Star Wars: the Last Jedi Review

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A major fact about me: I LOVE Star Wars. I have been wanting to write a review of The Last Jedi, so although it’s been a few months, I want to share my thoughts just in case someone needs to be persuaded to see it. I’ve seen the movie 3 times so far, and my initial and continuing score is…

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Star Wars: the Last Jedi Review: 10/10 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi follows Rey on her training with Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren’s struggle with the light side, Poe and Leia saving the Rebels, and Finn on his own adventure with a new friend, Rose. The movie itself is visually stunning- truly picturesque landscapes, sweeping panoramas, and incredible transitions. John Williams’ score is, as always, perfect, and perfectly sets the scenes. The storyline feels fresh and unique, with biting humor and unexpected plot twists. It has quickly become my second favorite Star Wars movie.
The strength of the movie lies in the relationships and storylines between Rey, Kylo Ren, and Luke Skywalker. Rey and Kylo Ren are connected through the Force and begin to share a true connection, with both sides confiding their deepest fears and feelings to the other. Both Rey and Kylo Ren’s struggle with the Force and using emotions seem to be paving the way for a more middling way of using the Force- such as a “grey side”. Their fight scene in the throne room is arguably the greatest scene in the whole movie, if not the entirety of the sequels. Learning how Kylo Ren went dark-by the betrayal of his uncle- sets the tone for a redemption arc story for the ages. Luke and Kylo Ren’s confrontation at the end of the movie bring closure to the great Luke Skywalker’s legacy in a truly fitting way.

The movie was not without its critics- people were upset by the newness and the differences in The Last Jedi compared to The Force Awakens. But that’s where its strength lies. Finn and Rose don’t complete their mission; Kylo Ren doesn’t turn to the light; Rey’s parents are nobodies; the Rebels still have to run at the end- all of our expectations of what the Star Wars movies should be and how our heroes should act are turned upside down. And that’s what makes the movie great.

What are your thoughts on the movie? Any theories on the Rey/Kylo Ren relationship? Did you think Luke was in character? Share your thoughts below!

May the Force be with You!

(Did you see Dani’s review of the Greatest Showman?) 

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2 thoughts on “Star Wars: the Last Jedi Review”

  • I liked the film very much, but none of the characters other than Leia felt fully real to me. Rey, Finn, and Rose each were sort of assigned motivations but didn’t seem fully “there” with all the details that make a real person–it’s like the script had a great outline but the details were never filled in. Luke’s hostility to the Force didn’t make a whole lot of sense. Laura Dern’s character (whose name I’ve forgotten) had a weird strategy that would have been more effective if she’d explained it rather than concealing it from others on her side–and she looked lovely, but that wasn’t a practical outfit for her job. There was something about the pacing that felt more like TV than a movie to me.

    All that said, I loved the scenery and creature design, and I appreciate that the film not only shows female leaders but also emphasizes positive energy: “We win not by destroying what we hate but by saving what we love.”

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    • Hm. That’s pretty interesting- I feel that Rey was more realized as a complex character who will eventually be some sort of grey Jedi- with both light and dark inside of her. The Finn and Rose story line wasn’t my favorite, but I did like how it was turned on its head and they didn’t succeed- much more interesting that way. Luke’s hostility to the Force made sense to me since he tried to kill his nephew; I imagine that would cause a lot of self doubt and loathing. And Admiral Holdo didn’t owe anything to Poe- he was only a Captain, and should have followed orders. That’s how the military works. Plus her jumping to light speed into the First Order was so freaking cool.

      The main message of love is so important, because that’s how Ben Solo will be saved. His redemption will be so amazing to see! Dani

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