yeah, I did get them mixed up. Fixed.
I actually had a huge problem with the payoff of the romantic subplot at the end… I can say, but that involves spoilers…. so some line breaks.
There, that should do it.
So I don’t mind if there is no romance in the movie at all. It wasn’t really a romance movie. It didn’t have to be. But they made the clear and intentional choice to add romantic/sexual tension between the two leads. If you’re going to do that, then the payoff at the end of holding hands as the world ends is lame. It just is…
Realistically, if I were one of those people… gruff, devil, may care, anti-heroes… And I saw the great wave of death coming slowly towards me with no hope for survival, then I’m going to say “oh, well, this is it… oh well, we better fuck now… there are worse ways to go out than fucking on a beach as the world ends” and I feel like REALISTICALLY both of them would be into it.
Obviously that won’t happen in a disney star wars movie.
BUT, there could have at least been a kiss for the romantic payoff. That would have given them a nice heteronormative pseudo happy ending (in its sadness). It would have redeemed them as “having heart underneath the gruff antiheroness” and while stock Hollywood BS would have worked.
As it was, instead you got this… stoic platonic thing… which would be fine for different characters, but not what they were working towards in this movie.