Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order. – Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Before delving into my review I want to do you a favor. If you were planning on seeing The Last Jedi which I assume you are if you’re reading a review for it. Don’t read or watch any reviews about it, just go see it. Who cares what I or a bunch other random people on the internet have to say. The Last Jedi is a film best seen if you know as little as possible. So why make your viewing experience lesser by reading what I or anyone else has to say.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi was written and directed by Rian Johnson. This is the 8th film in the Skywalker saga and it builds upon George Lucas’s trilogies and what J.J. Abrams did before. The Force Awakens ended on a cliffhanger and The Last Jedi picks up moments after.
As with all my reviews this will be 100% spoiler free.
Rian Johnson is an excellent director, his vision absolutely belongs in a galaxy far far way. You can tell that Lucasfilm really let him do what he wanted to here. The Last Jedi is something fresh and new it is not a retread of a previous film in the franchise like The Force Awakens was. The action was some of the best action I’ve seen in a Star Wars film. Without spoiling anything a few action set pieces come to mind. The opening scene, a light saber duel and a “hail mary.” The last scene I’m talking about in particular was incredible. I’ve never seen anything quite like it in any Star Wars films, it absolutely took my breath away. The theater went silent, you’ll know it when you see it. This film is full of so many poster/ computer wallpaper worthy shots. The film was visually stunning. It makes totally sense why Disney would want to give Rian Johnson his own trilogy.
The Last Jedi brings back most of the newcomers from The Force Awakens and fan favorites from the original trilogy like Leia, Luke, Chewie, C3PO and R2-D2. Poe Dameron, Finn, Rey and Kylo Ren continue to shine. Poe shows us that he is so much more than a hot shot pilot. Finn really gets a moment to become a true hero instead of a reluctant hero. Rey is oh so worthy of the force and continues to be an interesting character. As much as I hate to say this Kylo Ren is my favorite character in this movie. He is such a broken and conflicted character, his motives are all out of wack and I don’t think he knows what he is doing. Ren is a whiny little kid but that somehow makes him a great villain. Adam Driver is amazing as Kylo he makes it so hard to hate him. And let’s not forget BB-8, I love that little guy, he is a hero in and out.
Princess Leia gets a proper send off. The Last Jedi is easily Carrie Fisher’s best performance. Mark Hamill is absolutely phenomenal in this film. Luke is so different from what we are used to but also very much the same. This film depicts what should be the definite Luke, he truly is a master of the force. Mark Hamill delivered his best performance ever.
Along with those familiar faces there were some new ones too. Benico Del Toro played DJ, a Han Sole-esque character. Rose Tico, a resistance fighter teamed up with Finn played by Kelly Marie Tran. And last but not least Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, a resistance officer. Del Toro was the stand out to me from the newcomers. He was such an interesting character who opens your eyes up to the larger galaxy. There were no bad performances in The Last Jedi. Oh yeah, by the way Porgs are pretty cool.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues to build on the foundation from the original films yet takes a bold step into a new direction. I can say with absolute certainty that The Last Jedi is better than The Force Awakens, where it ranks with other films, I am not certain yet. I really did love this movie and I can’t wait to see it again but I did have a few minor grievances. One particular character who I felt was built up previously had a rather unsatisfying and underwhelming arc. This film answers barely any questions left in the previous one and just makes more, which frustrated me a bit. I also found that there were a few scenes that just felt out of place, though a Reddit theory does fix one of them. As a whole this really is an excellent film and I wish I didn’t have to wait 2 years for the sequel.
I give Star Wars: The Last Jedi a 9.3 out of 10, would watch again and I plan to in theaters.
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