This week we have a very special guest post. My darling Gear has reviewed Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Now, we saw it on Thursday night and It was so fun. As much as I love Star Wars though, it is my husband’s heart and soul, so I felt it only fitting that he should be the one to review it.
So without further Ado, here is his review!
The Last Jedi Review
My lovely wife had come up to me on Wednesday saying “I’m going to have a guest writer for this week” and as I asked who a smirk crept upon her face as she gleefully said “You!”
That’s right folks! With the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mama Michine requested, nay, demanded that I write a review. A first time for everything, right?
So strap yourselves in as I try my very best to give a spoiler-free review.
First off, a little note on what Star Wars means to me to get an idea of how I view this movie. I Have enjoyed Star Wars since I was a small child, but only became an obsessed fan in the middle of high school. While I understand that the prequels are bad, I enjoy the hell out of them. I can understand where they go wrong and what they ruined. I watch and read almost all Star Wars side-media. The original trilogy is better than the prequels, perhaps because people weren’t afraid to tell George when something was a bad idea. Episode V (The Empire Strikes Back) is bigger and deeper than the original STAR WARS (Episode IV), however, Episode IV (A New Hope) is still the best film of them all. I enjoyed Episode VII (The Force Awakens) up until the halfway point when ‘Death Star 3.0’ came into play. Episode III (Attack of the Clones) is my personal favourite of all the Star Wars films.
Now, with all that out of the way, I went into The Last Jedi very excited. The Force Awakens had set a lot of questions up while sending the universe into a different, if not narratively similar, setting. I enjoyed the new cast a lot and was eager to see where they would go next, not to mention the excitement of finally seeing Luke Skywalker again after his …cameo? in The Force Awakens.
I loved this movie.
The Last Jedi picks up almost immediately where The Force Awakens left us. The resistance is outrunning the first order as Rey (Daisy Ridley) deals with Luke Skywalker. I was delighted to see that it actually worked! I was very worried that this would make them remove the opening crawl, or alter the format that Star Wars has used for 7 movies prior. But it was laid out in a way to give us that satisfying STAR WARS flash across the screen and opening crawl that lead right into the story.
My one major complaint with The Force Awakens was how much it had to borrow from the original Star Wars. It held back on any big changes, avoiding risks and playing it safe (understandably so, as it was the spark of this whole Disney reboot and had to be done right). The Last Jedi however, is brave. It is not afraid to play with your expectations, not afraid to show failure or defeat. This film did it in such a way that I felt nobody was safe and literally anything could happen. Mistakes are made. Characters have to deal with consequences. The Last Jedi feels like the least classically Star Wars film of them all, while still being a great Star Wars film.
There is fantastic acting across the board. Luke Skywalker stole the show for me. I love Mark Hamill in anything he does and it felt like he gave it his all. To not bring up Carrie Fisher would be a crime. I was happy to see her in The Force Awakens but it did kind of feel like pulling someone out of retirement for their obligatory lines. She truly shined in this one.My heart broke every time I saw her on screen knowing that this would be the last time she would appear. I’m very glad they kept everything she filmed for The Last Jedi in tact after her death, and I am curious how they will handle Leia in the next movie.
That’s not to say there wasn’t anything that didn’t work for me. A chunk of the humour they had was really good, while other bits felt incredibly out of place. Acting in a way that feels less like a galaxy far far away and more like a sitcom near you.
This movie was the longest Star Wars yet, and it showed. For the first half of the film they jump between so many characters and story points. There was a whole side story with Finn (John Boyega) and the new character Rose (Kelly Marie Tran). Rose was adorable, her and Finn made a great team, but their mission was tonally off from the rest of the film, almost as though it should have been for a different movie. I enjoyed the character Bellissimo Del Toro played but felt he was too underused to be added to such a large array of characters. A lot of these things really made the movie lag in the middle.
One personal gripe of mine with The Force Awakens was I felt none of the technology had advanced. They were using vehicles and wearing clothes very similar to the original trilogy for the sole purpose of nostalgia. Sadly, this movie continues that.
They really dropped the ball with some of the mysteries. A lot of lingering threads were cut in this film. and while a few were underwhelming, I felt they built up to a message to the Star Wars franchise as a whole that I really got behind. It’s time to move forward and let go of the past.
Star Wars is moving in a new direction, as it should. One reason I enjoy the prequels so much is because of how different they are from the original trilogy. If I wanted more of the same I would just re watch what worked. This movie is going to be very polarizing. I feel that fans who really liked The Force Awakens are going to have a hard time with a few things. And fans who felt underwhelmed are going to get a breath of fresh air. And for all those who didn’t care much for star wars and found themselves surprisingly liking Episode VII, I think this is a great sequel to jump into.
A big thanks to Gear for writing this weeks post. Do you have any thoughts on the newest movie? Do you agree or disagree with my husband’s review? Let us know in the comments!