A great, risky, beautiful Star Wars film with some massive flaws. The Last Jedi features some of the series strongest moments, but will likely divide older fans.
Directed by Rian Johnson
Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.
The Last Jedi is perhaps the most unpredictable Star Wars film i have seen since, ever. For some, that will be an amazing treat to behold, and for others, a letdown of expectations. The film stays true to its tagline. “This is not going to go the way you think”. Personally, i loved MOST of it, but there are some massive flaws that has to be addressed (spoiler free of course)
But first, boy oh boy did Rian Johnson direct the crap out of this one. This is easily the best looking film in the series, and the most art house. If you were dissapointed with the plot retreads of The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi almost goes out of its way to not repeat any Original Trilogy moments. It still feels like a Star Wars film, but Rian Johnson definitely adds his unique voice to the mix, which is refreshing after so many rehashed genre films from Disney as of late. Rey, Kylo Ren and Luke are the main focus of the film, and develops all 3 of them in unexpected ways. Mark Hamill gives what is easily his best performance as the world weary Luke Skywalker, and Adam Driver solidifies Kylo Ren as a fascinating villain. And the action sequences? Bloody magnificent. There is a scale and scope to the way Johnson directs the action that is both beautiful and dangerous. He uses silence in particular to breathtaking effect. You WILL KNOW IT when you see it. The stakes feel immediately higher here, and the final act is just a glorious spectacle. But then there are the flaws..
The additional side characters. Jesus Christ the film was already overstuffed with characters, but the problem is made worse when some of them are delegated to their own separate story lines. The much hyped Rose, played by Kelly Marie Tran, just did not work for me. Like the other new characters which i wont spoil, she is overacted to such a quirky degree that it takes you completely out of the film. Its sadly a major part of the film that feels forced, and unfortunately it takes up a bulk of the first and second acts. It doesn’t help that all of her sequences end up feeling so perfunctory by the end of the film, since the Luke, Rey and Kylo storyline is so much richer and organic. In comparison, her inclusion really just feels like pandering to the SJW’s.
In the end, i had a blast with The Last Jedi. Sure, annoying new characters aside and some pacing issues, i loved the fact that for the first time this feels like a brand new path in the Star Wars universe. One that isnt held back by the past. And when the film works, its terrific fun, and surprisingly emotional. Rian Johnson’s direction is strong enough that even the lesser story-lines are bearable. Manage your expectations, and i think you’ll have a great time.