Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars 8Director: Rian Johnson
Run Time: 2h 32m
MPAA: PG-13
Stars: 3.5

Is The Last Jedi severely flawed in more ways than one? Omg, yes!
Is The Last Jedi a really fun movie that you’ll watch again and again? Omg, yes!

The Last Jedi picks up right where we left off in The Force Awakens. Finn (John Boyega) wakes up from his coma, Leia (Carrie Fisher) is struggling to keep the Rebellion intact, Rey (Daisy Ridley) is with Luke (Mark Hamill), and Poe (Oscar Isaac) is still blowing sh*t up (physically and metaphorically). The First Order is gaining momentum under the direction of Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and his lackeys, General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). As both sides grow closer and closer to an unpredictable end, tensions in the ranks are stretched thin. All while Rey is battling with a manic-depressive Luke Skywalker. There is so much to be done and not enough time to do it. Our heroes will need a miracle — and the Force — to make it out the other side alive.

Prior to seeing this film, I had several people tell me “I don’t want to say too much. So just let me know what you think as soon as you see it.” At first I was incredibly confused how everyone arrived at the same conclusion. It was like there was a disclaimer at the end of the movie giving everyone the same line to feed to those who hadn’t made it to the theater yet. After seeing The Last Jedi, I get it. I, too, do not want to spoil any of the major plot points. However, I have a blog to write and while I promise not to give anything big away, we need to discuss some things. To limit myself to which beans I actually spill, giving little opportunity for context, I’ll adhere to a mostly bulleted list of discussion points.

THE GOOD

  • Sweet, powerful, determined Rey. And obviously Daisy Ridley herself. This woman is life goals incarnate.
  • BB-8. Because duh. #bestdroidever
  • I still hold true that Kylo Ren is a great villain. His humanity — and obvious Skywalker tantrum tendencies — makes him an unpredictable character. The depth I noticed in The Force Awakens is not quite what I first thought. But I can see his story shaping up for a fun surprise in Episode 9.
  • That shirtless scene was important. No, not for that reason. For a better reason. Pay attention to the reaction. It was a test. You learn something! It’s like playing Clue. [That one dude, without that one shirt, in that other place.]
  • Just want to shout out the annoying puffin penguins that refused to vacate the premises and thus gave us Porgs. Which also gave us a great Chewie-Porg exchange. Even if said exchange was most likely written after viewing a Chick-Fil-A commercial.
  • SPACE BATTLES GALORE!!! Does. Not. Disappoint.
  • If that thing about that one character turns out to be true… I’m actually 100% supportive and could talk about it for days.
  • Did you see the broomstick!? Did you SEE!?!
  • The cinematography gives some of the prettiest frames and bad*** backgrounds yet.
  • I may be in the minority here, but I really enjoyed the comedy. It was akin to the original goofy humor founded in the original trilogy. So please, stop hating.

THE BAD

  • We haven’t seen a group of rebels this stupid since Rogue One. Every plan they have is foiled. All but one of which are entirely their own fault.
  • Most infuriating is Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern). If she had just been all “Hey, this is the plan” from the get-go we could’ve saved A LOT of hassle, not to mention at least 40 minutes of run time. There was no need for things to go down the way they did.
  • Poe is lucky he’s handsome. Like soooo lucky. Because dammit, Poe!
  • Luke Skywalker somehow turned into the whiniest version of himself. Being [not exactly] alone on that “sacred” island for all these years has not served him well. I bet there’s a layer of hell where you’re stuck in a room listening to the Skywalkers have a Whine-Off. I previously thought Anakin would reign supreme against Luke or Ben, but after The Last Jedi I’m not so sure. At least Ben’s tantrums make sense to some degree. Something happens to set him off. Luke? He’s just bored.
  • There are way too many plot devices that are created simply for convenience. We spend an excessive amount of time on something that ends up being utterly pointless for one reason or another. Like “Hey, that would’ve been really helpful 30 screen minutes ago.”
  • Hello Benicio Del Toro. Please leave this Star Wars story. Thanks so much.

THE UGLY

  • I could’ve lived my whole damn life without ever having seen Luke Skywalker milk the testicular tit of a cliff hippo! What the actual f***? I did not need to know, let alone SEE, where that blue milk comes from. And I certainly did not need to see Luke drool that life nectar down his beard while looking menacingly at Rey. F*** you, Skywalker.

And there you have it. Everything and nothing at the same time. My work here is done.

Don’t expect J.J. Abrams-level genius from The Last Jedi and you’ll be fine. It’s quite enjoyable and just a lot of fun at so many points. Can’t wait to see what Abrams does with Episode 9!


Be sure to revisit The Force Awakens to remind yourself of all the things we’ve learned thus far, setting the stage for this continuation. Feel free to jump back to my thoughts on the matter as well.

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