Star Wars- The Last Jedi Non Spoiler Review
So today is the day a new Star Wars film is released. It was a good day but how was the movie!!?? Well I am here to tell you it was not that bad. In fact, The Last Jedi was pretty damn good but it had some flaws. Now before we begin, this will be a non spoiler review and I will do my best to keep it that way. The spoiler filled review will come next week. Here is a quick rundown of the plot, just to get you going and THEN we will jump into it:
Picking up immediately from where The Force Awakens left off, The Last Jedi finds our heroes in the Resistance, led by General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), without time to revel in the destruction of Starkiller Base because the Republic is in tatters and the First Order is still on their heels. Their only hope is Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the hero of the former Rebellion, who has gone into hiding. He’s found by Rey (Daisy Ridley), who strives to convince him to return to the fray and help her learn her true place in the galaxy. Luke, however, fears her raw Force abilities, likening her to his last protegee-gone-awry, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
Meanwhile, Finn (John Boyega) and new hero Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) leave on a secret mission to help the Resistance gain the upper hand while hotshot pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) wrestles with duty and comes to a difference of philosophy with Leia’s second in command, Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern).
Okay so let’s look at the pacing of the film. The Last Jedi comes in around 2 and a half hours long, which makes it the longest running time for any Star Wars flick. Throughout the film the pacing was okay but it did have a few slow portions. Now I will stop myself here on that point but let me tell you this. The part in question (you will know when you see it) was very much needed. We have some major plot points here that leads into something else out of left field. While many of my friends hated this portion of the film it had a purpose. Some elements portrayed a social justice warrior feel (that part was uncalled for) but it was needed but executed poorly! Why you ask? Character development and it leads to something really cool at the end of the film. Pay attention to what you are seeing and you will catch it and when you do, it hits hard. I might be looking way too much into this scene but it’s relevant to Star Wars as a whole.
Now I mentioned character development and we do have some fleshing out in this film. Some characters grow substantially and others are left flat or even just cold. We have many more questions to be answered and no, we did not have an Empire moment in this film…..well maybe, depending on how you look at it. The best way I can say this is you will feel cheated, pissed off, happy, ecstatic and meaningful all rolled into one. This leads into my main point. The Last Jedi will make you feel emotions, both happy and sad. There were parts where I cried, laughed, cursed and wooed and that my friends equal into a really good film. If a movie can make you feel this way and keep you on you’re toes then it was a job well done. This film has so many misdirects that what you think will happen does not and vise versa. It was a stunning film and it felt like a real Star Wars flick. It is much darker than Empire and more exciting than The Force Awakens. Is the film perfect, no but it has some awesome moments that will take your breath away. I think we will end the review there as it’s getting really hard not to spoil anything. Next week we will hit this hard and go over some major plot points. Until then go see the film and may the force be with you all.
Rating- 4 out of 5 wookies.