry to break my suspension of belief. I hated that they served no real purpose in the story except for to sell more toys after the credits rolled.
My little boy loved them. And that’s when I had to accept the fact that the latest trilogy of the franchise wasn’t made for me. These are his generation of characters in this ever-expanding universe. There’s still plenty of nods to my generation of fans. Director Rian Johnson did a great job of tugging on the nostalgia with close-quarter dogfights between the Millennium Falcon and swarms of Tie Fighters, or Luke’s last stand with a lightsaber, but this space opera belongs to him now.
And I think that’s wonderful. Me, the grown man who kept a Storm Trooper action figure on his newsroom desk for the last decade, was snuggled up watching the latest installment of the series with his son, clutching his giant Porg plush toy. Star Wars is for both of us now.
Of course, I will always remember my generation of movies as the best, despite their own silly plot holes and gratuitous characters made for marketing purposes. I mean, seriously, how did the Ewoks become such master rope makers with those tiny little hands? Someday, hopefully, he’ll get to watch Episode 15 with his own kid and he’ll have to explain why porgs weren’t dumb.
But right now, Rey and Finn and Poe are his heroes. Theirs are the stories that will make up the mythos that the kid in him will always believe in. These chapters are for him.
At least until Solo: A Star Wars Story comes out. That one’s for me.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi—the next action-packed chapter of the Star Wars saga— Earned critical acclaim and the No. 1 spot atop 2017’s list of highest-grossing films. The visually stunning film welcomes the return of original characters, including Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Yoda, R2-D2 and C-3PO and further explores the deepening journey of the saga’s new members, Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren. Now families can bring home the movie digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and via Movies Anywhere on March 13, two weeks before the 4K Ultra HD™ Blu-ray, and Blu-ray™ disc on March 27. This release also marks Disney’s first title available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in both Dolby Vision™ HDR and Dolby Atmos® immersive audio, delivering consumers a transformative viewing experience.
Director Rian Johnson takes fans on an intimate journey into the creation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in a feature-length documentary, explaining his unique interpretation of the Force, detailing the painstaking process of creating Snoke, and deconstructing action-packed scenes from the film such as the epic space battle and the final confrontation. Johnson also reveals two exclusive scenes, featuring Andy Serkis as Snoke prior to his digital makeover, as well as 14 never-before-seen deleted scenes, in addition to his audio commentary.
Bonus features include*:
- The Director and the Jedi – Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie—and experience what it’s like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.
- Balance of the Force – Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way.
- Scene Breakdowns
- Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle – Get a close-up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that help propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life.
- Snoke and Mirrors – Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie’s malevolent master villain.
- Showdown on Crait – Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie’s final confrontation, including the interplay between real-word locations and visual effects, reimagining the walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.
- Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis’ riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.
- Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
- Audio Commentary – View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.