Magazine June 25, 2018, Issue

Meager Competence

Alden Ehrenreich and Joonas Suotamo in Solo: A Star Wars Story (LucasFilm Ltd.)

Sometimes you just have to stop watching. I figured that out after the first Hobbit movie. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was a peak moviegoing experience — a childhood classic brought to life more beautifully than anyone could reasonably expect. But after Part One it was clear that the Hobbit movies were going to be bloated and disastrous; why give them the power to retrospectively taint Jackson’s prior achievement? I didn’t; I just stopped watching, without a trace of regret.

But I haven’t ever managed that kind of self-discipline with Star Wars. The George Lucas prequels were terrible, a

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