Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Movie Review)

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, and Kelly Marie Tran. After the events of The Force Awakens many fans were left wondering and with more questions than answers after nearly 30 years of waiting for a sequel to Return Of The Jedi

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The film has a strong opening to any Star Wars film before it. Reminiscent of the opening to Revenge Of The Sith the action begins in the vastness of space. Immediately a tone is set for the rest of the film just from the nearly 10 minute opening of the battle between the First Order and the Resistance. It's in this opening that we are greeted with Poe Dameron, who again has the charming humor of one late Han Solo and we are reminded of his great prowess as a fighter pilot. Oscar Isaac as the cocky pilot reveals layers of the character that we as an audience can root for and also question as his character arc is more prominent in The Last Jedi. Isaac's acting is as good if not better than The Force Awakens. Adam Driver as Kylo Ren/Ben Solo continues to captivate audiences and in The Last Jedi he gives a quieter and more nuance performance. Driver's acting is centered on his eyes and looks he gives to characters and in moments of silence and loneliness. Mark Hamill returns as the legendary Luke Skywalker. Hamill delivers a powerful performance and introduces us to a new version of the character,  weathered and alone. His reasoning for abandoning the galaxy are personal and drive most of the main plot between the force users. 

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The story for The Last Jedi sets our heroes and villains in a race against time, time for the Resistance to escape the First Order and to return Luke to the fight and help defeat Snoke & Kylo Ren by any means. As mentioned before the start of the film is fast paced and filled with humor and then suddenly the tone shifts. Suspense starts to build and director Rian Johnson cleverly adds in these moments that make the theater go quiet and hold their breath. The score lends itself to many of these moments as the suspense builds throughout the film. Relationships between characters grow deeper and are also driven farther apart. Rian Johnson delivers a different kind of Star Wars film that leaves you experiencing a full film with no questions to answer and a sense of closure at the end.   

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Overall, Rian Johnson delivers a divisive film that diehard Star Wars fans will be split on. The story is not what is expected and veers from a conventional Star Wars film much like the prequels. John Williams score hits every perfect beat that enhances the movie watching experience. The acting across the board is much more cohesive with the exception of a few lines of dialogue from characters that at times feel very wooden. As the last film Carrie Fisher stars in, she would be glad to hear that Princess Leia's story and arc in this film are satisfactory. 

The Grade

B-

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