I generally disagreed with his assessment, but he did open my eyes to the concerns of those who grew up as children with the original trilogy without all the other media to go along with it. I understand his point of view and can’t say he’s wrong… but only if you agree with the idea that the franchise is best served by not meddling with people’s personal beliefs in what characters would or wouldn’t do after Return of the Jedi.
I respect that some people, maybe Matt is one of them, would have preferred that if they had to mine the Star Wars universe that they did so entirely seperately of the “Skywalker” saga… I also wouldn’t disagree with that being a creative direction to take. However I don’t agree that everything is ruined by fleshing them out and exploring what happens next. I get what he was saying about Rogue One, I agree completely with his worries about “The Kessel Run” and the Han Solo movie, but I don’t think that magic is lost by looking in on Luke 30 years or so after he made peace with his Father and brought down the Emperor with him.
I feel that if you’re the sort of person that doesn’t want the fantasy tarnished, then don’t watch films that risk that happening. I’d say this about people (for example) that love books and go to see the on screen adaptation. If you can’t take that your own mental construct of this literary world is going to be almost certainly destroyed to make for an “official” visual version then don’t ruin things for yourself.
People came to Force Awakens perhaps with a lot of ideas about what the original three should have done with their lives, I feel that largely they got placated by Han’s character who wasn’t unfamiliar even if he had clearly changed. People then went from that, loving or hating the homage it paid to New Hope, and further constructed their own idea of what The Last Jedi should be.
Those people should stop watching movies, to be frank and overly harsh. Movies are a one-way system and don’t care for your imagination (largely, some films break the mold, most don’t), so if you’re the sort of person who is going to get invested in trying to discerne the “correct” route forward between films ina series, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Worse, with Star Wars fans that do this, you’re bringing the rest of the fandom down with you.
Going back to Matt’s video, he infers or says that the movie doesn’t withstand the refrigerator test, and maybe this is a sign of how marmite the film is, but I feel the film only grows and improves the more you think about it. I came out of the film much less whelmed than I am about it now having had time to really digest it.
Matt’s spot on about Kylo Ren though, even if I feel he is an equal level of wrong about Finn.