Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Review
The Last Jedi is the latest in the Star Wars saga and by far the best one yet. It brings in old faces as well as introducing new faces and has plenty of action sequences that are well choreographed with lots of super special effects and long. There are many scenes that are repetitious of the original ones and several subplots that are constantly being switched back and forth that keeps it moving along.
As with all Star Wars movies it starts out with a little introduction about the First Order vs. the resistance with spaceships on both sides facing each other and battling it out.
The late Carrie Fisher is now General Leia Organa leading the resistance. She is older now and at 66 years old looks older from the young Princess Leia we are all familiar with.
They are awaiting the return of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill who is also 66 now) to lead them only unbeknownst to them Luke is a hermit on his planet and wants nothing to do with the battle. Leia sends the young warrior Rey to find him and when she finally does find him he tells her “Its’ time for the Jedi to end.”
Meanwhile, Kylo Ren, son of Han Solo and Princess Leia has been seduced to the dark side by the Supreme Leader Snoke, a scarred pale, slimy figure and has been sent on a mission to kill Skywalker. Luke explains to Rey that he once trained Kylo, his nephew, to be a Jedi, but he betrayed him and went to the dark side. These bring back memories of Darth Vader and the emperor and Luke from the earlier Star Wars adventures.
Adam Driver who plays Kylo Ren was a petulant teen in the Force Awakens but here he has matured and grown into an all-out villain intent on becoming supreme leader himself. He is very sensual and sexy as well as being seductively evil. The battle between the Supreme Leader Snoke and his henchmen and Kylo and Rey is very intense and just when Kylo offers Rey to be his partner when you think he is becoming good once again he deceives you and you realize he only wants to be the Supreme Leader himself.
There is a really intense emotional battle in the end when Kylo confronts Luke face to face only to find Luke is a hologram of himself.
Kate Taylor of The Globe and Mail gave the film 2/4 stars, saying the film suffered from too many new additions and writing, “Nifty new animals, a maturing villain, a flagging heroine, muffled humour – as it seeks to uphold a giant cultural legacy, this unfolding trilogy struggles to maintain a balance that often seems just out of reach.” That is all true but I didn’t mind seeing the new creatures especially the crystal-like creatures and new characters that I’m sure will appear in the next installment. There is a humorous reference when Leia meets Luke for the first time in years she says to him, “The hair is different,” a reference to her famous side buns hairstyle in the earlier Star Wars pictures.
The film was announced after Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in October 2012The Last Jedi had its world premiere in Los Angeles on December 9, 2017, and was released in the United States on December 15, 2017. It has grossed over $843 million worldwide, making it the eighth highest-grossing film of 2017, and received largely positive reviews. Critics praised it for its plot, ensemble cast, action, effects, score and emotional weight; some considered it the best Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back. A sequel, provisionally titled Star Wars: Episode IX, is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019.
Prior to her death in December 2016, Carrie Fisher had been expected to appear in Episode IX. Though Fisher’s family granted the rights to use recent footage of her for Star Wars: Episode IX, she will not appear in the film. In January 2017, Lucasfilm stated that they had no plans to digitally generate footage of her.