Star Wars: The Last JediThere is so much hype about the latest Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi! We simply had to send our Star-Wars-Fan-Extraordinaire-Reviewer, Olivia, to check it out. May the force be with you as you read her review… 

I HAD A BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS.

One way or another, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is going to get your tunic in a twist. I am going to be completely honest with you: you are going to either love or hate this movie, and it physically pains me to say this, but it’s most likely the latter.

Here is everything you need to know: Snoke is revealed to be Darth Jar Jar, General Armitage Hux is actually the son of Mara Jade and Luke Skywalker, and all forces convene to fight over some crate filled with salt.

I’m sorry, couldn’t resist. Obviously, that is a load of bantha fodder, but since the shroud of secrecy surrounding this film must be maintained until December 15th, there are very few secrets I can share. What I can tell you is that this two-and-a-half-hour movie is jam-packed, though not necessarily with everything you are hoping for.

It is made abundantly clear that this new trilogy is all about “out with the old and in with the new.” We were introduced to a slew of new characters in The Force Awakens but not so many that the development of their personalities and backgrounds detracted from the storyline. The first installment was able to reach a balance that made audiences excited for the trilogy’s future. However, even more characters are sprinkled in to The Last Jedi and therein lies the major problem of the movie: they tried to include too much and, as a result, showed too little.

Several of the characters are treated as commodities and devices of motivation for the more prevalent roles. Therefore, when their stories come to an abrupt ending, the viewers are yanked out of the film feeling extremely unsatisfied. Worse still, is that several of these characters are given so much hype in the trailers and with merchandise that you expect so much more from their tale.

Not to mention that these characters take up screen time with their sub-plotlines only to have all of their strife be inconsequential to the overarching conflict. In turn, the more emotional scenes between our main protagonists and antagonists are cut short or are sliced up in a manner that prevents the audience from getting fully invested in the tension of their interactions.

Now, to be fair, these interactions are definitely much darker than Star Wars fans may be expecting and since this is intended to be a family film, it is understandable that some scenes are ended before they go a step too far. Nonetheless, they are cut off and switch to a less prevalent storyline with a primitive PowerPoint styled transition. It’s infuriating.

I will give credit where it’s due. The film is a visual masterpiece with impressive CGI (except for one scene near the beginning when the force is used in an utterly absurd manner), space battles to inspire a new generation, and colors that a Jakku scavenger can only see in her dreams. A Jakku scavenger who, while on the island of Ahch-To, finally gets to have a little humor mixed into her coarse life with the one and only Luke Skywalker a.k.a Mark freaking Hamill. Whose acting, by the way, is an absolute force to be reckoned with and truly takes his haunted persona to a whole new level.

The music too takes us back thirty years as it feels far more Star Wars-esque than the composition for The Force Awakens. It is incredibly reminiscent in some crucial sequences, making them feel all the more intense.

And, to sum it all up, we finally get our answers as to who Rey is and who the Last Jedi is/are.

Chiefly, this film is not a revamped Empire Strikes Back. It is its own creative story with a few nods and winks to the previous films as well as likely events in Episode IX. Yes, the film feels rushed, yet given the story he formed after removing about an hour of excess footage, it is palpable as to why Disney has entrusted director and writer Rian Johnson with creating another original Star Wars trilogy.

Eight out of ten for episode eight I wish to say, yes, but six out of ten it will be for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Maybe third time’s the charm, Disney? Maybe? Hopefully? We shall see. We shall see…

 

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