Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review:
Star Wars as a film franchise has been one of the worlds most impactful entertainment brands ever. Changing the way people look at the world, their place in it and giving viewers ideas of galaxies far far away.
This latest instalment: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, of what will be the eighth movie in the Star Wars franchise and the sequel to 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I believe is the best Star Wars movie since Empire Strikes Back. (Star Wars Episode 5 for you noobs).
You should watch this movie!
Ok, I’m done, leave.
Everything You Thought You Knew was Wrong!
You have no idea how difficult it has been to try and write this review without spoiling anything for you.
What I can say that all the speculation from the nerd and geek community from around the world, was way off! About most of the plot.
Which in itself adds to the shock, surprise and awe I felt watching this movie.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi does so many things that The Force Awakens didn’t and should have and in a lot of ways, put to bed a lot of the poor points in Prequal Trilogy (Episodes 1 to 3). But the way the movie addresses its past criticisms is so subtle and so soft, it doesn’t make a big thing about it: “Hey guys, remember that stupid thing we did in Episode one, look, we’re fixing that now, look!”, nothing like that.
The Force Awakens, while loved by many, was criticised for its reliance heavily on A New Hope (The original Star Wars movie), and fans were concerned that The Last Jedi would follow a similar line as The Empire Strikes Back (Episode 5, still with me?), though while the movie does touch, ever so subtly on nostalgia from previous films, it never removes you from the film and the story you’re in, if anything it enhances your experience by immersing you deeper into the Star Wars universe.
The movie has immense, and what I would consider, far-reaching and arch shattering plot and character twists that made me want to jump off my seat and scream at the screen! (Which I can’t talk about, because you just need to watch it).
Mark Hamil and Carrie Fisher and Others:
When it comes to Mark Hamil’s character: Luke Skywalker, again, there were concerns about what he would look like and how he would exist in this new universe. I can confidently say that this was probably Mark Hamil’s best live performance and I think, based on what the character has gone through, the best Luke Skywalker I have ever seen.
Carrie Fisher, dear Carrie Fisher. While playing an essential role in the film as General Organa, I felt that there was a point in the movie to subtly remove the character Leia, though the directors took a different move, which makes the fact that Carrie Fisher has since passed from this world all the more painful. I feel that Leia would continue to have an important role in the Star Wars universe, though now, with Fisher’s passing, that continuity remains uncertain. It will be interesting to see how the writers develop this in the sequel.
The character development of Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) continue, keeping us rooting for the good guys and our new heroes evermore. With the introduction of new characters that I’m sure we’ll see more of in the next movie, I feel that the Star Wars franchise is healthy in characters and their development. (Seriously, I want to say so much more about Rose, but Spoilers).
There are many more interesting new characters in this movie that I want to talk about, but that is left for your viewing eyes.
Supreme Leader Snoke:
Nope, not saying a thing except I found Andy Serkis‘ performance gripping, powerful and refreshing for an evil overlord. In fact, without spoiling anything, he is my favourite character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Film and Cinematography of The Last Jedi:
While I know many don’t care about this kind of thing, I feel it was worth mentioning that Star Wars: The Last Jedi looks beautiful. Moving down to the minor and intimate scenes to the grand battles to the (This would have been a spoiler, but know, it took my breath away). The Last Jedi is a well made and good looking movie. That alone, makes it stand out among most Star Wars movies as being very bland: deserts and featureless space scenes.
The filmmakers have really made an effort to be creative and show us so much more of the universe that we’ve come to love. The Planet of Crait and location of the final battle is just beautiful and really creates a metaphorical contrast between the light and dark forces, the Resistance and The First Order and the red crystals scattered around the battlefield, a subtle reference to the blood spilled in the name of this war.
A war that has just begun.
Conclusion: Watch this Movie:
I loved this movie, and while I have a single (spoiler-filled gripe), I think it was the best Disney has created and one of my top three in Star Wars films.
Ladies and gentlemen and other life-forms.