STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI- MOVIE REVIEW* SPOILERS

WARNING: THIS IS MY PERSONAL OPINION AND NOT MEANT TO OFFEND ANYONE IN ANYWAY. 

I REALLY, REALLY, HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO PUT MY THOUGHTS FOR THIS MOVIE IN WORDS. I THOUGHT THE MOVIE WAS OKAY, NOWHERE NEAR THE QUALITY OF SEVERAL OTHER STAR WARS FILMS, BUT OKAY. HOWEVER, THE LAST JEDI HAS RECIEVED CRITICAL BACKLASH AND HAS BEEN THE MOST DIVISIVE MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN. WITH CRITICS APPLAUDING IT, AND FANS LOVING AND HATING IT, SOME EVEN WANT IT STRIPPED FROM CANON AND REMADE, I AM NONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. I HAVE A WEIRD ANGLE TO THE ARGUMENT, WHERE I LIKED IT, BUT ALSO HATED IT, SINCE I AM FINDING IT REALLY HARD DESCRIBE MY THOUGHTS, THIS WILL BE DIFFERENT FROM ANY OF MY PREVIOUS REVIEWS, THIS IS MY HONEST OPINION, THIS IS MY REVIEW OF STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

SO, I’LL START THIS REVIEW WITH SOME PROS AND CONS. HERE ARE THE PROS.

PROS:

  • ADAM DRIVER’S PERFORMANCE
  • CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT UNLIKE SEEN IN ANY OTHER OF THE MOVIES
  • PORGS
  • FINN + ROSE
  • POE DAMERON… COOLER THAN COOL
  • GENERAL HUX’S HUMILIATION AND MOCKERY (HUX WITH A H?)
  • LEIA’S BIGGER ROLE
  • CARRIE FISHER HONORED
  • HUMOR
  • THE MOVIE’S UNPREDICTABLE NATURE
  • THE BATTLES
  • THE RED ROOM SCENE
  • YODA
  • THE KID AT THE END
  • THE CRAIT BATTLE
  • PRAETORIAN GUARDS
  • MARK HAMILL’S TWO ROLES (TWO!)

I COULD GO ON ABOUT HOW GOOD THE MOVIE IS…

BUT I COULD ALSO GO ON ABOUT HOW BAD IT IS…

CONS: 

  • REY SUCKED IN THIS MOVIE
  • REY’S PARENTS BEING NOBODIES
  • PORGS
  • KILL THE PAST
  • THE TREATMENT OF LUKE SKYWALKER
  • BAD JOKES
  • EVERYTHING ABOUT, ON, AND IN CANTO BIGHT
  • GENERAL HUX
  • SNOKE’S DEATH (AS COOL AS IT WAS)
  • THAT ONE LEIA MARY POPPINS SCENE…
  • ADMIRAL HOLDO
  • CAPTAIN PHASMA
  • EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER THAT WAS ADVERTISED AND SAID WOULD BE CRUCIAL, BUT WERE IN THE MOVIE FOR FIVE SECONDS
  • THE CONTINUITY ERRORS (HOW DID NO ONE NOTICE THAT POE’S NOW A COMMANDER?… AND THE MOVIE PICKS UP IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE FORCE AWAKENS?)
  • BAD PACING
  • RIAN VS. JJ

I COULD GO ON…

I’LL GO OVER THESE PROS AND CONS, AS TALKING POINTS FOR MY REVIEW.

POINT 1: KYLO REN IS THE BEST CHARACTER OF THE WHOLE MOVIE

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SOURCE: GIPHY (GOOGLE IMAGES)

KYLO REN IS THE BEST CHARACTER OF THE WHOLE MOVIE. THAT’S A BOLD STATEMENT TO MAKE, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE FORCE AWAKENS MADE MOST FANS REMEMBER HIM BY BEING A WHINY VADER-WANNABE, OR HAN’S KILLER, BUT THIS MOVIE DOES HIM JUSTICE. THE LAST JEDI GETS INTO HIS HEAD, SHOWS HIS CONFLICT, MAKES HIM DO THE UNPREDICTABLE.

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KYLO REN SMASHES HIS HELMET     (SOURCE: GOOGLE IMAGES)

THERE WERE POINTS I WAS LIKE “IS HE GOING TO BECOME GOOD?” “IS HE GOING TO GO FULL ANTI-FIRST ORDER AND RESISTANCE?” “WILL HE KILL SNOKE?” “IS HE REALLY REY’S EQUAL?” “IS HE TRULY EVIL?”, HIS UNPREDICTABILITY WAS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THIS MOVIE. HIS HATE FOR LUKE DROVE HIM, MAKING HIM A GREAT CHARACTER. HIS LUST FOR POWER MADE HIM THE EASY CANDIDATE OVER HUX FOR THE SUPREME LEADER JOB. HIS STORY ARC IS SO CRAZY, WITH SO MANY PATHS INTERTWINING, AND MANY TWISTS AND TURNS, RIAN JOHNSON ACTUALLY HANDLED HIM BETTER THAN ABRAMS DID. (THE SAME THING, HOWEVER CAN’T BE SAID ABOUT THE REST OF STAR WARS THOUGH!) I COULD ON (AGAIN), BUT HE IS, BY FAR THE BEST CHARACTER IN THE MOVIE, WITH LEIA AND POE BEHIND.

THIS ACTUALLY LEADS ME TO MY SECOND POINT.

POINT 2: THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WAS GREAT. 

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SOURCE: GIPHY (GOOGLE IMAGES)

I ACTUALLY THINK, DESPITE THE CONCERNS ABOUT REY AND LUKE, THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WAS ON POINT, LIKE KYLO REN, AS MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY, HAD THE BIGGEST ARC IN THE MOVIE, AND ASIDE FROM HIM, LEIA WAS GREAT. EVERYONE HAS ALWAYS KNOWN LEIA HAS THE FORCE, AND WE HADN’T REALLY DISCOVERED TO WHAT EXTENT UNTIL NOW.

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REY IGNITES HER LIGHTSABER FOR THE FIRST TIME.         SOURCE: GOOGLE IMAGES

HER LEADERSHIP SHOULDN’T BE QUESTIONED, AS NOTED BY POE. FINN ALSO HAD SOME BIG ARCS TOO, DESPITE HOW BAD CANTO BIGHT WAS, HE REALLY GREW AS A CHARACTER AND PRETTY MUCH CONFIRMED HIS ROLE IN THIS TRILOGY, EVEN THOUGH HE’LL NEVER BE AS BIG AS WE THOUGHT HE’D BE AFTER TFA. ROSE WAS ALSO GREAT, WITH BOYEGA AND TRAN’S CHEMISTRY BEING ON POINT, AND HELPED BOOST EACH OTHER’S OVERALL ARC, (I NEVER SAW FINN AND REY HAPPENING). HOWEVER THERE WERE SOME BAD DEVELOPMENTS AS WELL…

POINT 3: LUKE’S TREATMENT

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SOURCE: GOOGLE IMAGES

ME, AND MOST FANS AGREE THAT LUKE WAS MESSED UP IN THIS MOVIE. (EVEN MARK HAMILL AGREES). LUKE WAS PORTRAYED AS A GRUMPY HERMIT WHO WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING AND CAME TO ANCH-TO TO DIE. WHAT??? #NOT MY LUKE. AND NOT ONLY THAT, BUT KILLING HIM! THAT’S JUST TOO FAR. AT LEAST HIS FINAL BATTLE WAS COOL. MAYBE THAT’S WHY HE’S ALSO THE GAMBLER INSERTING COINS INTO BB-8… 

POINT 4: THE COOLNESS OF POE DAMERON

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SOURCE: GOOGLE IMAGES

POE DAMERON IS HANDS DOWN, THE COOLEST OF ALL THE STAR WARS CHARACTERS. HE’S GOT A HAN SOLO VIBE, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, JUST SOMETHING’S DIFFERENT… HE’S A GOOD GUY BUT A REBEL. HE ALWAYS WANTS TO FLY. BUT JUST ONE THING… WHAT THE HECK DID RIAN JOHNSON DO TO HIM??? I MEAN COME ON, MAKING HIM PUNISHED AND FORCED TO TIMEOUT LIKE A 6 YEAR OLD? COME ON… JUST THE WHOLE CONSEQUENTIAL THING IN THIS MOVIE, THIS ISN’T A PBS KIDS SHOW, HE’S THE COOL GUY WHO GETS AWAY WITH ANYTHING… COME ON!

POINT 5: CUT CHARACTERS

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SOURCE: GIPHY

THIS ONE IS AN OBVIOUS ONE… HOW LONG IS CAPTAIN PHASMA IN THIS MOVIE? 2 MINUTES… HOW LONG IS THE EXECUTIONER STORMTROOPERS IN HERE FOR? 2 SECONDS… WHAT ABOUT MAZ KANATA? 2 HOLOGRAPHIC SECONDS, I MEAN SERIOUSLY? YOU MARKET THE STORMTROOPERS LIKE CRAZY, AND SAY THAT BOTH PHASMA AND MAZ HAVE MAJOR ROLES IN THE MOVIE, AND YOU DO WHAT???? KILL PHASMA, ALONG WITH SNOKE, TWO OF THE THREE MAJOR VILLAINS IN THIS TRILOGY, AND MAZ… SHE REALLY DIDN’T MAKE ANY SENSE.

POINT 6: CANTO BIGHT WAS HORRIBLE

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SOURCE: GOOGLE IMAGES

I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT WAS, BUT CANTO BIGHT WAS ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE. IN ONE OF THE MOST BORING SUB-PLOTS EVER, FINN AND ROSE GO TO CANTO BIGHT TO MEET THE MASTER CODEBREAKER, A GAMBLER WHO ALWAYS WINS. HOWEVER, THAT’S WHEN THEY RUN INTO FATHIERS… THE STAR-WARS EQUIVALENT OF A HORSE.

FATHIERS (SOURCE: GOOGLE IMAGES)

FATHIERS ARE FORCED TO RACE AGAINST THEIR WILL, AND THE WHOLE SCENE WITH ROSE AND FINN AND THE FATHIERS HAD HORRIBLE CGI, AND THE IN THE BACKGROUND WAS THE ONE THING THAT WOULD HAVE MADE THIS MOVIE BETTER… PODRACERS. YES, PODRACERS WERE IN THE BACKGROUND. HOW AWESOME WOULD IT BE IF THEY WERE IN A PODRACER CHASE INSTEAD?

POINT 7: I’M MARY POPPINS, Y’ALL!

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SOURCE: GOOGLE IMAGES

POINT 8: THE BATTLES ARE EPIC!

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SOURCE: GOOGLE IMAGES

ALL PROBLEMS ASIDE… THE BATTLES ARE EPIC!

THE MOVIE EVEN OPENED IN A SPACE BATTLE!\

I MEAN ALL THE BATTLES WERE GOOD. ESPECIALLY THE FINAL BATTLE ON CRAIT. \

WITH THE RED SALT FLYING EVERYWHERE AND THE EXPLOSIONS… AND THEN THE HOLOGRAM LUKE! 

I DID, HOWEVER, THINK IT DIDN’T REALLY MAKE SENSE HOW PAIGE TICO’S BOMBER WAS HAVING THE HARDEST TIME BOMBING. THAT WAS WEIRD…

I ACTUALLY DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT TO SAY ASIDE FROM THAT.

POINT 9: ABRAMS V JOHNSON: BATTLE OF THE FORCE

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THE WORST THING ABOUT THIS MOVIE IS THE PLOT CONFLICTS. IT SEEMED LIKE EVERYTHING J.J. ABRAMS SET UP, RIAN JOHNSON DECIDED TO GO LIKE “WHO WANTS THAT? I’M MAKING MY OWN MOVIE!” AND I FEEL LIKE RIAN JUST WANTED TO MAKE HIS OWN THING WHEN HE CAN’T BECAUSE IT’S AN EXISTING FRANCHISE AND HE’S NOT DIRECTING THE LAST ONE, ABRAMS IS. JOHNSON SAID IN AN INTERVIEW BOUT HOW HE COULDN’T SEE WHERE J.J. WAS GOING WITH THE SERIES AND WANTED TO DO HIS OWN THING… FIRST OFF… ABRAMS WORKED WITH YOU ON THE MOVIE! HE COULD HAVE TOLD YOU!

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SO THAT’S WHY LUKE TOSSED ANAKIN’S LIGHTSABER!

AND THEN HIS REASONING FOR LUKE’S DEATH “I JUST COULDN’T SEE ANYMORE STORYLINES FOR HIM ALIVE.” IS SO DUMB BECAUSE IT’S A:) NOT HIS PROBLEM TO DEAL WITH AND 2:) HE’S NOT MAKING THE NEXT MOVIE, AND C:) ABRAMS HAD A VISION! HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO SAY THAT. YOU WOULD’VE THOUGHT HE’D SEEN WHERE ABRAMS WANTED TO GO LIKE EVERYONE ELSE DID, YOU’D THINK LUCASFILM WOULD HAVE SOME SORT OF SENSE OF DIRECTION, BUT NO… THIS IS THE MOST POINTLESS BATTLE IN CINEMA HISTORY. I’M SORRY, BUT RIAN JOHNSON RUINED STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

POINT 10: KILL THE PAST

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LUKE LOOKS ON AT THE TWIN SUNS, SYMBOLIZING THAT HIS TIME IS UP. SOURCE: GOOGLE IMAGES

I FEEL LIKE THE POINT OF THIS MOVIE WAS TO KILL THE PAST. RIAN JOHNSON WANTED TO MAKE HIS OWN MOVIE. THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH THAT, HOWEVER, WAS THAT IT’S AN EXISTING FRANCHISE. I ALSO FEEL LIKE YES, TO SOME DEGREE, KILL THE PAST, BUT IT TAKES IT TOO FAR. IT’S A GOOD MOVIE, BUT NOT GREAT. A PRIME EXAMPLE OF KILLING THE PAST IS THE DEATH OF LUKE SKYWALKER. WHEN HE DIED, THE TWINS SUNS SET, MEANING THAT HIS TIME IS UP AND THAT REY HAS ALL SHE NEEDS (WITH SOME HELP FROM YODA OF COURSE), AND I CAME INTO THE MOVIE NOT THINKING LUKE WOULD DIE. AND HE DIED. JOHNSON DEFIED ALL EXPECTATIONS. BUT I THINK THAT’S THE POINT, TO BREAK THE MOLD, TO GET RID OF THE PAST AND COME IN WITH THE NEW. I PERSONALLY AM UPSET WITH THE MOVIE’S HANDLING OF THE CHARACTER, BUT I THINK IT’S FOR THE BETTER. THE LAST JEDI ISN’T PERFECT, BUT YET AGAIN… WHAT IS?

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