Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

Posted in Movies, My Stuff on December 16th, 2017 by thelonegamer

This is not going to go the way you think…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi or Star Wars Episode VIII picks up right after the events of the previous film, The Force Awakens. As the opening crawl mentions, the evil First Order launches a brutal direct assault on The Resistance, intending to wipe them out once and for all. Meanwhile, Rey (Daisy Ridley) has found the legendary Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), intending to bring him back to help save the galaxy from the First Order.

Of course, soon after that, everything starts to hit the fan. I’ve read reviews that compare TLJ to The Empire Strikes Back, perhaps due to them being both the middle chapter of the trilogy, and both with the enemy closing in. Here however, the good guys- The Resistance, is pretty much pushed as far into the wall as can be. The Empire never got this close to fully exterminating the rebels, and that alone probably sets The Last Jedi apart from previous Star Wars films. This film is not afraid to kill off characters (something begun in TFA) and makes it a point to burn down assumptions and preconceived notions.

As Rey soon finds out, Luke Skywalker is neither willing nor perhaps able to be the all-saving savior or Messiah the galaxy needs. He’s much older, embittered and seemingly cut off (by his own hand) from the Force. Still, Rey needs a teacher and she presses him on to somehow learn answers to her questions about her powers, her past and her future. Answers that just may be found with someone else…

Meanwhile, Finn (John Boyega) finally wakes up from his coma and finds himself in the dying Resistance. More or less by luck, he eventually finds himself on a desperate mission to save the rebels alongside a spunky technician named Rose (Kelly Marie Tran). Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) finds himself at odds with the Resistance leadership. With the Resistance at the verge of annihilation and Supreme Leader Snoke pulling all the strings, is there hope for the future or will the spark of hope be lost forever?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the most different Star Wars film I’ve ever seen. It feels modern and groundbreaking, if only for the simple reason that it finally says and does things unheard of before- things assumed, established notions and sacred cows (THE JEDI). There are things lost and destroyed, both good and bad, but it all feels that the series is finally headed into uncharted regions- and it feels exciting.

A gorgeous film, The Last Jedi has great setpieces, the expected space and ground battles, lightsabers, Force mysteries and all you’d want. It also brings unexpected and pleasant surprises, some genuine satisfying moments and an optimistic new direction. This is a wonderful sci-fi epic and classic in the making that every fan of the series needs to see.