Movie Review – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The world’s most popular space opera returns with Episode VIII, The Last Jedi. Does it live up to expectations? Yes it does!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Synopsis

Rey locates Luke Skywalker and succeeds in persuading him to train her, after which Luke reveals his conviction that it is time for the Jedi Order to end. Meanwhile, the remnants of the Resistance is hotly pursued by a First Order fleet, only hours away from complete annihilation as their fuel is depleted. In the face of desperation, Poe, Finn, and a newfound ally devise a plot to save the day. The plan, to secretly depart from the Resistance mothership in order to locate a master code-breaker. One who can disable the device used by the First Order to track the Resistance mothership.

Snappy Review

I begin this review by saying something sacrilegious. Sacrilegious for a Star Wars fan, that is.

The Force Awakens was many steps above the prequels. Sadly, it was ultimately weighed down by the compulsion/obsession to do fan service, to the extent it became dreary in the latter half. Believe me when I say I correctly guessed what was going to happen to Han Solo the moment he confronted Kylo Ren. By that point, TFA had become a drill. An insistent albeit snazzy drumroll of repeats of the best moment of the original trilogy.

A good number of Star Wars fans share my opinion. Well, at least in the online fan communities I visit. These opinions are obviously acknowledged by the team behind The Last Jedi, because while there is still plenty of fan service moments in this episode, counterbalancing them is a slew of unexpected developments and audacious plot twists, the totality of which effectively injects a whole new depth to the entire saga. Again, I make a sacrilegious statement by saying that beloved as it is, Star Wars has never been acclaimed for its character depth. Character types, yes, but depth? Even the saga’s most complex character i.e. Darth Vader is but a classic tormented dark knight, one who predictably chose family over power in the end. With The Last Jedi, the ambiguous nature of the Force and the burden of its dual nature are finally discussed in length. These discussions infuse the story with a lot of fresh poignancy. The space dogfights and lightsabre duals are still attractive, but this time round, they are the decorations to the story. It’s no longer the other way around.

I dare say this is the best episode in Star Wars to date. This is the ESB of the new trilogy. Possibly, the ESB of all nine episodes confirmed to date.

And as I’ve written in my visual summary, it is a befitting swansong for Carrie Fisher. Our princess’ final movie will go down in sci-fi history as one of the genre’s best.

 

Scribbling Geek

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* The geek is a lover of everything birthed by imagination. He constantly dreams about faraway lands and distant realms, and through writing, envisions himself as a product of these places.

 

 

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5 Responses to “Movie Review – Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

  • Bad Boy:

    I hope u r right ?

    After a long patience of about half a year finally I watch China highest gross movie Wolf Warrior 2 . Conclusion not really that nice. Somewhere in between wanted to fall asleep. However still much better than Transformers. Not to mention Jack Neo’s.

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  • Bapak:

    Sinkies (esp. the CB70) MUST review & watch “Our Time Will Come”.

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  • Bad Choice:

    Our time will come ?

    Eeeee… That s a. Boring show. Only for old timers or nostalgic fans.

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  • LIONS:

    in $in City,our LAST JEDI died with the passing of old guard leaders who were the ones with true wisdom and the courage and integrity to do what was right for SG N sgs.
    when the need arose to tell lky off,the OLD GUARDS did not fear getting shut up or losing their positions but they acted bravely like LIONS for the good of all sgs.

    these days,the OVERPAID N UNDER-PERFORMING *millister$* are too afraid of getting banished into oblivion and so they merely do as their wayward master orders?

    how to progress like that?

    maybe we shud try fire some missiles like kim jong un to show SIN CITY’S power?

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  • Different taste:

    Different people different taste.

    Like the Korea drama currently on U channel Goblin I don’t find it nice.

    Doctor romantic is nicer personally.

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