Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

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Two years ago I walked out of The Force Awakens eagerly awaiting the next entry in this newly established trilogy.  Fast forward two years and here we are in 2017 and I’ve walked out of The Last Jedi and I have the same feeling.  Do we really have to wait another two years?

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I think one of the few issues with The Force Awakens was its similarity to A New Hope, and I know that a lot of people feared that this film would bear some resemblance to The Empire Strikes Back.  This isn’t true in the slightest.  I think my favorite part of The Last Jedi is how unique it is.  There isn’t another Star Wars film like TLJ. It is not afraid to take risks and surprise its audience.

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I do have some quarrels with this film.  I found the first half a bit clunky, not much really happens and you feel like it’s building to something.  With about an hour left the film really kicks into gear, and that’s when I had the most fun.  I don’t think the first half was unwarranted, this setup was necessary to bring the film to the roaring conclusion it comes to.  I also felt that Benicio Del Toro’s character was a bit pointless.  Everything from finding him to the the end of his arc was pretty unnecessary for me.  Captain Phasma is doing nothing again, and I really wish they would not market her like she is the big time contributor when she has done nothing for two movies now.

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The Last Jedi is easily the most beautifully shot Star Wars film.  Director Rian Johnson really has an eye for great imagery.  You can tell how much he loves he has for the franchise by the amount of care he puts into each shot.  There is an absolute money shot in this film and when you see it you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.  I do also love the directions in which he chooses to take the characters.  This film is about passing the torch and I think that is something that is necessary in a franchise that is trying to establish new heroes.  There is one scene that is one of the best in the history of the franchise and is worth your price of admission alone.

2j1LCl9 An issue that I have with the most recent Star Wars films is that with each rewatch I seem to not enjoy them as much as before.  With The Last Jedi however, there is so much to take in that I feel I will get even more enjoyment when I revisit it.  This is a movie that I feel you need to watch multiple times because there is too much to digest initially.  Especially if you’re a die hard fan, you really need to see this one twice.

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I have more to say about The Last Jedi, but I’m not quite sure on what it is yet.  There is a lot to take in with this one.  If you’re a big Star Wars fan you will no doubt have a lot of fun with The Last Jedi.  With this movie it is clear that Lucasfilm isn’t afraid to take risks and do some surprising things.  It manages to stay loyal to what makes the original trilogy great, but more so is very unique and does some things that are different from anything we’ve seen in a Star Wars movie before.

I will grade this after I watch it a second time I feel it’s unfair to do so now.

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