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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