It’s no secret that Disney’s first entry into the Star Wars legacy was far from my favorite entry in the storied franchise. It felt more like a remake that was more concerned with fan service than actually pushing the franchise forward into new, exciting directions. My expectations and excitement for what Disney could bring to the table were severely dampened (only slightly revitalized with the satisfyingly gritty Rogue One), and I went into The Last Jedi with a ‘let’s wait and see’ attitude. One thing I can say for sure after walking out of the theaters is that unlike with The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi plays things anything but safe, not afraid to take chances and make giant, franchise altering decisions. Now, whether all these changes were well executed or necessary is another question all together – and I’m sure die-hards will have some choice words about them.
In short, The Last Jedi felt like it was a film desperately trying to course correct The Force Awakens‘ lack of progress and in doing so drastically changes things, sometimes in seemingly spiteful and heartbreaking ways.
I found myself split about the movie as a whole. The visuals are spectacular and it feels very ‘Star Wars’, but I can’t say I’m completely happy with some of the major decisions made in its story. Luke Skywalker, the character fans have been foaming at the mouth for, is vastly different than we’ve ever seen him before and it’s quite jarring (and a bit disappointing). Finn is still highly underdeveloped and underwhelming and entire hanging plot lines from the first film are either never addressed entirely or brought to abrupt, dissatisfying conclusions. And we are still yet to have a single satisfying lightsaber battle. On the positives, Rey, Poe, and Kylo are vastly more interesting characters and develop in interesting ways, and Carrie Fisher kills it as always as Princess Leia, although their is one scene that will certainly have fanboys up in arms.
In short, The Last Jedi felt like it was a film desperately trying to course correct The Force Awakens‘ lack of progress and in doing so drastically changes things, sometimes in seemingly spiteful and heartbreaking ways. It’s the boldest Star Wars film yet and it represents the end of the Star Wars that we (the older generation) have come to know and love – in more ways than one. If this was the first entry in the new trilogy I would be much happier with the events that unfolded, and in fact excited about the possibilities it entails. Here’s to ‘waiting and seeing’ if they can close the trilogy out in satisfying fashion.
Luke Skywalker is completely broken and has essentially given up on the force and in turn the universe. This was wholly unexpected and he felt unnecessarily weak and feeble. It was even revealed that he even went so far as almost killing Kylo in cold blood when he was training him. This was a disappointing portrayal of Luke Skywalker, to say the least, that was only made up for in the slightest with his impressive display of force projection across the galaxy.
Then he died…he basically pulled an Obi-Wan and I’m sure he’ll return as a force ghost but still I was hoping to get so much more out of him
Speaking of force ghosts, Yoda reappears to Luke as one and it was one of my favorite moments from the film. They even used his old puppet form. It was dope.
Ever wondered how powerful Leia was with the force? Well, now we know. She literally pulled herself from the vacuum of space back into her ship. It was a sight to see, a bit over the top, but still spectacular nonetheless.
Snoke was one giant non-starter. Before we even got to know anything about him Kylo killed him off. This drastically changed Kylo’s arc, I think generally for the better, but it’s still a bummer we didn’t get to find out anything about Snoke.
We also found out Rey’s parents were nobodies, essentially shitting on everyone’s theories and hopes. I understand why he did it, to move away from the idea that the force was some legacy or birthright thing, but it was still a shitty end to one of the only actually interesting threads from The Force Awakens. This was the end of the Skywalker saga.
Finn is still woefully underdeveloped, Phasma was once again a waste of time, and we still don’t know what happened to the other students that left with Kylo.
That entire casino sequence was a giant waste of time and story and it really wasn’t all that enjoyable to watch.
Have you seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi? What’d you think about it? What’d you think about the bold choices director Rian Johnson made throughout the movie? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own rating and reaction for the film.
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