‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Good but not out of this world (Review)


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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the newest movie in the trilogy. The release of this movie was highly anticipated.

WARNING: spoilers ahead

The latest addition to the Star Wars franchise may actually leave you laughing more than on the edge of your seat.

Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi is the second movie in the new sequel trilogy. The highly anticipated film was released on December 15, 2017.

Continuing from the previous episode, Rey seeks out training from Luke Skywalker who is hidden on an island. Meanwhile, the rebels try to escape the First Order.

The movie was unnecessarily long, being well over 2 hours in length. Finn, a stormtrooper that deserted the First Order to join the Rebellion, awakens from a coma attempting to desert the Rebels. An engineer named Rose stops him and they go on a mission assigned by the recently demoted Poe.

The Finn and Rose random mission that lasted 30 minutes and amounted to nothing could have been entirely cut out the movie. Instead, Finn could have stayed in the coma for the entire movie.

Snoke could have been fleshed out with some backstory, but I think his death was fitting for making Kylo Ren the big bad guy in the next movie.

I also see Luke Skywalker’s death being completely pointless. Luke is painted as a dynamic character but from the beginning of A New Hope and The Last Jedi he only intervenes when he is angry. His death lacked feeling behind it because he could have stopped Kylo without force projecting his life away; however, Luke executing the most impressive force projection the series has seen so far was interesting.

Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) had an excellent performance that portrayed the inner turmoil of his character yet Daisy Ridley’s (Rey) performance seemed plain and boring during this movie. Maybe it was more of the writing than her performance because she had no focus. The only emotion she showed in the whole movie was crying about her dead parents.

However, the attention to detail was amazing. Having the salt turn red when stepped on gave the audience a hidden clue that Luke’s presence on the battlefield was actually a force projection. Viewers that pay attention to detail picked up on this subtle moment and it was very visually appealing.

This new movie is worth watching in theaters and I will be purchasing when it is released on DVD. Overall, I rate it a 9/10.