This review will be spoiler free for The Last Jedi, but if you haven’t seen episodes I-VII you are screwed.
When the movie poster above was released, holy shit I was excited for this movie. When the text scroll came up at the beginning of the movie, I started to get choked up. Star Wars is important to me, but I never really connected with the prequels. I’ve seen A New Hope more than any of them. What I love about this new trilogy is the fact that the main character is a strong, badass female. I think Rey is amazing and don’t give me that Mary-Sue bullshit. There were a lot of expectations going into this movie, and while I didn’t love it, I really enjoyed myself.
This movie had a completely different tone than The Force Awakens. I really liked The Force Awakens, I loved the characters it introduced like Rey, Finn, Poe, and my love BB-8.
It also brought back Leia and Han Solo and Luke for like five seconds. It was full of nostalgia and I think it was specifically made for those who loved Star Wars.
This movie didn’t dwell in the nostalgia. It moved the plot forward and there were a lot of important moments in this movie. There were a few times when I was unsure of what was going to happen next. Who was going to make it to episode IX and who wouldn’t. There is a sense of danger throughout the whole movie, but this is also a Star Wars movie and there were characters who I never felt were in danger. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it is what it is.
My main issue with The Last Jedi was how many different stories were being told at once. This movie was basically divided up between Rey and Luke, Kylo Ren and the First Order, The Resistance which includes Leia and Poe, then there’s another storyline with Finn and a girl named Rose. This was too much to follow. I understand that separating our main characters allows for different storylines and tones, but I felt like it was too much. I also felt like the movie was too long. All Star Wars movies are over two hours. That’s nothing new. But The Last Jedi was 2 hours and 35 minutes and honestly, it felt like three hours. I was starting to get fidgety.
What I really enjoyed about this movie was there was a lot of humor. I was laughing throughout the movie and even when things were getting tense or heavy, there was something funny going on. Some people might not like this, and even though I just complained about too many storylines, the moments of levity were much needed.
I need to talk about Carrie Fisher. I was heartbroken when I heard about her death and I was eager to see her role in The Last Jedi and what would happen to Leia. Let me tell you something, I love General Leia a lot more than Princess Leia. She’s always been strong-willed and I think she’s an excellent role model. I felt they did justice to Leia and Carrie Fisher and every time she was on screen I wanted to smile and cry. I even waited through the credits to see if there would be a dedication to her and…
I could probably go on and on, but here’s the thing: if you love Star Wars you have either already seen The Last Jedi or plan on it soon and if you don’t love/like Star Wars, you probably don’t give a shit.
It wasn’t perfect or as good as The Force Awakens, in my opinion, but there was a lot in this movie to enjoy and I am pleased with the movie Rian Johnson made.