Edit: It’s really hard to make a non-spoiler review of this movie. I have a lot to say about this movie but for now this should do. After a 3 weeks, if I’m not lazy enough, Imma do the SPOILER review of The Last Jedi.
I’ve never been so hype for a Star Wars movie before, this new installation of the Star Wars movie made me reserve for a ticket, one thing I never done in my life before. I had to do it because I want to be one of the first to see it. Popping the cherry as they say. It was a pleasant experience and I’ll do it again the next time.
Now going back to the movie. A lot of movie reviews came after the press screening of the movie and initially all the reviews are praises, considering the movie the best installation among the Star Wars movie franchise. I was curious why they said it is, so I had to reserve two tickets for the movie.
After the long and arduous process of process of reserving a ticket, I finally got it and doubts came into my mind. Will it live up to the hype? Is it better than Empire Strikes Back or Rouge One? (These movies are the best Star Wars movies for me)
So, without further ado here’s my mini review of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.
A lot is going on as usual and it might confuse a lot of people watching Star Wars for the first time. It is suggested to first timers to watch the previous installation of the franchise to avoid being confused of the story and convoluted feel of the movie. As for the long-time fans of the series, the feel of the movie is somewhat like a combination of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi but in a much modern take and twists. The story is straight forward and there’s a lot of light and funny moments in the movie. One liners and wisecrack lines and space battle are still there. The force is also there and the other use of it is explored in the movie.
Good thing about this movie is the introduction of the new characters in the series. The movie did a great job introducing new characters like Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) and DJ (Benicio Del Toro) creating new dynamics to the existing characters of Star Wars.
Kylo Ren as usual with is conflicting/confused feeling towards his affinity to the both side of the force. His volcanic outbursts reach new levels in this time around, the trait of emotion volatility shared by the Skywalker lineage.
On the other hand, Rey and her continuous search for her past, strong connection to the force is also explored in the movie. Finn finally comes to after being comatosed in The Force Awakens and Poe being reckless as ever.
Luke goes hermit, reclusive and grumpy. The reason? You gotta watch the movie to learn why. Mark Hamill’s performance as Jedi Master Luke Skywalker is brilliant I hope he get an award for this.
General Leia Organa Solo, leader of the resistance is a sight to behold. Seeing Carrie Fisher’s final performance as Leia will make you board the feels train.
My thoughts about the movie
The feels is strong in this movie. Rian Johnson’s direction effectively make viewers go on an emotional rollercoaster while watching the movie. Nods from the past installation of Star Wars is evidently seen in the movie striking a somewhat balance to the story telling.
There are a lot of ups and down in the movie. The ups are the surprises. “This is not going to go the way you think!” – Luke Skywalker. Yes it will be an emotional rollercoaster for fans. The downside of this is that there are dragging moments in the movie which is very little you wont mind it at all.
The Star Wars series is clearly going on a different direction after this movie, closing doors to the old characters and opening doors to new characters of this epic space saga.
Rating : 8/10
PS: I really want to see them do the Star Wars Legends (formerly known as Extended Universe) in the future, but it’s very highly unlikely to happen.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now showing on cinemas